Gilbert L. Vance

Born: Sat., Apr. 3, 1920
Died: Sat., Mar. 13, 2010

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Gilbert L. Vance

April 3, 1920 – March 13, 2010

Gilbert Lindsey Vance, 89, of South Bend died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2010 in Southfield Village following a lengthy illness. Mr. Vance was born April 3, 1920 in South Bend to the late Blanche E. (Ireland) and Owen C. Vance and was a lifetime area resident. On March 15, 1947 in South Bend he married Janice Jackson who preceded him in death April 10, 1985. On June 3, 1986 in South Bend he married Beverly (Engle) Wolfe who survives. Also surviving are two sons, David L. Vance (Barbara) of Windsor, CO and Thomas J. Vance (Kathleen) of Portage, MI; step-daughter, Carol Wolfe Neu (Robert) of Pittsburgh, PA; step-son, Donald Wolfe (Elinor) of Fairfield, IA; and three grandchildren, Kelly Vance Knecht (Rob) of Grand Rapids, MI, Andrew Vance of Peoria, IL, and Evan Neu of Philadelphia, PA. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mardell Rankin and Esther Berry; and two brothers, Otis C. Vance and Nevin R. Vance.  Mr. Vance retired as a Senior Vice-President and Trust Officer at First Source Bank after 36 years. He was a member and past president of many community organization boards including First Presbyterian Church, Morris Park Country Club, Hearing and Speech Center, Scholarship Foundation, YMCA Camp Eberhart, United Way, Goodwill Industries, REAL Services, the former Indiana Club, Indiana Bankers Association, and Memorial Hospital Health Foundation. He was also a member of the board of directors of Shippers Dispatch, Inc. and Mossberg & Company. Mr. Vance was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, proudly serving in General Douglas Mac Arthur’s headquarters in the Pacific Theatre. Private family funeral services will be held. There will be no visitation. Entombment will take place at Riverview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 333 W. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN, 46601 or the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN, 46637 or Camp Eberhart Alumni Association, 316 S. Eddy St., South Bend, IN, 46617. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William St., is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Gilbert's memory to the following organizations:

Camp Eberhart Alumni Association
316 S. Eddy St. South Bend, IN 46617

Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637

First Presbyterian Church
333 W. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN, 46601

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Don and Peg Claeys
   Posted Mon March 15, 2010
Beverly, and the family our deepest sympathy., on the death of Gil. Don and I just read of his passing and our thoughts are with you. Don especially goes back many years with his friendship and has many fond memories of things they shared. Gil always had a charming smile when he saw you and a good story to tell. He shall be missed by all of you and our thoughts are with you

Peg Claeys

Betty Lou Vance Rice
   Posted Tue March 16, 2010
Dear David, Tom, Bev, and remainder of the family,
Bill and I are so sorry to lose Uncle Gil. He was always a favorite uncle. I remember when he came home from the war he brought our family an ashtray from Australia that had an airplane and kangaroos on it. I always treasured that silver piece. If I recall correctly, it is still packed away with old family treasures. He was always so much fun and we always looked forward to visiting with him.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We know this is not an easy time for you.

Betty Lou

Chari Ford-Gray
   Posted Tue March 16, 2010
Dear Dave and Tom,

I heard of your Dad's death from my mom. Whiile I know he had been ill for a very long time, I also know that the passing is still difficlult for you and your family. I hope that you find peace in the good memories.



Vicki Ford
   Posted Wed March 17, 2010
Hi Dave and Tom,
Sorry to hear about your loss. We each get just one Dad.... Thought and prayers to you and yours.


Brian and Valerie Stogdill
   Posted Thu March 18, 2010
Dear David and Barbara, Tom and Kathleen, and your family. Mom sent the obit for your Dad. We are sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your Dad. As a child, he was always a trusted and interested adult. He took time with us kids in the neighborhood. I recall on a "stay over" at your house one night, Dave and I were making too much noise after we were supposed to be in bed and asleep. Your Dad came in to check on us and decided we needed turkey with mayonaise sandwiches right away. What a cool Dad. And one summer night when the entire neighborhood was playing in your front yard, Tom and I managed to break Tom's arm (sorry about that). We all went to the E.R. and your folks came from a big celebration. I can still see you Dad in his tuxedo in the E.R. He was most understanding and forgiving. He was a man I've always admired. He made a difference in his community. I'm sure you will miss him. I'm sure you each have your Dad's good qualities and have added some of your own. Warm regards, Brian and Valerie