Eugene M. Vance, beloved husband of Terri (Price) for almost 46 years, passed away peacefully with his face in her hands on February 27, 2023.
"Gene" was born to parents, Stanley O. Vance and Vada (Williams) Vance on July 26, 1937 but passed from this life at his Liberty Township, Ohio home on February 27, 2023.
His siblings, who have all passed on, were: Lloyd (Betty), Ellaree (Gerald), Ina Pearl (Richard) and Herman (Linda).
Gene and Edith Marsh were married in 1956 and were blessed with Jeff. deceased (Rhonda), Sherry, deceased and Tracy (Brandy).
In 1977, he married Terri (Price)and they were blessed with Eric (Kara), Aaron (Cathy) and Terri's son, Todd.
Gene's G-babies include: Jacob Vance, Jessi Vance, Taylor Vance, Jordan Short, Ian Short, Chase Vance, Adrian Short, Caden Vance, Zander Short, Nolan Short, and Avery Vance. Gene also joins his grandson Tyler Short in Heaven.
His Great G-babies are: Ellison, Eva, Collin, Emma and Austin
He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Gene was in the Ohio Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force, receiving Honorable Discharges from both and went on to work for General Electric, retiring after 38 years as a jet engine parts inspector. He also has been a member of the American Legion Post 681 for 27 years.
He joined Liberty Township Fire Department as a volunteer in 1962 and was promoted to Chief shortly before resigning in 1986.
Gene's hobby was refurbishing John Deere lawn tractors, which he has done from his pole barn since 2000. When he turned them out for resale, they looked like brand new!
Most recently he raised beautiful white homing pigeons. His goal was to release them at weddings and funerals, however his only release was for Monroe firefighter, Kenny Ellis' funeral service.
Gene bravely fought stupid bladder cancer for three and a half years, but is now pain free and has even moved to a new address.
Because of his belief in God and his faithfulness in Christian baptism, he has met his Maker face to face and can now call Heaven his Home!
As a family, this is our consolation and peace and future hope of seeing Gene (Dad, Pappaw) again.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in Gene's name to a charity of your choosing.