Dale 'Vic' Vickrey | Nov. 18, 1945 - Sept. 28, 2013

Portage man loved fishing, drag racing

2013-11-30T21:57:00Z 2013-11-30T22:40:09Z Portage man loved fishing, drag racingBy Carrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 30, 2013 9:57 pm  • 

Dale “Vic” Vickrey was an outgoing man who loved drag racing and golfing, said his son, Jamie Vickrey.

He would golf as many days as he could, and loved to golf at Duck Creek.

He first taught his son to golf when he was four years old, and the two had a friendly golf rivalry throughout his life.

“He was an above average golfer, shot in the mid to upper 80s,” he said. “But I think I beat him all but one time in the last 15 years. But it was all about having fun and hanging out.”

Dale “Vic” Vickrey, 67, of Portage, died Sept. 28. He was a retired welder from the coke plant at US Steel with 32 years of service.

He was preceded in death by Rosemary Safstrom, his girlfriend of 25 years.

He began drag racing in the 1960s and continued to race until 1997. His pride and joy was his 1969 Road Runner called “Gang Green.”

He began racing at the US 30 Drag Strip in Hobart, but considered the Osceola drag strip his home track. The pair would travel up to 500 miles to compete in races.

“He raced until I started racing, and then he supported me,” his son said.

His dream was to complete the quarter-mile race in 8.52 seconds, and finally achieved that dream, reaching speeds of 158 miles per hour.

Jamie Vickrey said his father valued his family and especially his grandchildren and loved spending time together.

“He was a great dad, I saw him every day,” he said. “He was caring and supportive. He liked to have fun and enjoy life.”

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