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Lester Dean Vickrey, a 54 year resident of the South Bay, went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2012, at age 88. Born in Buffalo, AR on January 6, 1924, he was 12th of 21 children. His early years were spent in the Ozark Mountains of AR and Claremore, OK. A Purple Heart recipient, he served in the Army during WWII both in the US and Asiatic Pacific Theatre. Lester worked in construction for 30 yrs and was a 50 year member of Laborers' Union Local 802; retiring in 1989. He had a green thumb and enjoyed growing vegetables and roses. He also loved watching his favorite teams (Lakers, Dodgers and Angels) lake fishing and visiting with family and friends. His home-away-from home was Denny's in Gardena where he was known as Pops. Lester was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Richard and Mentie Evelyn Vickrey; wife of 57 years, Janie; son, Richard Michael, and 16 siblings. He is survived by his son, Robert Mark Vickrey; daughters: Catherine Ann (John) Shattuck and Debra Marie (Robert) Francis; grandchildren: Jim (Rachel) Shattuck, Maigan and Bobby Francis; 3 brothers and 1 sister. Lester, beloved and devoted husband, dad, papa and friend will be greatly missed by those he left behind. The viewing will be held at White and Day Mortuary in Manhattan Beach on Wed., April 11, 4 to 8pm. The Service will be held in the Pacific Crest Cemetery Chapel, Redondo Beach on Thurs., April 12, 11am with burial following. A reception will then be held at White and Day Mortuary in Manhattan Beach

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  1. Dear Dad, Precious memories, how they linger. Thank you for so many beautiful ones! Love you forever and always. Ann (Punken)

  2. My heart has hurt for about a week, I will miss you coming this summer, sitting out in my front yard hanging with the cool kids lol! I will miss you and love you always Debi lou

  3. I did not know Uncle Lester as well as my sister Debbie, but I do remember visiting a few times and have heard many stories of just how great a uncle he was…rest in peace

  4. I remember the summer visits and how happy my mom was to see him on his last visit to Sulphur. I’ve heard so many stories and they always ended with “he’s a good guy”. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Tommie (Juanita’s daughter)

  5. My condolences to our family, Uncle Lester’s friends and all those who loved him. He is surely smiling as he is now with Aunt Janie, Nanny (Burlie Goff) and many other family members who have gone to Heaven to live with our Lord. Rest in peace

  6. You all are in our prayers. sad to say, to my knowledge i did not ever get to meet Uncle Lester, even though he was my Grandfather’s brother. Verl was my grandfather. But please know ya’ll are being prayed for.. love Larry Jr.

  7. You all are in our prayers. sad to say, to my knowledge i did not ever get to meet Uncle Lester, even though he was my Grandfather’s brother. Verl was my grandfather. But please know ya’ll are being prayed for.. love Larry Jr.

  8. You all are in our prayers. sad to say, to my knowledge i did not ever get to meet Uncle Lester, even though he was my Grandfather’s brother. Verl was my grandfather. But please know ya’ll are being prayed for.. love Larry Jr.

  9. I wish all of the family the love and prayers they need to get through this hard time in there life. Keep all the memories close to your heart it helps to get through the day sometimes.We all loved Lester dean!! I can hear his voice in the back of my mind saying is that “SHORTY” with his great big smile. From my family to yours God bless..

  10. We are so very sorry to her the sad news about your dad debi. He was such a character and obviously beloved by many, many people. Most notably, his family and friends. We send you our deep condolences and are keeping you in out thoughts and prayers.

  11. My thoughts are with you guys today. Uncle Lester gave me some of the best memories of my life. When I close my eyes I can see the twinkle in his eyes and hear his great laugh. He will truly be missed. Dirty Ernie

  12. Ann, thinking and praying for you and your family. I will always remember all those good memories of Uncle Lester in Arkansas. He was so sweet and wonderful to talk to. I was so hoping for one more trip to Arkansas to be with him. But lets plan on a trip again to Arkansas, he would want you to be with your “Holland” family again.

  13. I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Lester! I loved the times we spent together in Ark. Loved talking to him and listening to his stories. I sure was hoping to see him again in Ark. He’s sitting up there in heaven taking in all that country music we’re missing! He will be greatly missed! Love and prayers, Becky

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