Joe Vickery Jr.
Henry Joseph Vickery Jr., better known as “Joe” Vickery, went to be with his Lord, May 15, 2015. He was born to Henry and Videlia Vickery August 20, 1933 in
Joe was a member of the Marine Corps Reserves in
Upon returning home, he finished his education and was employed at NASA for two years. He then transferred to the Galveston County Health District. Joe was active in many professional organizations including, Texas Public Health Association, Sanitarians Association and the Environmental Health Association. He was elected and served many years as Director of Texas Municipal Health Officials, Eastern Section. This area included all of east
Joe was a life member of the Marine Corps League. Esprit de Corps (Group Spirit, Pride, Devotion) was his motto and Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) was his code. He held the office of Chaplain and Commandant in the Galveston Detachment and was elected Chaplain, Department of Texas in 2014. He authored the Marine Corps League “Fallen Marine Program” in 2002. This program honors all fallen Marines and was adopted by the State Department as their official honor service. It has since been adopted by Departments and hundreds of Detachments all over the world. Joe has led Honored Services for over 400 fallen Marines in the
Joe loved to travel with friends and believed laughter was holistic medicine. He welcomed a good story and never missed a chance to share one. He loved sports of all kinds. In his younger years he played tennis, racket ball, semi-pro football and golf. At one time, he carried a golf handicap of 71.5 with his lowest score being a 59. He had 3 hole-in-ones and shot in the low 70's well into his late 70's. In the 1950's Joe was also one of only four Water Safety Instructor Trainers in the State of
Joe was an active member of the
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, sons Walter Harris and Jay Vickery, and brothers Curtis Hurst and James Vickery. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Dolores Vickery, daughters, Debbie Harris, Karen Brewer, Cayce Brewster and husband William, and Rita Mussmann and husband August. Sons Keith and wife Victoria and Richard Vickery. Sisters Lucille Sizemore and Margaret Dale and husband Bill. Brothers Donnie Caltagirone and wife Janet, and Ronnie Caltagirone and wife Lorrie. Grandchildren, Kara Brewer, Michelle Scott, Christy Key, Kari Vickery, Katie Halstead, Richard Keenan Vickery, Jr. and three great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from five to seven p.m. Tuesday, May 19th at Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 I-45 N Texas City, Texas. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20th at
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
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