SIBLEY—The Rev. Gordon K. Vickery age 92, of Sibley, IA, died on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Country View Manor in Sibley.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan, IA, with the Rev. Steve Swenson and Pastor Emmanuel T. Naweji officiating.
Burial will take place at a later date in the family plot in southeast Iowa.
Visitation with family present will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the United Methodist Church of Ocheyedan.
In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials which will be directed to Gordon’s favorite charities.
Gordon Keith Vickery Sr. was born March 26, 1929, to Walter and Edith (Steffe) Vickery in Sioux City, IA. He was educated in the public schools in Sioux City, attending the schools at Bryant, North Junior, and East High, graduating in 1948. Upon graduating he attended the University of Iowa for one year then transferred to Morningside College in Sioux City. On Nov. 30 he was drafted into the Army during the Korean conflict. On Dec. 2, 1952, he was honorably discharged. He went to the University of South Dakota and graduated in June 1955. In August of 1955 he entered the Crozier Seminary and graduated in June of 1959 with a Master’s Degree in Theology. He served in 21 Churches in his career. Many of which were two-point charges, retiring at the age of 81.
In June of 1954 he married the love of his life, Gwendolyn Ann Belongea. They were blessed with six children: Renee, Keith, Kevin, Kenneth, Rebecca, and Kent.
His first hobby was HO gauge trains set up to play with. His other hobby was clowning. He was a member of the Shrine Clowns of Sioux City, and the Clowns of America. Upon graduating from seminary, he moved back to Iowa and joined the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in June of 1959. He retired in June 1993 after serving 40 years in the parish ministry.
He is survived by his daughter, Renee (Bruce) Hines and son, Kent (Cheryl) Vickery; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Edith Vickery; wife, Gwendolyn; children, Kenneth, Keith, Kevin and Becky Sachen; two sisters, Helen and Olive; and two brothers, Walter and Warren.