William “Bill” Ray Vance
William “Bill” Ray Vance, 77, of Cassville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
He was born in Mexico, Mo., on Nov. 28, 1941, the son of Robert F and Charity Eileen (Giles) Vance. On Oct. 21, 1960, in Laddonia, he was united in marriage to Veldia “Dene” Cowin, who survives.
Additional survivors include: one son, Lawrence “Larry” Vance and his wife Aimee of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; two daughters, Lisa McClintock and her husband Kim of Purdy, and Brigitta Vance and her fiancé Doug Hess of Cassville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren, Madeline, Benjamin, and Leona.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
He grew up and received his education in Branson and Mexico, Mo. After graduation he attended Mercury Marine Service School in Fond du Lac, Wis. In the early ‘60s, he owned and operated Fin Feather and Fur in Cassville and worked for the National Forest Service planting trees and fire breaks. In 1982, Bill Vance Marine was started and continues to operate.
On New Year’s Eve in 2000, he was baptized at Washburn United Methodist Church.
A memorial service was held Sunday at Washburn United Methodist Church.
Burial was at the family cemetery in Cassville.
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