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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Dick ‘Pappy’ Vance

  • Dick "Pappy" Vance, 90, of Hannibal, Missouri, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 5 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Willow Care Center in Hannibal.
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  • Dick "Pappy" Vance, 90, of Hannibal, Missouri, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 5 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Willow Care Center in Hannibal. 
    Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Brother Ronn Pashia will officiate. Burial with full military honors will be at Quincy Memorial Park in Quincy, Ill.
    Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.
    Dick was born April 15, 1924, in Augusta, Illinois, to Glen Allen "Jim" and Fredda Marie Lamma Vance.
    He was married to Betty Ellis on November 10, 1956, in Hannibal, Mo. She survives.
    Other survivors include eight children, Cindy Benjamin (Rod) of New London, Mo., Allen "Squeak" Vance of Hannibal, Mo., Richard Crane (Lavadia) of Palmyra, Mo., Susie Smith (Gene) of Monroe City, Mo., Cathy Shockey (Philip Hayes) of Monroe City, Mo., LeRoy Vance of Hannibal, Mo., Wendall Vance of Palmyra, Mo., and Lennis Raney of Palmyra, Mo.; four sisters, Rose Brooks of Quincy, Ill., Inez McNeff of Mount Sterling, Ill., Betty Lou Perry (Alvin) of Timewell, Ill., and Phyllis Vanzant (Weldon) of Mt. Sterling, Ill.; 39 grandchildren;  43 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
    He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Harry Vance; and one daughter, Martha Wisemen; two sisters, Ruth Perry and Isabelle McClelland; three brothers, Ed Vance, Bill Lamma and Bob Lamma; and four grandchildren, Joshua Taft Verdier, Aaron Michael Vance, Tasha Vance and Taj Vance.
    Dick was very unique in every sense of the word, mechanic, mechanist, welder, race car driver, jail and prison minister, and owner and operator of Vance's Garage.
    Dick was a United Sates Army veteran. He served his country during World War II. He was the owner and operator of Vance's Garage, where he worked as a diesel and auto mechanic. Dick was a race car driver since he was 16 years old and raced cars into his 50s. He entered the ministry in his 50s and was a jail and prison minister and nursing home minister and continued into his 80s. He was known as Mr. International. His work was his love and he would not retire.  He said "retirement is not in the Bible." Dick was a Pentecostal by faith.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the family, in care of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.
    Pallbearers will be Christopher Benjamin, Buddy Benjamin, Brandon Vance, Myles Vance, Ronnie Frantz, Brian Frantz, Michael Vance and Tony Rost.
    Honorary pallbearers will be all who contributed to Dick "Pappy" Vance's life.
    Online condolences may be made and video tribute viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com
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