Eugene "Tiny" Vick, 71, of Sunnyside passed away on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.
Eugene was born Sept. 23, 1940 in Stratford, Wis. to Henry and Marie Vick
He received most of his education in a one-room schoolhouse in Wisconsin. At the age of 16 years, Eugene quit school to work the family farm.
When Eugene, who was mostly referred to as Tiny, was 18-years-old, he started working at Marshfield Homes building manufactured homes. Building manufactured homes turned out to be the career path that enveloped Tiny the remainder of his working years. Tiny started out as a roofer at the factory and quickly made his way up the ladder to foreman and then production manager.
Tiny had an extremely powerful work ethic and he expected the same from everyone who worked for and with him. Tiny excelled in his field and thoroughly loved "running the line."
Tiny's most memorable jobs were as production manager of Gallatin Homes in Belgrade Mont. and as general manager of Valley Manufactured Homes in Sunnyside.
Dad married my mom, Carol on March 5, 1960.
Carol passed away one month before their 49th wedding anniversary.
Mom and dad shared a deep, committed devotion to each other and dad was lost without the love of his life. As young adults, dad and mom became the parents of my brother Larry and me daughter, Linda.
Dad was a wonderful father. He was a great provider to our family, he was fair and trustworthy and he always wanted the very best for us.
Dad was an avid hunter and fisherman. I have a wonderful wealth of memories of numerous family hunting, fishing and camping trips.
Truly, the best of times was growing up in Manhattan, Mont. Dad often referred to the move to Manhattan being the best thing that we ever did. Dad stayed in touch with many of his dear friends from Montana. We, as a family, were richer people to have those folks be a part of our family's journey in this life.
Dad and Mom moved to Sunnyside in 1991. They again made many dear friends who became family.
In 2007 dad lost his son, Larry in death. This was something that dad never recovered from ... his "right-arm-man" was gone.
Dad was a big teddy bear of a man to many, but he was also strong and fierce in temperament. He knew what he believed in and he did not waiver easily. Dad's strongness of emotions was definitely a trait that he passed onto me. Good? Well ... not when we collided. But there was always an undying love and conviction that kept us together.
Dad was one of the most generous people you would have ever met. I am absolutely amazed at how many people he "bailed-out" during his life.
Dad was hospitalized the last two weeks of his life. And, although hospitalization is never a good thing, this turn of events is what brought my dad and me back together. I am so thankful that our good Lord made this happen. Dad fought so very hard to stay with me while he was in the hospital. His fight for me was and will always be the greatest gift I could ever hope to receive. Dad's fight to live and be here with me truly fills my heart and leaves me speechless. I have lost a great man. Dad, my heart is broken. I don't know how I will navigate the remainder of my life without the solidness of your presence with me here on Earth.
Eugene is survived by daughter, Linda Vick of Nampa, Idaho; sister, Judith Treankler; brother, Donald Vick; brother-in-law, Wayne Brecht, all of Wisconsin; numerous nieces and nephews; and all the great many friends, who we referred to as family, all over the country. Lastly, he is survived by his most trustworthy companions, Luka, Maggie and Gizmo. The sadness in their eyes is overwhelming.
Those wishing to honor Eugene's memory may make contributions to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Association, or the Humane Society.
Dad's favorite song was "I Believe" by Brooks and Dunn. "You can't tell me it all ends with a slow ride in a hearse." "I'm finding more and more truth in the words written in red ... oh I believe."
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to sign Eugene's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.