|2/28/2014 10:40:00 AM|
Vance Hamann, 91, of Bryan, Texas, formerly Hilltop Lakes, Texas, passed away Feb. 21, 2014, in Texas.
Memorial services were held Monday in Hilltop Lakes Chapel. Funeral services were by Cozart Funeral Home, Normangee, Texas.
Vance was born Sept. 14, 1922, in Grant Park, Ill., to Martin and Melody (Morrison) Hamann.
He was married to Colleen Koch in Illinois. They were both educators for more than 30 years. Vance completed a master of education degree from Indiana University. He became superintendent of schools in Central Illinois, consolidating school systems in Western, Tiskilwa and Spring Valley, improving the quality of education in these small towns for more than 20 years.
Vance was an athlete, an educator, loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a star basketball player, in high school and college. He was noted as an Illinois State Top 50 Legends Basketball Player.
Vance enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and became a pilot training outside of Waco Texas. Upon his return from the war he completed his bachelor’s in education degree at Illinois State University. He became a teacher, basketball coach and then school principal.
Vance was an avid golfer and upon retiring moved to Hilltop Lakes, Texas, where late in life he met and married his second wife Rebecca White. He was very active in his church and was in years past a deacon at churches both in Illinois as well as at Hilltop Lakes Chapel.
Vance was a proud member of the Lions Club. He received a 60-year member pin, was a past president for multiple Lions Club chapters and served as a Lions Club district governor for the State of Illinois.
Survivors include one son, Micheal Vance Hamann and wife Rawna; one daughter, Terry Hamann and husband Alan Perlstein; one stepdaughter, Rhesa Boulton and husband Kenny; one stepson, Dennis Westfall and wife Kelly; one brother Dale Hamann and wife Rita; three grandchildren, Daniel, Charity and Ashley; and two great-grandchildren.
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