Robert “Dick” Vance, 86, died Sunday, October 7, 2018 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at his home.
Dick was born June 15, 1932 in Harvard, Illinois, son of the late Raymond and Sue (Goodsell) Vance. On May 25, 1963 he married Helen Becker in Illinois. She survives.
Dick worked as a building contractor and police officer. Building was his passion and he continued this passion into his retirement. He also enjoyed playing a board game called Aggravation, and created over 50 Aggravation boards recently to give to his friends. He was a member of the River Valley Harmonizers and the Good Shepherd Church choir. He was an avid Packers and Brewers fan and was very involved with baseball as an umpire and coach. He received the Young Men’s Distinguished Service Award for his work with little league and for saving a man’s life in Lake Geneva. Some of his other enjoyments included hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Vance, Wausau; three children, Penny (Dean) Schmitt, Stevens Point and their children, Nicholas and Hailey Schmitt, Stevens Point; Richard (Sheila) Vance, Woodstock, Illinois and their children, Stephanie (Coilin) O’Connell, Wonder Lake, Illinois and Sara Vance, Harvard, Illinois; Nita (Gary) Foley, Richland Center and her children, Thomas (Jenna) Casey, Ashland Center, Judy Sanders, Rockford, Illinois and Michelle Sanders, Freeport, Illinois; grandchildren, Tony (Christa) DiPasquale, Belleville, Illinois and Kenny Cooper, Woodstock, Illinois, many great-grandchildren.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Pattie DiPasquale, a grandson, Joe Bankson and a brother, James Vance.
Funeral services will be 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wausau. Rev. Kemp Jones will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and again on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wausau.
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