Obituary for Joseph M Piggott

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Joseph M Piggott

May 18, 2013 - April 20, 2013

Joseph Michael Piggott, 90, of Indianapolis, died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at his residence.

He was born May 18, 1922 to the late John and Jennie Piggott. He married Jean Elizabeth Shea on January 24, 1948. She died May 18, 1998.

He is survived by daughters Patty, Barb Barrick (Brooks), and Phyllis Strauss (Michael); sons Mike (Nancy), Tim, Bob, Dennis, Jim and Dan Piggott; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Piggott grew up in the Holy Cross neighborhood of Indianapolis, graduated from Cathedral School in 1941 and attended Butler University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Known as Joe Pickett, he capped a long career in broadcasting with induction into the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2011. He worked at several radio and television stations in Indiana, including WFBM, WIBC, WXLW, WISH, WSAL and WLRP, as well as stations in Cincinnati, Columbus, OH, St. Louis and West Palm Beach. During the 1960s and 1970s he teamed with Glenn Webber on one of the most popular radio shows in Indianapolis, the Pickett-Webber Thing on WFBM. Later, he partnered with Fred Heckman on the WIBC morning news.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 125 North Oriental St., at 10 am Tuesday, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Entombment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis. Funeral services have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home in Morgantown Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to St. Charles Youth and Family Services, 151 S. 84th St., Milwaukee, WI 53214.

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Born: May 18, 2013
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Condolences for Joseph Piggott

Beth Dawson posted on 1/1/00

Jim and family--prayers are with you. Hang on to the good memories and your faith to bring you comfort.


Gary Todd posted on 1/1/00

Linda and I send our thoughts and prayers to let you know we're thinking of you I treasure the friendship I had with Joe. The times in the studio and on the golf course..but more important the conversations about dealing with life and on going challenges. Joe was a great listener and was always there when I needed a friend. I know how much he loved all of you and appreciated your relationship with him. Wish we could be there for his service...but know we'll be there in spirit.


Peggy McCalley McCullough posted on 1/1/00

Patty and Family, I am so saddened to learn of the passing of your Dad. I met him on just a few occassions with my Mom and Dad, Ellie and Dick McCalley. What a delightful person he was. My parents would speak of him often and smile at memories of Joe. They both knew him as young people at Holy Cross and at Cathedral. Please know that the McCalley Family is keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you! Peggy


Vicki & John Scott posted on 1/1/00

Tim, our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on your Dad's passing. We are thinking of you. Take care, all our love, Vicki and John Scott (Russ Settle's daughter)


Janice Engle-Fletcher posted on 1/1/00

Jim and the entire family, I'm so sorry to hear of your wonderful father's passing. He was truly a blessing to you, St. Monica's church/school, and our entire community. God bless, Jan


Bill Mullenholz posted on 1/1/00

Tim, and the Piggot family. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. He was a great guy, very funny on the radio and an Eastside legend. He will be missed. My prayers to you all.


Paula McKinney posted on 1/1/00

Mike, not sure I've told you this before, but I "knew" your dad long before your career path and mine crossed. My Grandma Waltz (Arcadia, Ind.) lived with her kitchen radio on (actually, blaring). Joe Piggott's distinguished voice was such a friendly presence. Pleasant memories for me, and no doubt proud memories for you and your brothers and sisters. I heard "that voice" again years later it was yours! ... Sharing in your loss and sending prayers to you and the entire Piggott Family.


Laureen Hartig posted on 1/1/00

Dear Barb: I am keeping you and Brooks and your family in prayer as you go through the loss of your father. Pastor Laureen Hartig


LouAnn Brodeick-Griswold posted on 1/1/00

Bob, my condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. Blessings of peace to you all. LouAnn