Larry Douglas “Doug” Vance

June 21, 1947 ‒ June 22, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Larry Douglas “Doug” Vance, 70, of Delaware passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, June 22, 2017 after a long, hard fought battle with Parkinson’s.

He was born June 21, 1947 in Harmon, Virginia to the late Roy and Opal (Murdock) Vance.

Doug worked as a cardiopulmonary technician at several home care agencies and at Grady Memorial Hospital for many years. He enjoyed fishing, canoeing, shooting pool, rock hunting and the outdoors and playing tennis and hiking with his wife. A self-taught computer wiz, he also enjoyed cooking and writing poetry.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 31 years, Rene (Sox); son, Scott (Vickie) Williams; brother, Melvin (Erin) Vance; sisters, Billie (Gano) Conkle, Michele (Tom) Evangelista and Anita (Ernie) Hart; brother-in-law, Craig Sox; sister-in-law, Lisa (Gary) Cooper; nieces and nephews; special friends who gave gentle and loving care the past 4 years, Catherine Neel and Anna Krechetova; and his feline companion, Joey.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his son Jeff Williams and his brother-in-law, Steven Sox.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 5 – 7 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware where celebration of life services will follow at 7:00 pm.

Contributions in Doug’s memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or to Meals on Wheels.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Vance family.

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  • Special thoughts, light and love to Rene and friends and family.

  • Rene and family…I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Gosh Rene, so sorry about your hubby. Even though I never met him, I’m sure he was a great man. My prayers are with you!!

  • Rene and family. My heart is breaking for what you and your family have been through this past year. Prayers , love and strength to all of you. Thinking of you all. ❤️

  • Rene and family; I remember Doug’s sense of humor and wit among other highlights
    of his personality. What you have been through is indescribable. Wishing you peace,
    light, and restful blessings in the days to come.
    Thinking of you all,
    JoAnne Decker

  • Rene and Doug…one of the greatest love stories I have been witness to. Your incredible devotion, gentle strength, compassion, respect, and unconditional love was a gift to each other and for those of us lucky enough to see through the years. Doug, I know you will be watching over Rene for the rest of her days…and will be waiting with open arms when you reunite for all of eternity. Until then, keep smiling, run freely and without pain, and have fun with my Mom! I love you JoAnn and the kids

  • Rene~I am extremely sorry and know what a huge loss Dougs’ passing is to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • To Larry’s Family and Friends,
    I am very sorry for your lost. Larry was one of my best friends when we were younger. We got into all kinds of mischeif together, and they were some of the best times I ever had! We spent a lot of time in the pool hall, and he was always winning! He was funny and ornery, and I will never forget him. RIP Larry.
    Alfred Hutchison

  • Dear Rene,

    I was so sorry to hear this sad news. I know that you have had a tough year, and I will continue to keep you in my prayers. You have been so strong and constant in this battle- you truly are an Angel.
    Thinking of you…
    Lana Bishop

  • Dear Rene,
    I’ve been out of state for a few days and today as I was catching up on the Delaware Gazette news, I saw the obituary of your sweet husband Doug Vance.
    I immediately felt such sadness followed by memories of a lovely man who fell in love with our beautiful blond medical floor clerk at Grady, a kind talented respitory therapist who gave quality care to the patients at Grady Hospital and a brave man who handled the debilitating side effects of his health status with dignity and humor. Doug was a fine man and you were a FINE wife and care giver. Take comfort in the many memories you must have of your life together.
    Anne Melko