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Michael Leroy Vickers

February 7, 1952 - December 25, 2013

Michael Leroy Vickers, 61, of Independence, formerly of both Buckner and Polo, Missouri, passed away on December 25, 2013 at Centerpoint Medical Center.

Michael was born on February 7, 1952 in Independence, Missouri, the son of Leroy and Beverly (Knauf) Vickers. He was baptized at age 10 in the Buckner RLDS Church.  In his youth, Michael spent time playing many sports including football, baseball and basketball while earning extra money by working for local farmers and washing dishes at the Lake City Artillery Plant.  He was a 1970 graduate of Fort Osage High School and went to college on a basketball scholarship at Missouri Southern in Joplin, Missouri, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1974. On July 12, 1974, he was united in marriage to Jayne (Sadler); during their 39 years together, they raised three daughters, Stacy, Kim and Kathy.

Michael worked at Armco Steel Plant in Kansas City, Missouri after college for about 10 years.  In the mid-eighties, he began working at Kansas City Rubber and Belting Company, an industrial distributor, as a Sales Manager. This is where he spent the rest of his working career.

Michael liked to stay active and spent his time coaching girl’s softball teams, playing co-ed softball and basketball.  He enjoyed hunting quail, pheasant, and turkeys and was often a part of trapshooting leagues in Lake Lotawana, Carrollton, and Smithville. He was an active member of the Kansas City Trapshooting Association and often participated in competitive trapshooting events.  He loved dogs and had many that he raised and trained throughout his lifetime.  This includes two of his favorites, one named Judy, which his kids were kind enough to un-train for him, and Casper, a stray who adopted Mike while he lived on the farm and helped him herd cattle.

He and his wife Jayne loved to camp and travel.  They both have many fond memories together from Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota.  In his later years, he loved to spend time with his grandchildren, Logan and Kaden and tinkering around on his hobby farm.  Most of all, Michael loved to spend time with his family – especially when it included homemade ice cream.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Vickers and a sister, Susan Vickers.

Michael leaves behind his wife, Jayne of the home; daughters, Stacy Eskam & husband, Clint of Edgerton, KS, Kim Garrison of Independence, MO, Kathy Tubbs & husband, Duke of Edgewater, FL; mother, Beverly Conoley of Independence, MO; siblings, David Vickers & wife, Karen of Independence, Brenda McKinley & husband, Randy of Blue Springs, MO, Terry Vickers & wife, Sonya of Kansas City, MO; and two grandchildren, whom he adored, Logan Arndt and Kaden Garrison.

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