Billy Vance Obituary
 
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Billy Emmett Vance

December 28, 1915 - October 20, 2011
Obituary

Billy Emmett Vance, Lt Col, United States Air Force (retired), 95, passed away 20 October 2011 at Brooke Army Medical Center (he still called it "Brooke General") in San Antonio. He was born 28 December 1915, in San Antonio TX to George Milton Vance and Leona Pearl Sutton Vance. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Florence Beatrize Heath Vance Shaw; brother, Jean Sutton Vance; sisters, Mildred Ruth Vance Saathoff, June Vance, and Ramona Mae Vance Buchanan and his children's mother, Josephine Mathilda Trager Jarrett. He is survived by his wife, Jane Eloise Helms Vance (Maj USAF, Ret) of Marion; daughter, Jo Anne...
Billy Emmett Vance, Lt Col, United States Air Force (retired), 95, passed away 20 October 2011 at Brooke Army Medical Center (he still called it "Brooke General") in San Antonio. He was born 28 December 1915, in San Antonio TX to George Milton Vance and Leona Pearl Sutton Vance. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Florence Beatrize Heath Vance Shaw; brother, Jean Sutton Vance; sisters, Mildred Ruth Vance Saathoff, June Vance, and Ramona Mae Vance Buchanan and his children's mother, Josephine Mathilda Trager Jarrett. He is survived by his wife, Jane Eloise Helms Vance (Maj USAF, Ret) of Marion; daughter, Jo Anne Vance Hyatt of Pipe Creek; sons, Fred Milton Vance and wife Bonnye of Bulverde, and Brian Arthur Vance and wife Carol of Austin; granddaughters, Darleen Marie Dixon Griffin and husband Jimi of Port Aransas, and Michelle Yvonne Dixon Pierce and husband Darrell of Hondo; great-grandson, Devin William Griffin of New Braunfels; brother, Jack Milton Vance of San Antonio; sisters, Leona Rose Vance of Boerne, and Violet Maradel Vance Page and husband Richard of Boerne; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and fellow patriots.

Bill was a member of the Brackenridge High School Class of 1933, and an active member of the Mid-Thirties Alumni Association. He was born into "The Greatest Generation," and began his military career in 1932 by enlisting in the Texas National Guard, serving at Kelly Field TX. He received his commission in the United States Army Air Forces (Air Corps) following Officer Candidate School in Miami Beach FL in 1942. Various tours of duty took him and his family to San Angelo Army Air Field TX, Adak Island AK, Goodfellow Field TX, Randolph Field TX, Scott AFB IL, Connally AFB TX, and Elmendorf AFB AK. Col Vance retired from active duty in 1956 at Abilene AFB TX.

Thereafter, he continued to serve his country in US Civil Service at the Air Force Military Personnel Center at Randolph AFB TX. Following his wife Jane's transfer to the National Guard Bureau in 1979, he retired from Civil Service. During his active life, Bill was an avid hunter, particularly for white-tail deer and Rio Grande turkey. His hunting camp partners looked forward each fall season to his annual enchilada dinner.

Bill was a Mason for 67 years, a member of Guadalupe Lodge 109, and received the Golden Trowel Award for Exceptional Service from the Grand Lodge of Texas A.F. & A.M. in 1993.

Visitation will be held at Goetz Funeral Home, Seguin TX, on Wednesday the 26th October 2011 from 5:00 til 7:00 p.m. Graveside services will be conducted at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Thursday the 27th October 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
with the Rev. James Witschorke officiating. Memorials may be sent to The Salvation Army, 633 E. Court St., Seguin TX 78155.

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