Paul M. Vance passed peacefully the morning of August 3 rd , 2020 at his home in John Knox Village. Born December 3 rd , 1930 in Kansas City, Mo. to G.M. and Lillian Vance. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Donna (Wamberg) Vance, Daughter Leslie Soulis and husband Steve of Lee’s Summit, son Mitch Vance of Newport, Oregon, daughter Julie Paradise and husband Robert of Lee’s Summit and grandson’s Carter and Parker Willis of Kansas City.
Paul lived his entire life in Raytown and Kansas City until moving to John Knox Village four years ago. A great athlete, Paul played football for Raytown High School. He then attended Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas and was member of Kappa Sig fraternity. Upon graduation, he served his country in the Korean war. After his time was served Paul returned to the family business, Vance Brothers, Inc. a nearly 100 year old family asphalt business. Paul was in the contracting division installing roadways and parking lots from southern Missouri to Iowa. A very hard worker, Paul loved his job and took great pride in a job “well done.” Paul worked for Vance Brothers until his retirement at the age of 60. Paul, Donna and family attended Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church in Raytown. He served as a deacon and elder and was at the church nearly every day helping perform “odd’s and ends”. He loved serving the church and the entire congregation loved Paul and Donna. Not being able to go the church in the last year was a difficult thing for Paul.
Paul married Donna who was from the small town of Wausa, Nebraska on June 19th, 1955. They just celebrated 65 years of marriage. Truly a wonderful love story and inspiration to all. Paul and Donna loved to travel. Annual family ski trips to Colorado, (you couldn’t take trips in the summer when you were in the asphalt business!), Australia, China, Scotland and many places in between.
Paul was always the life of the party! Always outgoing and friendly, Paul had a way to make everyone around him feel as if they were his best friend. Any one you mentioned Paul to would always say the same thing; what a great guy! A good steak and a cold Manhattan with family and friends would always illicit a hearty “Oh Boy!” and would make everyone smile. Paul never met a person he didn’t like. Paul and Donna were blessed to have many lifelong friends in which they kept in touch over the many years. We should all be as fortunate as Paul Vance. If there was ever a man to look upon and say, “what a wonderful life”, it was Paul. This simple history of Paul could never justify what his life truly was. HE WLL BE MISSED BEYOND WORDS. Visitation at 1:00pm on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Memorial Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00pm will be held at Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit Mo. Memorial contribution can be made to Village Hospice, Nurses Next Door, or the Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church.