James Elmer Vickery
July 28,1943 - July 15,2019
Obituary for James Elmer Vickery
James Elmer Vickery born on the 28th of July in 1943 in Maltby, Snohomish County passed away on the 15th of July, 2019 (age 75) at Tacoma General Hospital surrounded by family and friends. James "Jim/Jimmy" is preceded in death by his parents John "Sky" and Naomi "Nan" Vickery, as well as his older brother Donald "Butch" Vickery. Jim leaves behind his adoring daughter Tina, grandchildren Graham and Elaine, as well as siblings Judy and John (LaRae), many wonderful nieces and nephews, their families and countless friends.
Jim grew up in Manchester, WA on the Puget Sound. As a child and young adult, Jim enjoyed spending time outdoors with his siblings, fishing, clam-digging and being in and on the water. In 1961, at the age of 18, Jim enlisted in the military and got the chance to travel, summitting Mt. Fuji in Japan on one of his several excursions while in the Navy.
After being honorably discharged in 1964, Jim went back to the Seattle area and worked at the Seattle Center while attending additional schooling. Following these endeavors, Jim started a long career as a commercial truck driver for Sysco food services. In addition to his 30+ years as a Teamster, Jim, and his former wife Josephine, held ownership over multiple properties; including several houses, an apartment complex, part-ownership of a dinner theater, a tavern and even a racehorse. During this time, Jim was a supportive and active father to his daughter and enjoyed teaching her how to play sports and attending her games. They also loved watching the variety shows and sitcoms of the 70's together.
In addition to his career and spending time with his family, Jim had many hobbies and interests. He loved music of all kinds, golfing, thoroughbred horse racing, bowling, baseball, and in the last decades of his life was an avid participant of medalist darts and skee ball. When he wasn't participating in activities outside his home, Jim loved watching sports games, particularly the Seattle Mariners and the Seahawks with his Summerhill community members, friends and family.
A great friend to all who met him and loved by many, Jim will long be remembered as a warm and giving man with a great smile, a great laugh, and a kind heart. He will be sorely missed.
For those who knew him and wish to join in a celebration of remembrance, there will be a memorial held at Kent Masonic Center at 2 p.m, Sunday July 28th.
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