Vernon Lee Nance
Proud lifelong Madras resident and Korean War Veteran, Vernon Lee Nance passed away May 2, 2021, at the age of 86, after a four-year battle with cancer. He was born in Redmond, Oregon, to Sabe and Viola (Wasmundt) Nance. Vern attended grade school at Metolius and Madras Elementary and graduated in 1953 from Madras Union High School.
Upon graduating, he enlisted for four years in the U.S. Navy, which took him overseas to Korea and surrounding countries on the USS Essex aircraft carrier. While in the Navy, he met and married Janet A. Slinker in 1955. They had one son, Kelly. He was crushed when he lost his precious Janet in 2011.
After receiving an honorable discharge in 1957, he took a position with the "BIA" Bureau of Indian Affairs in Warm Springs, as a log check scaler. He also fought many forest fires during his time there and retired from BIA in 1984.
In the summer of 1988, both he and Janet worked as Supervisory Bio Aides in the Warm Springs unit for the Spruce Budworm Project. He also helped good friends, Bill and Helen Houts, with getting the Meet Market Pub up and running and ended up serving five years as their bartender.
He was a lifetime member of the Madras Elks Lodge #2017, the NRA and was a sustaining member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
In 2019 he was one of the chosen Veterans for the Honor Flight to Washington DC accompanied by his son, Kelly. It was a trip of a lifetime for both of them and most importantly to Vern -- they experienced it together.
He loved to hunt deer and elk with his son and was a very successful hunter. He was thrilled when his nephew, Gary, returned to Madras and began hunting with them. His favorite non-hunting activity was spending time at Fly Creek Ranch with cousins Ab (Red) and Phil Nance and family.
His survivors include his son, Kelly (Debi) Nance; granddaughter, Kimberly (Kerry) Crill; grandson, Colin (Julie) Ohngren; five great-grandchildren and 10 greatgreat-grandchildren; nephew, Gary (Kathy) Sisk and their family, Bailey Sisk and Whitney (Kyle) Johnson, Delaney, Rhett, and Sabe Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sabe and Viola; and wife, Janet.
There will be no service at his request. A private burial will take place at a later date. Donations can be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital or a charity of your choice.