Dallas Edward Vance

May 05, 1935 ‒ January 16, 2007

Fredericktown, Ohio

Dallas E. Vance, age 71, of Fredericktown, died on Tuesday morning, January 16, 2007, at the Selma Markowitz Care Center in Newark following an extended six year battle with cancer.

In Russell County, Virginia, Dallas was born on May 5, 1935, the son of the late James and Laura (Dye) Vance.

Dallas served as a medic in the U.S. Air Force, and worked as a core-maker for the Ohio Brass Company.

On September 30, 1960, Dallas married his loving wife of over 46 years, Juanita (Williamson) Vance, in Mansfield. Together they moved to Fredericktown from the Bellville area in 1969. Juanita will forever remember her husband as always loving and generous.

With a lifelong passion for music, Dallas developed into a prolific bluegrass musician. Beginning with his fiddle at a young age, he had already been heard on the radio before he moved to Ohio from Virginia as a teenager. Dallas had played with many different bands, but his most requested song remained the same: Orange Blossom Special.

A handy man, Dallas could fix anything, and most of his efforts went into his 1948 Ford tractor, his “pride and joy.”

Having an ornery streak, Dallas never missed an opportunity to “needle” his family and friends even if it involved delicate issues. He truly was always fun to be with, and that is just one of the hundreds of reasons why his family will miss him.

As a father, Dallas was “fantastic,” and especially when it came to giving advice as he always informing you of “what you needed to hear, not what you wanted to hear.” Dallas helped to share a close knit bond with all of his family, as he had has always been there for even his extended family thru thick and thin.

In addition to his wife, Dallas will be missed by his son Michael (Kathleen) Vance of Mount Gilead; his three grandchildren Alex, Allison, and Aaron all of Mount Gilead; his sister-in-law Jeanetta Vance of Bellville; his nieces and nephews Sonnie Belcher of Canton, Judy Daniels of Butler, Lenora Belcher of Bellville, Eddie Belcher of Ashland, Billy Vance of Richlands, Virginia, Julie Flaherty, Jimmy Vance, Joe Vance, Janie Britton, and Jennifer Conover all of Bellville; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Dallas was preceded in death by his brother James Vance Jr.; and two sisters Ruth Belcher and Dorothy Vance.

The family will greet friends on Friday from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Craven & Snyder Funeral Home, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Tom Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Rd., Newark, Ohio 43055.

The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped care for Dallas, and especially to his doctor, Joseph Bokar, his primary nurse Karen Haren, and secondary nurse Anitra Myer.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family and directions may be found at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.