Charles Vickrey, 84

Charles Wade Vickrey, 84, of Boynton Beach, Fla. (formerly from Three Rivers), passed away on April 19, 2010 at 11 p.m., due to a long illness.

Mr. Vickrey was the third child of Kenneth and Clara Hazel (Hughes) Vickrey. He attended school in Missouri.

Mr. Vickrey served in the U.S. Navy (Pacific Theatre) during World War II. He was a member of the Hice- Shutes American Legion Post #170.

He was united in marriage to Donna (Wright) Vickrey on Feb. 9, 1957 in the First Presbyterian Church by the late Rev. Manson Lowe in Three Rivers.

During his lifetime he was active as coach of Little League baseball for several years and two sons were on the team, Youth Advisor with his wife, Donna, and their children participated; served as Deacon, Elder and Trustee at Three Rivers Presbyterian Church, and with his wife as President of the couple’s Mariner’s Club. He later served as a Deacon and Trustee with the First Presbyterian Church in Boynton Beach, Fla. He also served as Chaplain with the BPOE in Three Rivers. He and his wife enjoyed dancing and also belonged to the Promenade Square Dance Club. He enjoyed camping in their RV and golfing. He was a former member of Sauganash CC. He especially enjoyed golfing with his son, Timm, and grandsons. He enjoyed fishing with his son, Wade, and his son-in-law, Mike. He enjoyed canoe trips with his daughter, Christine, when she was a teenager. He especially enjoyed planting gardens, attending school functions, and church to hear his granddaughter sing.

Charles (Vic) (Chuck) Vickrey enjoyed many family vacations, two that were special were one in Hawaii and one on a Mediterranean Cruise with his family when he was 80 years old.

He was a very loving, kind, caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was employed with Armstrong Machine Works in the Electronics Dept. (humidifiers) from July 1, 1962 until his retirement in July 1991. He served as Armstag Club president. Seven of the 29 years with Armstrong were with their plant in New Braunfels, Texas. When the plant in Texas closed, he returned to the plant in Three Rivers until retirement.

After retirement they moved to Florida and he decided to continue working so he was employed at Ballentrae Condos first in maintenance and later as a guard. He was there 10 years.

Surviving are his wife, Donna; daughter, Christine (Michael) Roberts of Boynton Beach, Fla.; two sons, Timm (Laurie) Smith of Three Rivers and Wade Smith of Driggs, Idaho; two granddaughters, Renee Roberts and Mindy (Robert) Stuart; five grandsons, Chad Smith, Brian (Kelly) Smith, Kevin (Lacie) Smith, Josh (Debbie) Zinsmaster and Trevor Zinsmaster; nine great-grandchildren, one brother, Robert (Tanya) Vickrey of Sweet Springs, Mo.; two sisters, Kathryn Sadewasser of Centreville and Mary (Michael) Marietta of Three Rivers; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters and a son.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Boynton Beach on Saturday, April 24 at 11 a.m., Dr. Rev. Gill officiating.

A military memorial and interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers, on Monday, April 26 at 11 a.m., Dan Lane, Chaplain of Armstrong International, officiating.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be given to: First Presbyterian Church, 235 SW 6th Ave., Boynton Beach, FL 33435 or Hospice of Palm Beach County, 2815 S. Seacrest Avenue, 4th Floor, Boynton Beach, FL 33435.

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