Lt. Colonel H. Vance's Story
Lt. Colonel H. Vance Huston, 85, of Greenup, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Vance was born Jan. 30, 1933 in Pasadena, Calif., to the late Harold and Mildred Huston.
He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Pasadena College in 1953 and a Master's degree in Education from Cal Poly State University.
Vance served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 23 years. He was a pilot, flying both C-130's and Helicopters. Vance did tours of duty in Okinawa, Vietnam and the Philippines.
He was a member of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1, flying Marine One for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson.
After retiring from active duty, Vance accepted the JROTC Instructor position at Greenup County High School, where he served until 1988. While serving as JROTC instructor he helped marshal the community to build the building to house the program, which still stands today.
Since his retirement in 1988, he has been very involved in the community and Christian ministry including, Meals-on-Wheels, Prison Ministry at the Federal Penitentiary in Summit, leading Bible studies in Greenup County Detention Center and Gideon's International.
Vance loved his church family at Greenup County Methodist Church and served there in various capacities for over 40 years.
Col. Huston is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ella Mae Hartzler Huston; a sister, Elaine (John) Miller of Phoenix; a brother Robert Huston, of Chattanooga; five children, Vince (Gloria) Huston, Connie (Ridge) Orr, Victor, Cheryl (Tim) Colussy and Val (Juliana) Huston; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth (Huston) Mast, Matt Colussy, Brittany Huston, Megan Colussy, Dan Colussy, Sabrina (Huston) Passaretti, Jessica Huston and Jacob Huston; and two great-grandchildren, Lucia Colussy and Elizabeth's soon to be born baby.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Greenup First United Methodist Church by Rev. Patricia Hoeksema. Burial will be in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenup United Methodist Church, 607 Main Street, Greenup, KY 41144.
Wright's Funeral Home of Greenup has been entrusted with all arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to wrightsfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 3, 2018