Joseph E. ‘Dozer’ Vick
April 16, 1951 — Sept. 5, 2017
Joseph E. Vick, age 66, passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home in Waukesha on September 5, 2017. He will be greatly missed by his many family members, dear friends and co-workers. Joe was born and grew up in Tacoma, Washington, with his parents and four siblings, and spent many summers growing up at his grandparents’ in Missouri. Joe was an excellent football player and wrestler in high school and college. Whenever he was not in school, he was working at a variety of jobs. Joe was not one to be idle, and grew up with a strong sense of responsibility toward others.
Joe was a proud U.S. Army veteran. During his military career he served a tour in Vietnam escorting convoys, became an MP, served as a guard and watchman at Yuma Proving Ground, and guarded missile silos in Germany. He was honorably discharged with the following: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, two Overseas Bars, Good Conduct Medal, and Expert Badge w/M16 Rifle and .45 Caliber Pistol.
Joe’s last post was Fort Carson, Colo., prior to moving to Waukesha where he started working at Alloy Products Corp. He worked for APC for 36 years and retired as president in 2016 and remained active as a director. Joe looked forward to spending retirement with his wife Lynda “Dobe,” his grandchildren AJ and Cassie, and his dogs Roo and Vivy.
Joe had a passion for motorcycling and was a life member of the Vietnam Vets MC. He and Lynda “Dobe” loved to take cross-country motorcycle trips and attend rallies, benefits, and other motorcycle gatherings where he spent time with his club brothers and MC family. He was also an avid golfer (long and wrong). Joe was very proud that he and his daughter won the state father-daughter golf tournament twice.
Joe is survived by his wife, Lynda “Dobe” (Scholl) Vick; daughter Stacy (Matt) Wirth; grandchildren Adam Joseph and Cassandra Ann; extended family Mary (late Craig) Bear, Betsy (Tim) Bear Hoff, Craig Bear Jr., Jaryn Bear, Jill Collins, Noah (Jenny) Collins and Matt (Gina) Collins; and other friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Beverly A. (Schupp) and Joseph F. Vick, Kathy Piza Vick, June and Stan Piza, Elsie and Walter Wachowitz Jr., Craig Bear Sr., Kristin Bear and John Collins.
A memorial gathering for Dozer will be held on Friday, September 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Waukesha HAWS and the Chaplain’s Fund (c/o Pastor Dan Fitten) at the Milwaukee VA Hospital.
Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.