Friends, colleagues remember the life of Mark Vickerman

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MINOT, N.D. - On Monday, we reported on the arrest and court appearance of the suspect accused of murdering his father in Minot last Friday.

Photo courtesy: Tyler Burton

Today, we're going focus on the victim and share his story.

Mark Vickerman was 55-years-old when he lost his life last week. He was a retired National Guardsman of 24 years and married to the love of his live for nearly 34 years.
Vickerman was a gunsmith who was actively involved with several gun shops in the Minot area. He was also an avid outdoorsman.

After diving deeper into the events that resulted in his death, we uncovered one important fact: he was loved.

A workspace in the back of The Sportsman's Loft in Minot sits empty now.

“If we ever had a quick fix or something, he was very talented. If he thinks he could do it right away he'd stop back here and bang it out real quick and away he'd go,” said Tyler Burton, The Sportsman’s Loft manager.

Vickerman worked with the Burtons as their gunsmith at the shop. But he was also an avid sportsman, a loving grandfather, and a valued professional.

“They took a bunch of VFW guns they used for honor guard and things like that. Mark worked on them and cleaned them all up. ‘What do we owe’, and a 24-year veteran comes out and says ‘nothing’,” said Stephen Burton, The Outfitter owner.

The Burton's said, if there was anything Mark cared about more than his work, it was his grandkids.

“He was in the fishing store with his grandson who has some special needs. Mark's walking through the store and of course I went and got him a candy because I do that for all the kids and he didn't want to take it at first and Mark says ‘it's okay, it's Steve. It's our neighbor,’” Stephen said.

“Mark was one of those guys that when he'd come through the door, you were happy to see him. It was never like 'ugh'. It was always like ‘Mark's here’,” Tyler said.

For Stephen, words couldn't describe what it means to lose his friend, colleague, and neighbor.

While there are no words, the Burtons say Mark leaves behind many memories for those lives he touched.

Mark's visitation will take place at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church this Thursday, May 16, from 3-5 p.m, followed by a prayer vigil at 5 p.m.
His funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the church.

Mark will be laid to rest at the Veteran's Cemetery in Mandan on Monday.

Family has also set up a GoFundMe page to ensure Vickerman's wife and grandchildren are taken care of.

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