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Vance Wilcox

November 6, 1927 May 30, 2019
Vance Wilcox
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Obituary for Vance Wilcox

SHREVE - Vance Frederick Wilcox, 91, of Shreve passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Hospice LifeCare of Wooster following declining health.
He was born November 6, 1927 in Holmesville, a son of the late George and Marcella (Gamber) Wilcox.

Vance was a dedicated employee of the Gerstenslager Company of Wooster for 47 years, where he skillfully crafted Bookmobile interiors. In his spare time, he used these same talents to remodel counter tops, cabinets and flooring in many Wayne County homes.

Vance enjoyed woodworking and after retirement, was able to devote more time to crafting keepsakes for family and friends. Also in retirement, he raised and showed prize winning chinchillas and loved raising chickens and pheasants. Vance looked forward to salmon fishing with his brother-in-laws on the west coast. He was an avid gardener and shared his annual harvests with others.

Vance served as a volunteer firefighter for the Shreve Fire Department in the 1960’s. He was a member of the Shreve United Methodist Church. Vance and June raised their family and lived most of their married life in Shreve and cherished time spent with family. The family would like to thank the LifeCare Hospice team for their loving care and kindness for Vance.

Surviving are wife, Marilyn (June) Smithhisler Wilcox, whom he married on August 7, 1949 in Hopewell Church in Shreve, Ohio; six children; Connie (Paul) Long, Larry Wilcox, Terry (BJ) Wilcox, Gale (Deb) Wilcox, Debbie (Kim) Chapman, Les (Jan) Wilcox; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchil- dren.

Along with his parents, Vance was preceded in death by a brother, Hubert Wilcox and a step-brother, Carl Lytle.

There will be a private family service with burial at Shreve Oak Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Shreve United Methodist Church 430 N. Main St., Shreve, OH 44676 or LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691. Schlabach Funeral Home in Shreve is assisting the family with the arrange- ments.

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Event Information

Services are private.

Cemetery Details


Oak Grove Cemetery Final Resting Place

P.O. Box 501
Shreve, OH 44676

P.O. Box 501 Shreve 44676 OH
United States

Memorial Contribution

Shreve United Methodist

430 N. Main St.
P.O. Box 525
Shreve, OH 44676

LifeCare Hospice

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691

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