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Richard Lee Vickery


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Richard Lee Vickery, 62, of Arizona, passed away on January 2, 2024 in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Mr. Vickery, a retired Navy Seaman, was born in Oak Park, Illinois.  He was a resilient soul who triumphed over life’s challenges.

Richard’s  journey was marked by tenacity and a relentless spirit. From navigating personal setbacks, he emerged strong. His triumphs were not only personal but also inspiring to those who knew him.

He leaves behind a legacy of resilience, teaching us that even in the face of adversity, success is possible through hard work and an indomitable spirit.

As we bid farewell, let us remember him for the  inspiration he bestowed upon us all. May his legacy continue to inspire others to face life’s challenges with courage and perseverance. Survivors include Lori (sister), Meri (sister), Martha (sister), Mark (brother), Tom Ford (his adopted family), and all who loved him.

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  1. M. Bittel says:

    I met Rich when I was in grade school, at his sister’s Halloween party. The highlight of this event was a “haunted house” that required us girls to weave our way through sheets suspended from clotheslines in the darkened laundry room. Rich popped up at the end with a big roar and a flashlight under his chin, scaring us silly — and we all agreed on two things: 1) he looked just like Luke Skywalker, and 2) the Vickery brothers were pretty cool. Several of us went through the haunted house twice, because it was one thing to be startled, but quite another to be startled by someone who looked like a Hollywood movie star.
    How I wish that life had stayed simple, and that every challenge could be vanquished with a lightsaber. We all know better — but in the end, Rich showed far more strength and courage than most. I’ve come to believe that quiet resilience, a resolute determination never to quit, may be one of the truest earthly forces of all. I look up at the stars now, and picture Rich shining peacefully yet brilliantly as part of a greater light.

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Richard Lee Vickery, 62, of Arizona, passed away on January 2, 2024 in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Mr. Vickery, a retired Navy Seaman, was born in Oak Park, Illinois.  He was a resilient soul who triumphed over life’s challenges.

Richard’s  journey was marked by tenacity and a relentless spirit. From navigating personal setbacks, he emerged strong. His triumphs were not only personal but also inspiring to those who knew him.

He leaves behind a legacy of resilience, teaching us that even in the face of adversity, success is possible through hard work and an indomitable spirit.

As we bid farewell, let us remember him for the  inspiration he bestowed upon us all. May his legacy continue to inspire others to face life’s challenges with courage and perseverance. Survivors include Lori (sister), Meri (sister), Martha (sister), Mark (brother), Tom Ford (his adopted family), and all who loved him.

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  1. M. Bittel says:

    I met Rich when I was in grade school, at his sister’s Halloween party. The highlight of this event was a “haunted house” that required us girls to weave our way through sheets suspended from clotheslines in the darkened laundry room. Rich popped up at the end with a big roar and a flashlight under his chin, scaring us silly — and we all agreed on two things: 1) he looked just like Luke Skywalker, and 2) the Vickery brothers were pretty cool. Several of us went through the haunted house twice, because it was one thing to be startled, but quite another to be startled by someone who looked like a Hollywood movie star.
    How I wish that life had stayed simple, and that every challenge could be vanquished with a lightsaber. We all know better — but in the end, Rich showed far more strength and courage than most. I’ve come to believe that quiet resilience, a resolute determination never to quit, may be one of the truest earthly forces of all. I look up at the stars now, and picture Rich shining peacefully yet brilliantly as part of a greater light.

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