Rich Vance

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I'm originally from Ripley in western New York state. My Vance, Maguire/McGuire, Wright, & Messenger ancestors were from McKean and Warren Counties, PA.  My Hopkins, Alday/Aldag, Drake, Gatchell/Getchell, & Rater (spelled at least 6 different ways) ancestors were from Erie County, PA and Chautauqua County, NY.
I retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1993 after a 22-year career and now reside in Las Vegas.

My Father: Harold Paul Vance
Step-Dad: Arthur James 'Jim' Tustin
Mom: Still alive & kickin' at 94 yrs. young!!!   ^_^
Grandpa: Lamont C. "Monty" Vance
Grandma: Genevieve Martha Getchell Vance
Grandpa: Lee Bloss Hopkins
Grandma: Iva Jane Alday Hopkins
Great-Grandma who made it to 100 years: Nettie Belle Rater Alday
Great Grandmother: Frances Ellen Drake Hopkins; 8th Cousin to
John Winston Spencer-Churchill, (7th Duke of Marlborough; grandfather of
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill).

My Profile page in the Find-A-Grave Forums: Lost_Wages

I'm happy to transfer any memorials of people I'm not related to.
Click on SUGGEST EDITS on the memorial, then scroll to the bottom and click
"Suggest other corrections". This will generate an e-mail from Find A Grave with [links] to the memorial and your member page... less chance for errors this way.

I'm only human and I make mistakes (especially when my "Coffee Low-Level Warning Light" is blinking); so any Edits or additions are gladly welcomed. ^_^ I try to stay on top of them, but an ongoing battle with an auto-immune condition and a heart attack 3 years ago have slowed me down some; so please be patient.

Any day on the "green side" of the grass is a good day; some of them are just better than others.

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