OBITUARY

Col Richard D. Vance, USAR (Ret)

August 5, 1942May 14, 2019
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Richard Deming Vance passed away peacefully on May 14, 2019, surrounded by his immediate family, at the age of 76. Born in San Diego, CA on August 5, 1942, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Richard grew up in San Diego and attended Point Loma High School. He then attended Whittier College in the Los Angeles area. After graduating college, he entered the US Army Officers Candidate School and then served 11 years of active duty as an officer in the US Army. During active duty, he completed a master’s degree in Systems Management from Florida Institute of Technology. Upon being separated from active duty in 1978, Richard moved the family to the Houston area and spent the following 20 years working in a civilian job while serving in the Army Reserves in the 75th Maneuver Area Command (MAC), eventually retiring as a Colonel. He has received the following awards: Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meitorious Service Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Reserve Forces Medal (30 Year), Army Service Ribbon, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. As a civilian, Richard was employed by Duke Energy and Accretive Solutions, working in multiple Information Technology, Disaster Recovery, and IT auditing roles. He also served as an active member of the local ISACA and InfraGard chapters. Richard was a member of Second Baptist Church.

Richard was predeceased by his mother and father, Lois and Paul O. Vance Jr. He is survived by his wife, Jan, of 49 years, brother, Paul O. Vance III, son and daughter-in-law, David and Kim Vance, daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Mark Shelley and his 2 grandchildren, Tripp and Kinsey Shelley.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with a funeral service held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 10:00 am at American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77038. Committal service will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 11:30 am at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038

  • FAMILY

  • Jan Vance, Wife
  • Paul O. Vance III, Brother
  • David Vance, Son
  • Kim Vance, Daughter-in-law
  • Elizabeth Shelley, Daughter
  • Mark Shelley, Son-in-law
  • Tripp Shelley, Grandchild
  • Kinsey Shelley, Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Avery Harrell
  • Bill Nelson
  • David Peck
  • Mike Aubin
  • Robert Belton
  • Larry Neal
  • Randy Schorp
  • Mike Bentley

Services

21 May

Celebration of Life

10:00 am - 11:00 am

American Heritage Funeral Home

10710 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77038

21 May

Committal Service

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Houston National Cemetery

10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77038

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Sunday, May 19, 2019

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Col Richard D. Vance, USAR (Ret)

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Wanda Mitchell

May 19, 2019

Jan , I am so sorry for your loss . Pray that God’s loving presence will comfort you , his peace restore you, and his promise of eternal life sustain you during this time of loss.

DONNIE DAVIS

May 18, 2019

Jan, Alona and I are saddened to learn the news about Richard. I always enjoyed talking with him at our class reunions. You and your family are in our prayers. We also hope your health is improving. Alona and Donnie

Jim Tice

May 18, 2019

Jan, I wanted you to know that I'm thinking about you & your family this weekend especially. May this time when you are together give each of you some comfort and strength. Jim Tice

Joe Exum

May 17, 2019

Jan,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I suppose it is our time to start experiencing these type situations, but I know we are never ready. We will be praying for you and your family.
Joe and Vicki Exum

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