August 11, 1928 - June 8, 2012 Resided in Galesburg, MI
VICK, Jr., Pastor John W.
Pastor John Wesley Vick, Jr., age 83, went to be with his Lord on Friday evening, June 8, 2012, with his family by his side. He was born on August 11, 1928 in Dover, TN, a son of John W. and Lexie E. (Weston) Vick. Pastor Vick served in the US Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on December 14, 1953. Pastor Vick began his work in the ministry in 1950 and continued his service until his health started to decline. He served his first church in Tennessee, moved to Grand Rapids, MI and started First Free Will Baptist Church and in 1966 he moved to Kalamazoo and started First Free Will Baptist Church in Comstock, retiring in 2010. For 30 years Pastor Vick served as a chaplain at Borgess Hospital where he touched the lives of many patients, their families and their caregivers. He also worked as a funeral service associate at Langeland Family Funeral Homes for many years. Pastor Vick was a tireless worker who really never "stopped working" and rarely took a vacation. He loved being around people and never met a stranger. Throughout his career of service, Pastor Vick was committed to his faith, his church and the many lives he touched but the most important thing in his life was his family. He adored his wife, children and grandchildren but his great-grandchildren were his pride and joy. To his family he was lovingly called "Paw Paw" and he beamed with pride when he told a story about his family. In his free time Pastor Vick was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing many of the wonderful local golf courses. On February 27, 1954, Pastor Vick was united in marriage with the former Thelma F. Farrar, who preceded him in death on December 15, 2009. He was also preceded in death by a son, Lonnie Vick, his parents and an infant brother. Pastor Vick is survived by: a daughter, Linda (Michael) Grogg of Galesburg; two grandchildren, Alicia Blake of Richland and Aaron (Chelsea) Grogg of Richland; three great-grandchildren, Noah Blake, Isabella Blake and Aalyn Grogg; a sister, Maxine Adams of Ft. Lauderdale; and a nephew, Philip Adams of Florida. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8pm at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick Street. Funeral services will be held 11:00 Wednesday morning at First Free Will Baptist Church, 630 Moline, with his close friend, Rev. John Moore, officiating. Burial with military honors in Fort Custer National Cemetery will follow services. Memorials should be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.