March 20, 2013 2:34 AM
The Good Lord has called Patricia Viker home as she passed away peacefully on March 18, 2013. Known as "Pat" to all who knew her, she was born to Viola and Henry Strock on April 22, 1937 in Ada, Minnesota. One of five siblings, she grew up in Minnesota's expansive farming country. As an active youth, Pat loved to dance, roller skate, and trained on the trapeze with the circus at Sarasota, Florida, where she and her family spent many winters as "snowbirds" from the harsh Minnesota climate at that time of year.
It was her love of roller skating that caused her to meet a young man named Dean Viker, to whom she married on June 18, 1954. Pat and Dean worked together in a farming partnership with Pat's father Henry, until 1966. During this time, Pat gave birth to three children, Kim, Forrest and Cindy. In 1967, Pat and her family moved to the Santa Ynez Valley. Pat juggled duties as housewife, bookkeeper for Petersen Farm Machinery, and participation in service organizations such as the American Business Women's Association, of which she was a charter member, and Business Woman of the Year.
In 1977, Pat and her family moved to Santa Maria to form Viker Tractor, a family run farm equipment business that operated for more than 25 years. During this time, Pat and Dean bought a Cessna 182; she acquired her pilot's license, became an avid pilot, and joined the local chapter of the Ninety-Nines, a women pilot's service organization that promotes flying to people of all ages. As a pilot she raced her plane and enjoyed every minute of competition. Pat also loved to read books and travel the world. But perhaps her single greatest joy was watching her family grow up, and her highlight joy was attending any sporting event involving her children, and later her grandchildren.
One of the advantages of marrying early in life is watching your family grow through the years. As such, Pat is survived by her husband Dean Viker, her sons Kim and Forrest Viker, daughter Cindy Adam, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, along with her sisters Dee Sundet, Roberta Krim, Lois Larsen, and brother William Strock. Graveside Services will be held Thursday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard.
Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.