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San Filippo, Vance

Vance San Filippo, 71, died at his home in Omro on March 2, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Fresno, California, on July 1, 1942, to Frank and Jacqueline Gentry San Filippo. Upon graduating from Fresno's Roosevelt High School in 1960 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Vance was honorably discharged in 1969 and continued his government service as an Avionics Technician with the U.S. Department of Defense. In 1979 he joined the Federal Aviation Administration where he held numerous positions until he retired in 1997 as an Aircraft Maintenance Manager.

In 1961, he married the former Carol Ann Trimble. Vance's interest in aviation continued for the rest of his life. After retirement, Vance and Carol volunteered with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). As volunteers, one of their favorite activities was traveling with the EAA's vintage 1929 Ford Tri-Motor. They also served as docents at the EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, a living history museum and working replica of a 1920's airfield. They were active with Trinity Episcopal Church in Oshkosh.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Carol San Filippo; three daughters, Stephanie (Jim) Parsons of Oshkosh, Annie (Mike) Conger of Carson City, Nevada, and Karen (Bob) Gray of Grass Valley, California. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Nicholas, Brittany, Jennifer (Aaron), Blake, and Marshall. Vance is further survived by a brother, Wayne Keith (Susan) San Filippo of San Gabriel, California; cousins, Lawrence (Donna Horn) Barbano of Mountain View, California, Andrew Barbano of Reno, Nevada; a niece, two nephews, and three grandnieces.

He was happiest when with his family. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he loved being a Nanno most of all. A private family remembrance was held. Memorials in Vance's memory may be given to EAA Young Eagles in care of EAA, PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI, 54903.


Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 9, 2014
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