Services for Robert Lee Vance, 67, of Tahlequah, are 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at Green Country Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Glen Carpenter. Pallbearers are Jeff Vance, Larry Vance, Archie Vance, Derek Vance, Randy Vance and Mark Vance.
Honorary pallbearers are members of American Legion Post 135, VFW Post 3707, Elks Lodge No. 2601, Cornstalk Shooters, Brian Vance and Caleb Vance. Interment will follow in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery at noon under the care of Green Country Funeral Home.
Robert Lee Vance was born in Tahlequah, Okla., to Jeff Vance and Edith (Redbird) Vance on Feb. 18, 1946. He passed away on Monday, Jan. 13, at his home in Tahlequah. Robert enlisted in the US Army in 1965, and was stationed in Fort Benning, Ga. In March 1967, while serving as squad leader assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion of the Brigade’s 12th Infantry in Vietnam, he was promoted to sergeant in just 18 months. During his service time, Robert received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Sharpshooter and Good Conduct Medal.
Robert enjoyed fast-pitch softball, participating in road runs and having completed a half marathon. He was an avid fisherman and gardener, putting in a vegetable garden every year. He would participate in turkey and cornstalk shoots. Robert volunteered many hours at the VFW and Elks Lodge where he enjoyed calling bingo. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with family.
Robert has been preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Buddy Dean Vance, John Lee Vance, Junior Vance, Jerome Thomas “Hank” Vance; and an infant sister, Alice Bernice Vance.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Vance of the home; sons, Steven Vance and wife Tracie, Robert “Curley” Vance II and wife Toni, and David “Big D” Taylor and wife Sheri, all of Tahlequah; grandchildren, Stephen, Tyler, Shawn, McKenna, Sierrah, Mason, Jayce, Jackson, Brandon, Ashley, and Courtney; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Victor Vance and wife Ruby, Ernest Vance and wife Dora, and Larry Vance; sisters, Mary Ann Feather, Barbara Sanders and Pauline Hilb; along with many extended family members; friends and loved ones.
Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.