[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Friday, November 09, 2007 at 04:52:57 :

Novato Advance
May 17, 1978
Section A, page 18


A memorial service was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at the Redwood Chapel Funeral Home for John Vickers who did Friday in a Sacramento rest home at the age of 102.

Called “Uncle John” by his friends, Vickers had lived in Ignacio until recently moving to Sacramento.

He was born November 27, 1875 on a farm near Charleston, West Virginia. For many years he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and was foreman of a bridge-building gang in New Mexico where he spent most of his adult life.

He did not marry until age 45. His wife, Frances, died when their only child (Billie Rankin, of Novato) was 14 months old.

After his retirement he lived on his own in an apartment in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, until a few years ago when his daughter brought him to Novato.

He was an avid gardener and took daily walks with the aid of a cane. He was able to see and hear without glasses or hearing aid and gardened right up to the day he died.

Besides his daughter, he is survived by three grandchildren.

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