St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens

701 W Virtue ST, Chalmette, LA


John Norman Vickers III

9 septembre 194025 avril 2020
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On Saturday, April 25, 2020, Louisiana's community of funeral professionals lost an invaluable member, in the passing of John N. Vickers, III, at the age of 79. He was the devoted husband of Meredith "Dee" Lemoine Vickers. Loving father of John Joseph Vickers (Mindy), Debra Lynn Vickers (Troy LeBlanc), and Deral Lynn Morse (Ricky). Proud grandfather of Jonathan (Ashlyn Jessie), Payton, and Braden Vickers; Brandon and Amber Gross, and Tiffany Droddy (Patrick); Dani and Derrick Morse; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; John N. Vickers, Jr. and Bernice Barnes Vickers, grandchildren; baby Steven Andrew Vickers and infant twins Alexandra LyNann Morse and Taylor Alexander Morse. John embarked on his illustrious career in the funeral industry after graduating from Common Wealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas, and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Louisiana in 1965. A two-term president of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, John served the families of the greater New Orleans area with professionalism and compassion for a total of 55 years. He moved from Baton Rouge in 1972, to St. Bernard Parish, where he was the manager of Lamana Panno Fallo Funeral Home until it's acquirement by Stewart Enterprises. John subsequently managed and worked for St. Bernard Memorial until opening and managing his own funeral home, Vickers, Verrette, and Dornan, from 2000 - 2005. He ultimately became synonymous with funeral service in St. Bernard Parish. John played an instrumental role in the recovery and identification of Hurricane Katrina's true victims, as well as the restoration of numerous cemeteries after Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. He was an active member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region VI, for 20 years, as well as an instructor for the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness. Outside of his career as a funeral director and embalmer, John thrived by giving back to his community. He was a Lieutenant of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office, a collaborator of the Louisiana Job Training Partnership Act, and a past president of the Rotary Club of St. Bernard, where he was the founding chairman of the St. Bernard Junior Miss Scholarship Program. In recent years, John was a funeral director at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, where he dutifully worked until the day before his admission to the hospital. There, he received a diagnosis of aggressive pancreatic cancer. Surrounded by his loving family, he passed away peacefully, in his home, a few days later. Delayed by coronavirus restrictions, relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering and celebration of John’s life to be held at ST. BERNARD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. A Memorial Mass will begin at 12:00 PM. Inurnment will be private. John was a proud sponsor of both St. Jude Children’s Hospital at 800-873-6983 www.stjude.org and The Wounded Warriors Project 877-832-6997 www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Please honor John’s memory in making a donation in lieu of flowers.



    samedi, 11 juillet , 2020


    samedi, 11 juillet , 2020


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Karen Delos Reyes

juillet 11, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family. Rest In Peace.

Nadine Reichert Couture

juillet 10, 2020

Much Respect for Mr. Vickers. He was my Dad’s friend and assisted my family in their funeral arrangements. Always a kind hearted man. Rest In Peace sir. My sincerest condolences to the Vickers family 🙏🙏🙏

The Louis Reichert Family

Debra Vickers

juillet 9, 2020

My heart is overwhelmed with joy on the impact my sweet daddy had on so many peoples lives. We all knew he was an amazing , giving, caring selfless man and God Blessed me too be his daughter. Our lives were forever changed with sadness when daddy went to Heaven. But just knowing what he has done and accomplished in his lifetime and the impact Daddy had on so many friends and people he didn’t even know makes me smile ❤️❤️ Daddy loved doing what he did and it wasn’t just a job too him. He knew he made a difference in people’s lives and that’s why he loved it. Thank you all for sharing your kind words and memories. It means a lot too our family. Love you and will miss you dearly Daddy Your babygirl.

Cheryl Cabirac

juillet 6, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about your loss. My sincerest condolences to you Meredith and the family. I worked for John for many years and he was a wonderful boss and a true friend. He will be sadly missed.
May the Lord Comfort you in this most difficult time.

James "Jim" Anderson

juin 6, 2020

I was shocked to hear John had died. John and I go a long way back being friends and classmates in Mortuary College in Houston, Texas. We graduated in 1964 and went our separate ways. I would talk to John a few time yearly. He called me in 1974 and asked if I would be interested in working in New Orleans. After much meditation and prayer, I moved to become manager of Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home on Rampart Street in New Orleans. We worked together for five years. John worked for the same firm in St. Bernard Parish. We worked well together as we alternated week-end duty every other week. John was a Professional Funeral Director to say the least. He spent the remainder of his life in St. Bernard Parish. I moved later back to North Louisiana where I still call home.

John will surely be missed. To his family I mourn with you and pray God's peace for you all. RIP John!

James "Jim" Anderson

John Russell

mai 24, 2020

I am proud to say that John Vickers is a friend of mine. A true professional in his chosen vocation, more importantly, a real good person. My sympathies to his family. I know he will be deeply missed.

David Patterson

mai 14, 2020

John was a valuable person. Dmort, LAFD, family and friends. Anyone that spent time with him learned something. I spent many a night with him in Baton Rouge and learned a high amount. I will miss him and his sense of humor. The world lost someone that won't be replace.

Vinny Iocovozzi

mai 14, 2020

John was a wonderful man and an excellent funeral director
Loved working alongside him during the hurricanes with DMORT
Love you John see you on the other side

James York

mai 6, 2020

Mr. Vickers was a consummate professional.

I and my family first met him at the former Lamana Panno Fallo Funeral Home when my maternal grandmother passed away and he handled her services. He made a difficult process much easier and he will be missed by many.


High School Graduation 1958, Baton Rouge High!


Dee graduates Port Allen High 1967


John and Dee's Wedding Day
October 21, 1972


Dee feeds John some wedding cake!! YUM


Debra and Lynn 1967


John with Lynann, Lynn, Debra and his brother and sister in law Darryl and Ann and mother and father in law paw paw Bill and Mimi 1968


Lynn 1967- 68


John and Dee hugging 1971


John with his long hair and cigarette