BLOOMINGTON ? Delmar E. Vance, 77, of Bloomington died at 4:15 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 27, 2010) at his residence. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, with Deacon Bob Hermes officiating. Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery, Colfax, with military honors from Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guards accorded. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to Cedar Lake Fellowship Inc., P.O. Box 513, Bloomington, IL 61702-0513. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.
He was born July 11, 1933, in Colfax, a son of Daniel Webster and Stella Mae Blundy Vance. He married Judy Thornton on July 11, 1956. Surviving are two daughters, Debra (Randy) Fulkerson of Normal and Susan Nafziger of Towanda; two sons, Rodney (Linda) Vance of Shirley and Richard Todd (Loretta) Vance of Normal; eight grandchildren, Marc Starke, Deric Walsh, Jessie Hough, Kambria Vance, Kiara Vance, Joshua Vance, Shane Nafziger and Samantha Harris; four great-grandchildren, Ty Starke, Jake Starke, Kyra Hough and Jack Walsh; and two sisters, Alice (Marion) Welsh, age 98, of Gridley; and Gladys (Don) Jacobs, age 97, of Lexington. He was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister. Delmar was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1953. He retired from Nussbaum Trucking in 1995 after 25 years of service. Delmar was well known by stock car racing fans in Central Illinois during the 1970s and 1980s, racing at speedways in Peoria, Fairbury and Farmer City. He was active in quarter-midget racing during the 1990s with four of his grandchildren. He enjoyed going to local racetracks and following NASCAR. He was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan.