Tom Vickerman                 Robert Vipond          
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Vickerman, Tom  07.23.10  CANCER
 
Tom was born April 21, 1949 to Thomas and Lucille (Johnson) Vickerman.
He graduated from Jefferson High School in Alexandria in 1967.  Tom attended
Concordia College in Moorhead where he played football for the Cobbers and
received a bachelor of science degree in physical education.  From 1971 to 1976
he taught at Sacred Heart where he coached football, girl's basketball and track.
 On November 29, 1975, Tom married Pat Green of Kensington.  They made
their home in Alexandria on the fifth generation Vickerman farm.  Pat and Tom
were blessed with two children, Shannon and Josh.  Tom started teaching
drivers' education in Alexadria in 1977 and later became the physical education teacher for
Garfield, Carlos and Miltona elementary schools, while continuing to farm.  He retired from
teaching in 2006.
 In 2001, Tom as named MBCA Assistant Coach of the Year and received the 2004
Alexandria Education Award.  He was the founder of the Cardinal Cage Camp and co-founder
of the Alexandria Aces.  Tom was also instrumental in starting the Alexandria youth
basketball program.
 Tom had great passion for many things.  He loved working on his hobby farm, caring for his
animals, spending time at his Lake Ida home, cutting wood on the land, all sports and
especially coacing.  Tom had a genuine interest in everyone and became a role model for
many.  His laugh, which was very contagious, was known and recognized by all.
 Tom had a quiet but strong faith, and his love for his family was obvious to anyone who met
him.  He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a dedicated brother and uncle and
always a loyal friend.  Tom's most recent joy was being a grandpa to young Tommy.  He was
a man who inspired everyone he met to be a better person, to do their very best and, most
of all, to live their lives with an attitude of thankfulness and happiness.
 He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Pat, of Alexandria;  daughter, Shannon
Vickerman of Sartell;  son, Josh (Brooke) Vickerman of Fargo;  grandson, Tommy
Vickerman;  sisters, Dorothy Shinn and Doris (Roger) Thompson, both of Alexandria;  aunt
Lilly Vickerman, of Oakdale;  the Green family, the Shelby family, and many nieces, nephews
and cousins.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lucille Vickerman;  and sister,
Theresa Ohnstad.
 A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 28 at United Methodist Church in
Alexandria with the Rev Jeff Hansen officiating.  Music was provided by organist, Gale
Maxwell.  Inurnment was at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria.  Honorary pallbearers were
Tim Urness, Tom Green, Archie Vickerman, Don Shelby, John Holsten, Dennis Rapp, the
Shelby family and Tom's nieces and nephews.
 Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.



Vipond, Robert F  07.11.09
  320 763 6860  1801 Kari St NE  Alex 56308
   
Married to classmate, Glenice Olson
   
Retired from teaching @ District 206 in 2008.  Spending time in Minnesota and Texas,
where my son lives.  Spending time loving my wife, my son and his wife, and my grandchildren.
   
Goals:  *Wolrdwide peace  *Family success  *Apologize for any crap I gave anybody who
didn't deserve it.


Visker, Joan
   
last pictured @11th grade year book
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