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John Vickers, 74, longtime resident of Danville and more recently of Round Lake, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, with his sons by his side and his wife holding his hand at Centegra Hospital in McHenry.
A visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Pape Family Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams St., Danville. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danville with Pastor Heidle officiating. Burial will follow in Lutheran Cemetery.
John was born Oct. 13, 1942, in Hoopeston to John and Marjorie (Bell) Vickers.
He attended Hoopeston area schools and Hoopeston High School, where he was a fantastic sports enthusiast. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on board the USS Lexington, was part of the Cuban blockade and was on the first ship to enter into Saigon waters at the beginning of the Vietnam War.
Upon his return he attended Danville Junior College. John worked at Teepak for 17 years from 1969 to 1986. He later owned his own business for over 15 years, Design Advantage, where he was a mechanical designer.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, past president of the Danville Engineer's Club and a 53-year member of Hoopeston American Legion.
John was a wonderful husband, father and American patriot, and was a great friend to all. He was the World's Greatest Cubs fan, all three of his sons' Little League coach and enjoyed traveling with his wife all over the country to see his son sing opera. John also looked forward to his annual fishing trip in southern Illinois with his fishing buddies.
John married Karen Oglesby on Sept. 5, 1969, at Trinity Lutheran in Danville, and the two have shared over 47 years together.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; three sons, Shawn Vickers, Eric (Pam) Vickers, and Justin (Mike Wolf) Vickers; a granddaughter, Caitlyn Vickers; a brother, Rick (Peg) Vickers; four aunts; and many dearly loved cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.papefuneral.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in John's name to Danville Lutheran School or the American Heart and Lung Foundation.
Published on January 6, 2017
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