Ray Vickere was born on May 31, 1946, in La Grande, Oregon. His parents were Gordon Vickere of Umapine, Oregon, and Julia Peebler-Vickere of Pendleton, Oregon. Ray spent his childhood in Pendleton, where he graduated from Pendleton High School.
After graduating he went on to Blue Mountain Community College and earned an Associate of Science in civil engineering technology. Ray served in the Army and was deployed to Vietnam in 1966-67. He worked for the Forest Service for many years until retirement.
Ray spent the next several years with his wife, Janice, traveling and volunteering at various organizations in the community, including Special Olympics. Ray was an active member in his local VFW, Post 922. Ray also spent time with the Pendleton Baptist Church. He had a strong faith in the Lord and was a devoted Christian.
His grandchildren would like to state that he was the best grandfather that they could ever have. He was always there when they needed him; he would drop anything going on to be there for them.
Ray is preceded in death by his father Gordon, his mother Julia, his sister Marlene Abercrombie, and his daughter Denise Vickere.
He is survived in death by his wife Janice Vickere of Pendleton; children Lynette and Buck McEntire, Angela and Tony Nolan, and Timothy Vickere, all of Pendleton, and Jennifer and Mark Burton of Salem; grandchildren Meghan Burns, Taylor Morris, Saleen McEntire, Ryder Nolan and Kylie Nolan, all of Pendleton, and Danielle, Mellanie, Cameron, Logan and Cassie, all of Salem; sisters Margaret Harned, Donna Moore and Wanda Steele, all of Pendleton; brothers Keith Vickere and Larry Trump; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank VFW, Post 922, Pastor Paul Parker and his wife Kelly and The Pendleton Baptist Church, and VisionSource of Pendleton.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the VFW Hall, 1221 S.E. Court Place, Pendleton.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.pioneerchapel.com