Lt. Colonel Ted (Ret.) Vance

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Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Ted Vance
May 30, 1921 - June 10, 2013
Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Ted Vance
Ted passed away June 10, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.

He was the 7th child of Theodolphilus and Florence Vance, born in Dinuba, California May 30, 1921. The family moved to the Emmett valley soon after Ted was born. He attended the old Faulk School. When he was a teenager they moved to Medford Oregon.
Ted joined the Merchant Marines in 1940 then in 1943 enlisted in the Army, where he served as a drill sergeant during WWII. In 1950 while stationed in Hawaii, he was shipped out on one of the first transports to Korea where he was wounded and received a field commission for OCS. His military career took him all over the states and abroad, Hawaii, Fort Benning, Fort Knox, Fort Lewis, Panama, and Germany. Ted was stationed in Germany, guarding the east German border during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He ended his military career as a Lt. Colonel posted as a military advisor to the National Guard in Caldwell from 1963 to 1968. He retired from the army after 25 years.
After the military he had many businesses in Caldwell, appliance repair, laundry mat, ice plant, sandwich shop, daycare and sign shop. Notably he started or partnered in many businesses still in town today. Ron's Health Food Store, The Hamburger Connection, Postal Express Shipping Center & Francies Fabric and Quilt Shop. All successful, some more than others.
He was blessed with a big family. Son's Glenn and Dave from his marriage to Edna Knowles and Gary from his marrige to Veronia Playans. In 1974 he married Francie Doramus. His family grew again with the addition of her children Tony, Tim, Ted, Tom and Trudy.
Ted and Francie spent many wonderful years travelling, financing their travels by creating and selling pieces of jewelry and art at craft shows. They also enjoyed many holidays surrounded by family, filling the house for food and fun. Fifteen years ago, Ted and Francie bought 5 acres and built a home in Sand Hollow, near son's Tom & Ted, returning within 7 miles of the home in the Emmett valley where he spent his youth. He named his home "The End of the Trail Ranch".
He had a very full life. He loved photography, clocks and having a bit of fun. He was a kidder. Those who worked for Ted might have originally thought him tough, commonly called the colonel, but most remember him for what he taught them, "how to work". Faithful to God and his family until the end.
He is survived by his wife Francie, his Vance children; Glenn & Barb, Dave & Eula, Gary & Dana, his Doramus children; Tony & Cathy, Tim & Loraine, Ted, Tom & Carol, Trudy & Steve (Dewey) (and their children, grand children & great grand children. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters and grand daughter Amy.
A viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, June 23, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Dakan Chapel in Caldwell. Services will be held on Monday, June 24, at 10:00 am at Canyon Hill Nazarene Church, 904 N. Michigan, Caldwell, burial with military honors to follow at the Canyon Hill Cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be shared with Ted's family in his online tribute at

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Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue
Caldwell, ID 83605
(208) 459-3629
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune from June 20 to June 21, 2013
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