Dale Vickrey

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 1:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 1:49 p.m. CDT

GLADSTONE, Mo. — Dale Vickrey, 98, passed away at his home in Hospice care on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, following a brief illness. He would have been 99 on April 11.

Dale was born in 1915 near Dover to Maurice and Ethel Vickrey. His folks lived on a farm before moving into Princeton in the 1930s. He married Doris Marie Smith of Wyanet on Feb. 5, 1936, in Lebec, Calif. She died in January 1998. They had one daughter, Rita.

When World War II broke out, he moved the family back to Princeton. During the war he worked at the Green River Ordnance Depot and he helped close it after the war. He then went to work for the E B Cullen Company selling supplies. He had began his selling career at the age of 6, selling chickens to the neighbors. He later sold for the Burgess Battery Company in Peoria and Mount Prospect, followed by U.S. Safety and Kraft Tools in Bettendorf, Iowa, and Kansas City, Mo. When he retired at age, 67, three companies wanted him to come and manage their sales departments. Instead, he decided to become an independent sales contractor, which he did until his wife died. Later that year he married Betty Pratt and they moved to Harlingen, Texas. He started his own supply business at the age of 82 and finally retired at age 94, after a very successful sales career. In August of 2013, they moved back to Kansas City.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Maurice and Ethel Vickrey; a sister Madeline; a sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Harry Genslinger; and his wife, Doris Smith Vickrey.

Surviving him is his daughter, Rita, and her husband, Howard Johnson, of LeClaire, Iowa, their children, Keith (Amy) Johnson of Olathe, Kan., and Kendall (Corina) Johnson and Margo (Chad)McInnis of the Davenport, Iowa, area; his great-grandchildren, Andrew and Daniel (Kristen) Johnson, Nicholas Peters, Richard and Carrie Johnson, Joel (Holly), Mitchell and Zachary Drescher; and his great-great grandchildren, Olivia and Arianna Johnson, Cayden, Kendall and Khloe Johnson, Michael Johnson and Lindsay Dittmer, and Nathan and Mia Drescher.

A private funeral service will be held at the Meyers Northland Funeral Home in Parksville, Mo. A private burial service will follow at Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton.

Memorials may be made to Bureau Valley Volunteer Hospice.

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