Richard Vickers


With great sadness, the family of Richard Lee Vickers announces his February 26, 2021 passing. Richard was beloved for all his 90 years and will be sorely missed. The fourth of six children, he was born at home, in Kansas City, Kansas, on January 26, 1931 to Ethel Edna and Samuel Henry Vickers. 

He went to work in the oilfields at the age of 17 and continued this work into retirement. He served as foreman for various drilling and oil production companies, with his longest tenure served with Oil Well Service. Tough, but fair, he would never ask the men to undertake anything that he would not do himself. Richard’s word was his bond. 

Richard married Geneva Vickers in 1948, and raised three daughters. Thirty years later, he married Betty Wallace, and gained two more daughters and a son. Richard loved all of his family and was intimately involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his siblings, Betty Dunn of Fresno, Bill Vickers of Reno; six children, Sandra Popejoy and husband, Michael, of Taft, Cheryl Vickers of Coalinga, Jennie Ragsdale of Coalinga, Patricia Board and husband, Fred, of Lewiston, ID, Jim Wallace of Lewiston, and Penny Wallace of Bakersfield. His grandchildren, Eric, Alan, Heather, Terry, Rick, Jeremiah, Amber, Bryon, Jimmy, Bryan, Nicholas, Alexander, and numerous great-grandchildren survive him. 

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Ethel Vickers, wife Betty Vickers, sisters Lois Thompson and Cecil Abilene Vickers, brother Kenneth, son-in-law, David Ragsdale, and grandson, Christopher Wallace.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on March 18, 2021 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. 

Posted online on March 11, 2021