Michael L Vest

Michael L Vest

Suffolk, VA
03.07.1954 - 06.19.2018

Michael Lemuel Vest, 64, a loving husband, father and grandfather went to be with the Lord on June 19, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was the son of the late Ursula Gertrude and Floyd Lemuel Vest.

Michael was retired with 27 years as a CWO-4 from the U.S. Coast Guard and 17 years for the Federal Government as an IT Specialist. He was a man of deep and passionate faith and he served the Lord through Global Outreach Ministry, reaching millions of people with the Gospel of Christ.

He is survived by his wife Christine L. Vest; Daughter Bridget V. Greenleaf and husband Paul of Newport News; son Dr. Brian Michael Vest of New Zealand; granddaughter Valerie Morgan Greenleaf; and sister Christiana Herta Vest.

A celebration of life service with military honors will be held on June 26, 2018 at 11 AM in Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Lane, Suffolk VA 23435 by Pastor Jay Anderson. The family will receive friends following the service in the reception hall at the funeral home. A private interment will be held at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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5685 Lee Farm Ln
Suffolk, VA 23435
United States


I am very sorry for your loss . Losing a loved one in death is such a difficult thing to experience . Please be comforted by the promises in the Bible . Jesus tells us at John 5 : 28 , 29 that all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out . What a loving provision put in place by the God of all comfort so we can have the assured hope of seeing our dead loved ones live again one day . Meanwhile as I pray for that day to come I ask Jehovah God to bless your family and give each of you the strength to endure this most trying time . For more Bible promises please visit jw.org .


I worked with Mike at the Yorktown USCG training center for years and we traveled to USCG sites for projects. He was always there for me when I had questions or problems. He always had a great attitude and he genuinely cared. I missed him most of all when I left to pursue another career. I remember his "organized" chaos at his desk. He could find whatever he or someone else needed even though I used to tease him about the chaos of papers, books, folders, etc. around him everywhere.

He was so special. I look forward to the day I will see him again. My heart goes out to his family. His loss is such a hard burden but we can all be encouraged that he would want us to smile and remember that we will see him again. Love and hugs to Christine who cared so much during my illness and kept track of me through Jenny.

Cindy Pryke

I worked with Mike for about 15 years and he was a very unique and special person. He loved his family and puppies and was one of the most honest, caring people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Mike turned all things into engineering projects and was so creative and smart! It was always fun to pick his brain and he was an amazing mentor! He will be so missed. Prayers to Chris and family for your loss!

Eileen Maeso

Mike was absolutely one of a kind! Thoughtful, a gentleman, always willing to help, and a true joy to work with. He was innovative and dedicated to helping others, no matter the task. When I think back to my time working at PTC Yorktown Mike always comes to mind. My most sincere condolences to his family... you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Richard arnold

I worked with Mike whIle he was on active duty at USCG Training Center Yorktown and when he came back as a civilian. He was wonderful to work with, always willing to share his knowledge and experience. He will be sorely missed. I send my thoughts and prayers to his family. May you take comfort in knowing he is in God's loving hands now. May God bless.

Anita Moseley

Mike was the first person I met at the PTC. I just started a program in HPT and got assigned to write about EPSSs. Clueless about what that even meant, I reached out to a friend who introduced me to the Coast Guard's leader in EPSS...Mike Vest. Mike spent a few hours with me one afternoon, explaining what EPSS stood for, how we build them, and, most importantly, how they help people in the field do their jobs. Years later, I got assigned to PTC and had the chance to work with the kind, caring, compassionate, brilliant Mike Vest. He was so amazing at his job that he found quirks in projects that would have gone undetected by anyone else. He was creative and funny...I loved talking to him on subjects ranging from Chris' desserts that he would bring in to the office to Disney. Mike, I will miss you. Chris, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I feel so lucky to have known Mike.

Jennifer Sinclair

Mike was one of a kind. He combined a brilliant intellect with practical skills and a manner that instantly put you at ease. I will miss him very much! Mike helped me create a website for a non-profit (on his own time of course). He was patient with me as I stumbled through the technology, and always encouraging. I remember being in a review of successful projects at work, and as we started asking what attributes they all shared, we quickly realized the common element was Mike. I am glad he was a man of faith – I look forward to a joyful reunion with him!

Tim Quiram

sorry to hear about your dad brian and Bridgett sorry about your loss Christine it was a pleasure knowing him he was a very nice person he will be missed

kelly bradshaw

I worked with Mike for many years, his cubicle was next door to me. Mike was a true innovator and dedicated to his work. Mike has been sorely missed at the PTC, you often hear " well that is the way Mike would do it". Not one to stand on policy Mike would often say to me it was easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. I will truly miss Mike as a mentor and a friend.

Phil Edwards

I am so very sorry I was unable to attend the funeral service for Mike Vest. I worked with Mike for many years at the Coast Guard's Training Center Yorktown. I really do not have words for all Mike accomplished during those years. We were trying to develop a start-up organization dubbed the Performance Technology Center. Mike was an integral part of those struggles. As I read the preceding comments, I saw the same themes that occur to me: brightest man I ever met/humblest man I ever knew; man who typically thanked me at his retirement party for giving him a chance to do the wonderful things he did/I just wanting him to know he was the very best asset PTC had. Who else could have come up with the EPSS's he created? Who else could have understood exactly what the CG really needed at just the right time, the right place, the right solution, the right people, the right platform? But that was Mike; he never saw himself that way, but all of us who knew him knew to get down on our knees and thank God for him. He was so soft-spoken, so low-key - he made it easy to forget all of his attributes and accomplishments. Instead, as so many others have noted, he was far more likely to be mentoring somebody, explaining how a technology worked to somebody else, and just helping yet another somebody out. Nobody ever needed to teach Mike how to be a superb mentor and a wonderful teacher. I am very, very sad to know Mike is no longer here where we can see him, talk with him, learn from him. But I take consolation in the thought that a man that humble and kind is showing the Lord how an EPSS works and getting to walk on water with the Son. I will miss you very much, Mike. May the Lord's special favor and blessings be with your family all the days of their lives.

Sheila Shepard

I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man. I did not know Mr. Vest, but I learned of his death through the Coast Guard retiree newsletter. I retired from serving 21 years, and his name looked very familiar. Watching the keepsake video, I can see that Mr. Vest lived a very happy life with a very loving family. May God watch over your entire family, and I know Mr. Vest is also keeping an eye on you as well. Gob Bless You.

William Newberry

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