Alan George VickThe Funeral Service of Alan George Vick will be 10:30AM Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester officiated by Rev. Karna Hagen. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 18th from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at River Park Chapel of Macken Funeral Home in Rochester and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be 2:00PM Wednesday at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, gathering first at Assembly Area #4, with military graveside rites provided by Ft. Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad.
Mr. Vick, age 83 of Rochester, passed away on Thursday morning, December 13, 2012. He was born July 3, 1929 in Banks, North Dakota, to George Arthur and Anne Sundfor Vick. After graduating from Watford City (ND) High School, he attended North Dakota State University, where he earned a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1951 and was initiated into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Pi Tau Sigma National Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity. He was then commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and entered flight training in Florida. On February 21, 1952, Alan married Patricia Ann Korum, formerly of Fargo, North Dakota, in Lubbock, Texas. Alan served in the Air Force until 1955. He flew 21 missions over North Korea as a B-29 pilot, then transitioned to KC-97s after the Korean War. His assignments included postings in Texas, Kansas, and Japan. From 1955 to 1958, the couple lived in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona where Alan was an engineer with Motorola. They then moved to Fargo, where he earned a MS in Engineering Science from North Dakota State University. He was appointed a faculty member in the Engineering Department at the school. In 1962, Alan and Pat moved to Rochester. He was employed with IBM, first as an engineer and then in computer programming. The couple moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1965 and returned to Rochester in 1974. Alan retired from IBM in 1990. They again moved to Boulder and he taught computer science at Metropolitan College in Denver until 1992, when they returned to Rochester. Alan was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester, where he sang tenor in the choir for several years. He was a life member of the Elks, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed bowling and golfing. From 2002 until 2011, Alan and Pat spent their summers in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.