Monte L. Rance, 89, Logansport, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017, in his home. Born March 18, 1928, in Grand Haven, Michigan, he was the son of the late Glen Orville and Margaret Katherine (Cohee) Rance.
On June 5, 1944, in Winamac, he was married to Edna (Wilcox) Rance, who preceded him in death Feb. 3, 2016.
Monte was retired from Louisville Cement where he had worked for 30 years.
There wasn't anything Monte couldn't fix; he was a jack of all trades. He was a gardener and growing tomatoes was his specialty. He was a loyal Cubs fan and also followed Notre Dame and the Chicago Bears. When he retired, he continued raising a new generation of children. Neighborhood kids flocked to him as they loved his sense of humor and the fact that he was always there for them.
Monte was a longtime member of the Main Street United Methodist Church and a devoted daily reader of the Bible.
Surviving are seven children, Dororthy (Louis) Smolek, Winamac, Margaret (Jim) Ross, Upland, Virginia (Marion Jr.) Bell, Rick Rance, Karen (Virgil) Henry, Jacqueline (Alvin) Cody and Kim (Kevin) DuVall, all of Logansport; one brother, Ira (Elizabeth) Rance, Milbrook, Alabama; one cousin, Beverly Gruszezyk, Urbana, Illinois; 11 grandchildren, Joanna (Ray) McFarland, Marion Bell III, Micah (Amy) Ross, Samuel (Nichole) Rance, Elizabeth Rance, Shae (Rodney) Lobenthal, Skyeler Rance, Zayne (Alyce) Trent and Cassandra Cody (Casey Collins); several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many honorary neighborhood grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, Diane Rance; two grandsons, Christopher Bell and Dalton DuVall; two great-great-grandsons, Collin Ray McFarland and Trevor Bowsher; three sisters, Delores Thompson, Jeanette and Annette Galloway; and two brothers, Art and Eldon Rance.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Monte Rance will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15 in Fisher Funeral Chapel. Rev. Damon Soper will officiate at the service. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitation hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 and one hour prior to the service on Thursday in the funeral chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Main Street United Methodist Church. You may share condolences and view his video tribute at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.
Published on June 11, 2017