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Cecil Vance

March 7, 1937 — July 16, 2016

Cecil Vance, 79, of Dana, died at 1:49 p.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.

He was born March 7, 1937 in Charleston, WV to Charley W. and Hazel M. (Holley) Vance. He married Rhoda Carol Lipscomb on January 23, 1957 in Charleston, WV. They have been married for 59 years and six months. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Thomas M. (Reggie) Vance of Streator, IL; Patricia E. (Audie) Lynch of Lizemore, WV; Clifford A. (Joanna) of Dana, IL; Linda K. (Terry) Moore of Pontiac, IL; Amanda Vance of Toluca, IL; Duane E. (Kim) of El Paso, IL; 6 brothers, Robert Vance of Charleston, WV; Jack Vance of Walton, WV; Jerry (Jean) Vance of Tampa, FL; James (Catherine) Vance of French Creek, WV; Leonard (Mary) Vance of Poca, WV; Dennis (Beverly) Vance of Lizemore, WV; sister-in-laws, Barbara Vance of Charleston, WV; Mary L. Vance of Hurricane, WV; 15 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren with two more on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Philip Garry; brothers, Charles "Dink"; Garland E. "Cork"; Clarence "Swamp" (Gay) Vance; one sister Alpha Meadows; and
two infant brothers and an infant sister.

Cecil graduated from Charleston High School in 1956. He worked for Owens Glass Works in Charleston, WV from 1956 to 1963 before being transferred to Owens Glass in Streator, IL. He worked in the Streator facility from 1963 until his retirement in September of 1994. Cecil served as Mayor of Dana, IL for 6 years and Fire Chief of Dana, IL for 25 years before he retired.

Cecil was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. His true love, however, was his family. He cherished the time he spent with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be forever loved and in the hearts of all those who knew him.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk, IL. Pastor Scott Fulkerson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dana Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Dana Fire Department or a charity of the donor's choice
Online tributes and condolences may be made at


JUL 20. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris Minonk
775 North Chestnut Street
Minonk, IL 61760-1076

Funeral Service

JUL 21. 11:00 AM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris - Minonk
775 North Chestnut Street
Minonk, IL 61760

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