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Obit – Vance, William Jr.

ORRVILLE — William Vance Jr., age 72, of Orrville, died Monday, December 30, 2019, at Wooster Community Hospital, following a period of declining health.

Jr. was born on January 11, 1947, in McDowell, Kentucky, to the late William and Lizzie (Issac) Vance and graduated from McDowell High School in 1965.  He married Nancy L. Steiner in 2001, in Gatlinburg, TN, and Nancy survives.

He worked as a Supervisor for the Gerstenslager Company in Wooster for 36 years, retiring in 2000.

Jr. was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Orrville where he sang in the choir. He enjoyed golfing, playing guitar, and singing Elvis songs.  He loved sports, following the Cleveland teams, and he especially loved following his grandchildren in anything they did.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Nancy, are four children, William H. (Michelle) Vance of Burbank, Rachel (Tim) Garman of Wooster, Michelle (Erik) Kato of Columbus, and Nicholas (Danielle) Yeager of Orrville; six grandchildren, Zac (fiancé Brittany Schumacher) Vance, Katie Vance, Weston Garman, Macy Garman, Dylan Yeager, and Rilee Yeager; a great grandchild, Liam Vance; and three sisters, Dorothy DeRosset of KY, Barbara (Craig) Brown of Wooster, and Chaddie Nelson of IN.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Clarence, James, Bernie, Terry, and Randall Vance.

Friends may call on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at Auble Funeral Home, 512 East Oak Street, Orrville, from 4 to 7 pm.

Services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, at Auble Funeral Home, with Rev. Dr. O. Kenneth Walther officiating. Burial will take place at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 525 North Broad Street, Canfield, OH, 44406 or the First Presbyterian Church 1830 West Market Street, Orrville, OH, 44667.

Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at the funeral home’s web site at

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