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Paul Vance, 91, Hortonville, Wis., passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017, in ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton.
He was born April 20, 1926, in Leatha, (Magoffin County), son of the late Columbus and Virgie (Engle) Vance.
Paul was the third son of four, with brothers, George, Elmo and Fred (all now deceased); and his sister, Billie Jo (Glen) Bohlmann, New London, Wis.
Paul attended Summit Grade School and graduated from Boyd County High School in Cannonsburg in 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and took basic training at Paris Island in S.C. He served in the Pacific Theater, World War II, seeing action on Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Yokosuka in Japan. After service Paul worked for the C&O Railroad and took leave of absence to help his mother where she had relocated to a farm in new London.
In 1954, he met and married Shirley Schilleman in New London. They've made their home in Hortonville for the past 63 years. They have three children, Charlie (Debbie) of Tennessee; Sara Vance of Menasha and Andy (Lori) Vance of Appleton; four grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Lois Vance of California.
Paul spent the next years as an operating engineer on road construction and seasonal department of Natural Resources Warden and 16 years as a foreman for Deans Foods Company before retiring in 1993.
He enjoyed moose hunting in Canada, bear and deer hunting and trapping in Northern Wisconsin. He was still bear hunting in Hayward at 90! He hunted deer and wild turkey at home.
Vance has been a member of the Wisconsin Federation of Wildlife for the past 29 years. He maintained a big garden and strawberry bed and ran a set-line for catfish on the Wolf River. Paul is a descendant of the Abner Vance line and a long-time member of the Vance Family Association and the veteran's service.
Funeral services for Vance will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London. Burial will be in the Floral Hill Cemetery in New London.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at FVHO, especially Jennifer Giebel and the 7th floor staff at ThedaCare, Appleton and Dr. Fors, Urologist.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Published on May 23, 2017
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