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“My heartfelt condolences during this time of sorrow. Your father, and grandfather was a very dear sweet man whom I thought highly of. He was always...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Jessica Bryant - Point Pleasant, WV

“I will always treasure the memories and love of being a part of your family. You and Wilma were my second parents and loved me like one of your own....Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Yvette Pfost Vance - WV

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3 of 14 | Posted by: Yvette Pfost Vance - WV

“Uncle Russ was always special to me. He and Aunt Wilma have always been so gracious, kind and welcoming. I doubt anyone ever felt like a guest in...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Rene` Hill - South Charlestn, WV

“Danny, you and your family are in my prayers. I know this is a difficult thing to walk through. I have found that trusting in God is the only way...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Teri Rhinehart - Sanford, NC

“So sorry for your loss, Dan. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Roger & Teresa Atkins - WV

“My memories are so vast and varied that choosing just one as a tribute to my grandfather would be next to impossible. A man with as much integrity,...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Chris Vance - Charleston, WV

“My pawpaw, I miss you so much already. Spending that Father's Day Sunday with you was the best day. You are and will always be my rescuer, my strong...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Jessica Vance King - WV

“Deepest sympathy and love ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Darynann & Mason

“Deepest sympathy to my dearest Dan and his beloved family. Blessed are those who morn, for they shall be comforted . Matthew 5:4 ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Allison Ellis - Companion

“Condolences to you and your family, from us here at Bayer Fire/Rescue. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Mike Wheeler - Winfield, WV

“Grandpa loved hearing aboout the "GOOD OLE DAYS" when you would tell me strories of things that happened when you were a child. I loved you then and...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Stephen Casto - Grandson

“I love and will miss you..I love spending time with you and Aunt Wilma when I was small you mean so much to me I am so Blessed to have had you as my...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Kersey - Liberty, WV

“We love you dad. You were our "HERO" Love, Patty and Jimmy ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Patty and Jimmy Hamilton


Russell E Vance, 82, of South Charleston, died after a long illness Tuesday, June 25,2013.

A retired Machine Shop instructor for Carver Career Center, he also served in the US Air Force during the Korean conflict.

Being a lifelong member of the JR. OUAM, Russ was well known in the Kanawha Valley as not only a skilled machinist but an avid enthusiast of anything mechanical, electrical, or full of tinkering possibilities; he was a tried and true friend to anyone in need of design or troubleshooting with their own projects.

A warm and exaggerated "Hello" greeted anyone who called or stopped by the shared home of his surviving wife Wilma Vance where they raised two children of their own, Patricia Hamilton and Danny Vance, however this home would be open to many people over the years.

Russ was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Lee and Mary Catherine Vance, his brother William Vance, and sister Jeanie Vance.

He is survived by his wife Wilma Vance, brothers Charles and Harry Vance, sister in laws Alice and Berneda Vance, son in law Jimmy Hamilton, grandchildren Jessica King, Stephen Casto, Christopher Vance and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, June 28 at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston with Pastor Jeffrey Comer officiating.
Family and Friends may visit 2 hours prior to the service,

Memories of Russ may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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