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Bruce H. Vickers Jr.

April 4, 1949November 10, 2020
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“Come all family and friends to celebrate the life of Bruce H. Vickers, Jr.”

Bruce passed peacefully from this earth with his son, Jon, holding his hand on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas on April 4, 1949. Bruce was a special birthday gift from God to his mother Barbara Vickers and an only son to his father, Bruce Vickers, Sr. Shortly after Bruce’s birth the family moved to Austin where he lived his entire life surrounded and loved by his large family and many friends.

In 1968 he met and married Molly Barta. His son Michael was born in 1969. Bruce began his service in Vietnam in 1970 and upon returning to civilian life, he and Molly had two more children, Jon, born in 1974 and Melanie born in 1976. He loved all three of his children very much. They were so important to him and made him a proud father.

In 1985 Bruce met Jennie Ebel and in 1986 they were married. Bruce and Jennie remained married for 35 years until his passing. They lived a wonderful life and shared a love of all water sports. Bruce was lucky to spend most of his time living near his favorite place, Lake Travis. He was a champion water skier, a master diver and “King” of the para sail. He and Jennie visited some of the best dive sites in Mexico and were married in Cozumel.

Of all sports, racing was his true love. Boats, go carts, stock cars, classics, and of course, jet engine powered cars. The roar and pop of the engine, flame and smoke shooting out the rear of the car, accelerating to speeds up to 300 MPH and the amazement and adoration of the crowd made him shine. Although not still driving he was involved in the sport until the end.

Bruce was an amazing mechanic. He could and did repair anything, and I do mean anything. His phone was constantly ringing with “Hey Bruce, can you help me with….” I never knew him to refuse a request for help. Bruce made an excellent living as both a computer programmer and a mechanic extraordinare.

Survivors include his wife, Jennie; his children Melanie, Jon and Michael; his grandchildren Kaitlyn, Ashton, Micah, Disney, Tiler and Belle; the mother of his children, Molly; his sibling sisters, Dianne and Cynthia; his nephews Anthony, David and Chris; his nieces, Yonder and Brooke; and his beloved dachshund Bella.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce H. Vickers, Sr.; his mother, Barbara Bartels Vickers and his sister Martha Isgur Vickers.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2020, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

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  • Survivors include his wife, Jennie; his children Melanie, Jon and Michael; his grandchildren Kaitlyn, Ashton, Micah, Disney, Tiler and Belle; the mother of his children, Molly; his sibling sisters, Dianne and Cynthia; his nephews Anthony, David and Chris; his nieces, Yonder and Brooke; and his beloved dachshund Bella.


    He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce H. Vickers, Sr.; his mother, Barbara Bartels Vickers and his sister Martha Isgur Vickers.

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Marvin Celsur

November 23, 2020

Bruce was a long time friend thru our Jet car racing to me. He did many things people often wished they could have done. I was blessed to know him and will continue to bring him up in conversation from time to time. It keeps our memories current and kind of a tribute to him and our friendship. God's speed Bruce
Gone but only till a later time.
Marvin Celsur

Travis Lairsen

November 19, 2020

I have many good memories with Bruce. My first and most memorable was walking through his garage as a child. Seeing the RC planes laying around and hanging from the ceiling. As a kid I was in awe. Those planes stayed in my mind for many years until I started building my own! Bruce was a great guy and I will surely miss him. Sending lots of love to Jennie and the Vicker's family. So sorry for your loss.
Love
-Travis

Kevin McGee

November 19, 2020

Bruce,
You were my best friend and I am so sorry. My prayers to your family and Jennie in this sad time

Kevin

Sandy Lairsen

November 17, 2020

What a fabulous tribute to Bruce and a life well lived! Love the photographs......
Wouldn't Bruce be tickled to see he's held in such high regard by his family and friends? He was just getting started at having some un-guilty pleasures and time to just have fun. "The best made plans of mice and men." I believe in Divine Order, I have to, it's the only way something that hurts so bad is actually good.
Knowing Bruce Vickers enriched my life and I am forever grateful he was in it......I will miss him always.
My deepest sympathy to Jennie, Michael, Jon, Melanie and Bella. Your were his world and he loved you beyond measure. You are his legacy.........
With love,
Sandy Lairsen

James and Donna Kuehn

November 16, 2020

We are sorry for the family's loss.

James and Donna Kuehn (Parents of Angela Vickers, wife of Mike Vickers)

Frank Salazar

November 16, 2020

Jenny,

We are so sorry for your loss in these times. It was always a pleasure greeting your happy husband as we walked Henry or Hana.

Frank and Laura Salazar

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