Richard A. Vance

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Richard Allen Vance

Of Carmel, formerly of Champaign, Illinois, passed away quietly at home on March 31, 2014.

He was born in Champaign-Urbana on July 16, 1934 to Donald E. and C. Marcella Vance. He married Joann Dunn Lampert on April 27, 1968 in Champaign. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Lori Henderson, and three grandchildren, Eric, Michael and Sarah Henderson all of Carmel, and nieces, Robin (Farell) Pelfrey and son Garett of Warrenville, Illinois and Vicki (Greg) Higgins and children, Cayle, Kelsea and Ciera of Romeoville, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Robert Parker Vance, whose wife Jeanne survives.

He attended Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois and received a B.S. from the College of Commerce, University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army from October 1954 to September 1956.

Mr. Vance spent many years working in his father's business in Champaign, Universal Bleacher Company. While working there he was part of a four man team who invented the sculptured plastic seat module for bleachers. His name in listed on that patent. In 1983 he moved to Danville, Indiana, joining King School Equipment Company where he soon became a partner and eventually full owner of that company. He retired in 2001 and moved to Carmel, Indiana. After retirement he invented the Self Storing Aisle Rail for bleachers and sold the patent rights to Interkal, Inc.

While in Champaign he was a member of the Champaign Country Club, Lincolnshire Fields Golf Club and University Place Christian Church. In Indiana he was a member of Woodland Country Club in Carmel and Danville Christian Church.

He was a lifelong devoted fan of the Fighting Illini.

There will be a memorial service at Woodland Country Club in Carmel on Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Leppert Mortuary, Carmel is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to University of Illinois I FUND ( for athletic scholarships.

Funeral Home
Leppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel
900 N. Rangeline Rd. Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 846-2091
Funeral Home Details
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Apr. 6, 2014
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