Kenneth E. Vance Sr.
1923 - 2019
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Kenneth E. Vance Sr

Brook - Kenneth E. Vance Sr., 95, of Brook, Indiana, passed away March 25, 2019, at l2:15 am in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December l5, l923, to the late Joseph C. and Ethel W. Glass Vance. A graduate of Earl Park High School, class of l94l. Has lived in Brook, IN for the past 4 years and prior to that in Fowler and Earl Park, IN.

Kenneth served in the United States Army during World War II, and worked as a barber for 35 years, mail carrier in Earl Park for 20 years and drove a school bus for several years. On November ll, 1946 in Earl Park, In he married the love of his life Donna Faye Gooding and she survivies. He is also survived by his children, son, Kenneth E. Vance Jr., (wife, Debbie), Zambia Africa, and 2 daughters, Sandra K. Arini, (husband, Anthony), Brook, IN and Kendra Enright, Zambia Africa. Seven grandchildlren, Samuel Arini, Kenneth Vance Arini, (wife Tracy), Mary Mulligan, (husband, David), Brian Enright, (wife Jade), Nathan Enright, (wife, Robin), Stacie Pearson, (husband, John) and Joshua Pearson, (wife Kelly), and great grandfather of l5. One sister, Margie Swicegood, Lexington, N.C., preceded in death by a son-in-law, John Enright, and one brother, George C. Vance.

A visitation will take place April 6, 2019 from 10:00 am - ll:00 am

(CDT) at the Fowler United Methodist Church, Fowler, IN with a Celebration of Life service in the church at ll:00 am (CDT) with Rev.

Matt Wallace, officiating. He was a member of the Fowler United Methodist Church and the Democratic Party. Memorials may be given in his name ot the Fowler United Methodist Church Mission Fund. Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, IN has the honor of serving the family.

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Published in Journal & Courier on Mar. 26, 2019.
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April 1, 2020
I am so sad to read this. Kenny was an amazing father to me as a foster child. I am who I am today because of him and Donna.
Lynne Bellaire
April 12, 2019
I grew up on a farm outside of Earl Park and went to school there all 12 years. Kenny was my bus driver for most of those years and also my barber. When I was 13 yrs. old I had Spinal Meningitis and was in Isolation for 18 days and missed several days of school. Upon my return home from the hospital, one of my first visitors was Kenny with a sack full of Get Well cards from my Schoolmates and a container of ice cream, also while he was there, he gave me a much needed haircut. Besides his being my bus driver and barber, I came to realize what a good man and Christian he was and especially a good friend. Our prayers to Donna and family, Bill & Margaret Curtis
William Curtis
April 5, 2019
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April 1, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to you Ken and Debbie in this time of grief but also thanksgiving and hope. Since I started my career with Charlie Cook at Kokomo Main Street UMC I have learned of the ministries of the Enrights and Vances and supported those ministries at various churches I served over the years. God bless you and your family at this time.
Joseph Smith
March 31, 2019
What a blessing to know you, Poppy. We will miss you and the way you loved your Donna...a great role model for my own Kenneth Vance. Rest easy until we see you again!
Tracy Arini
March 26, 2019
I am so blessed to have had you as my uncle. I thank you for all you did for me over the many years. I loved the times you and Aunt Donna came and spent part of the winters with us. I thank you for all the odd jobs you would do for me around the house. I remember the time you came to TN and painted the outside of my house. You always wanted chores to do when you visited. You weren't one to sit around but always had to be busy. I thank you for your sweet spirit and for all the love you gave to all of us. You were one of a kind and I am going to truly miss you. I know my Dad and brother were waiting on you and you all are enjoying each other once again. Love you Uncle Kenny and thanks for blessing my life with your presence. See you again one day.
Judy Swicegood
March 26, 2019
I am very honored to have met Poppy almost fouteeen years ago and then become part of the amazing family. I loved his stories about the different dogs that he owned and the antics they would get up to. He was a very kind man and I enjoyed sitting with him having a chat. He was a hard worker and loved his family, such a wonderful role model. Rest In Peace my friend and I look forward to meeting again.
David Mulligan
March 25, 2019
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