A.A. "Bud"'s Story
A.A. "Bud" Vance Jr., 88, of Norman died in the comfort of his home on July 19th, 2017. Following internment in Norman IOOF Cemetery, services will be held at 2:00 p.m. at NorthHaven Church in Norman on Saturday July 22nd, 2017. The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Friday July 21st, 2017 at Primrose Funeral Service. For more information on the services, please visit www.primrosefuneralservice.com
Bud was born on September 4th, 1928 in Chunky, Mississippi to Alonzo and Mary Vance. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Mississippi State University. He served his country for 22 years as a pilot in the United States Air Force. He flew in the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired after 22 years. Among his medals were the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After retiring from the Air Force Bud and his wife Dee moved to Norman Oklahoma where he worked for and eventually owned and ran Broce Construction Company and Broce Manufacturing Co.
Bud's faith was important throughout his life. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church and a founding member of North Haven Baptist Church. He also helped to begin Bible Study Fellowship in Norman.
Bud was a deeply kind man who possessed a profound, bottomless generosity. His giving, warm spirit was evident in everything he did. Bud could not leave the house without making a friend or two. A beloved regular at his local coffee shop, he spent many afternoons talking with old or new friends over a "Bud-a-ccino." He took genuine interest in every single person he met, a testament to a soul that truly placed no limits on how much kindness it offered that world, making community everywhere he went.
Bud was loved deeply and looked up to by his entire family for his wisdom, his caring spirit, and his wit. He was an avid reader of history and could tell you the tale of any U.S. battle with impressive detail and contagious curiosity. He was a gracious host and made a mean martini. A proud OU fan, he had an immense love for his town of Norman, Oklahoma. Bud took great pride in his children and grandchildren; his dedication to making sure that all eight of his grandchildren could pursue their biggest dreams is an incredible, enduring gift.
Mr. Vance is survived by his two sons, Steve Vance and Alan and his wife Julie Vance; one daughter, Teri and her husband Mike Hubbeling; and eight grandchildren, Austin Vance, Ethan Vance, Harper Hubbeling, Tess Hubbeling, Jessi Vance, Luke and his wife Debbie Vance, Peter Vance and Nathaniel Vance. He is also survived by his sister Georgia O'Leary and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Dee Vance, his parents, his sister Myra Welch, and cousin (like a sister to him) Miriam Kastla.
The family requests donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Bud Vance Memorial Fund for the Angel Tree Project. Checks can be sent to Republic Bank of Norman.
Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK
Published on July 20, 2017