Diana Lynn Vickers, 67

Diana “Dee Dee” Lynn Vickers was born on Nov. 14, 1951, in Michigan City, Ind., she entered Heaven’s gates on July 17, 2019.

A loving wife, mother, sister, NaNa and friend who was loved by many. She enjoyed traveling the world one of her most favorite trips was her love for Africa which she visited twice with her husband Jeff, son Sam and then grandsons’ Tyler and Bailey. Her love for paddle-boarding with Gunner (their golden-lab), kayaking and boating on the beautiful Kalamazoo river took up most of her summer days, while at night, she owned and managed her restaurant The Wild Dog Grille from June 2007 to Oct. 2018. She was well known by the locals, who became dear friends and also loved by the staff members who worked along side her.

Dee Dee and Jeff have lived in the Saugatuck/Douglas area since 1993 and became full-time residents in 2007. In 2015, she got her lifelong wish of becoming a snowbird when they purchased their amazing Florida home, enjoying her love for the sunshine and beach. They invited many family and friends and creating many lasting memories on the water.

She also had a great collection of books one of which was by her favorite author Ernest Hemingway, which led to another adventurous trip with her daughter Ashley to Havana, Cuba visiting his home & marina.

Dee Dee was a one of a kind sister who absolutely enjoyed scaring anyone that was in her reach, so you always had to be on your guard when she was around.

Preceded in her death were her parents Robert and Margaret Wendt; sister Cindy Kay Davis; brother Andrew Michael Wendt and brother-in-law Richard Washburn.

Dee Dee is survived by her loving husband of 20 years Jeff Vickers; daughter Ashley (Leon) Matthys; son Samuel Kendall; grandsons’, Tyler and Bailey Matthys; sisters Jacqueline (David) Adams, Terri Washburn, Vicki (Robert) Stam and brother Robert Wendt.

She did not get to live as long of a life as she had wanted, but it was rich in love, adventure and most importantly family. A life well-lived and she will always be remembered in our hearts and memories.

Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.

Visitation is Monday, June 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dykstra Funeral Homes, Saugatuck Chapel, 520 Lake St., Saugatuck, and on Tuesday, July 23, from 9 to 10 a.m.

at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 100 St Peters Drive, Douglas, where the funeral service will be at 10 a.m.

To sign an online register book, please visit www.dykstrafuneral home.com.

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