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Bruce William Vance

Bruce-Vance-1Bruce William Vance, of Mena passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the age of 67.

Bruce was born in Amery, WI on January 11, 1948. After high school graduation he joined the US Navy and spent 23 years in before he retired as a Senior Chief Radioman.  He then moved to Mena and began working for the City of Mena and retired as Superintendent of the Parks Department after 19 years.

He enjoyed fishing, he took pride in his homestead, all he built and all the trees he had planted.

He spent years working to make his land exactly how he wanted.  Spending time with his family was his greatest joy.  He has six grandchildren that he cherished and brought him much happiness and who adored him.

Bruce is survived by wife, Pamela Vance of forty-two years; daughter, Deanna Witte and husband Randy of Holtville, California; grandchildren, Matthew, William, Joseph, and Andrew Vance of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Brenda Ward and husband Brian of Loogootee, IN; grandchildren, Amber and Sean; mother, Mary Mellerud; siblings, Lila Bagley, Earl Vance, Loretta “Goldie” Mattson, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Bruce was preceded in death by his siblings, John Vance, Virgil Vance, Joe Vance, Betty Boyer, and Dan Vance.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel. Family and friends visitation prior to service at 1:00 p.m. under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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