Sherrill Dean Vance, 82, currently living in St. Anthony, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, of incidents related to age.
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Sherrill was born on March 11, 1931, in Stanford, Mont., to Hyrum Golden and Arleen Alta Vance. He had three brothers and three sisters, Alta, Dale, Neil, Kemmer, Coreen and Doris. He lived in Stanford before moving to Bynum, Mont., and then moved to the Fairfield Bench, where he entered the Crow School and graduated from Fairfield High School in 1949. He attended Montana State College in Havre, Mont.
He joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1949. He completed basic training at Camp Pendleton in California. Upon returning from basic training, he was called to serve during the Korean War. He was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in action.
Sherrill married Lorna June Walker, Aug. 5, 1953, in the Idaho Falls Temple. He attended school at Ricks College and completed a master's degree from Utah State University. He taught industrial arts for 35 years, losing only one finger in shop class, and survived countless driver education students. Although he spent many years in the classroom, he especially enjoyed raising livestock. After retirement, he taught at the St. Anthony Work Camp and was a life skills coach at Upper Valley Industries.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in which he faithfully served in many callings and assignments.
He is survived by Lorna, his wife of 60 years; his sons, Kolin (Jackie) and Tevis (Lisa); his daughters, Holly (Mark) Kartchner and Margo (Brent) Thompson; the light of his life 14 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, a sister and a granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 14, 2013, at noon at the St. Anthony 2nd Ward/Twin Groves 2nd Ward chapel. The family will receive friends this morning at 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the church prior to the services. Burial will be in the Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery, Idaho Falls, Idaho, under the direction of Bert Flamm Mortuary. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.flammfh.com.
Flamm Funeral Home
61 North First East Rexburg, ID 83440
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Dec. 14, 2013