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(May 5, 1944 – February 17, 2011)

Vance Glenn Anderson, age 66, died on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio following two months of complications after having a Lung Transplant on December 18, 2010. He went peacefully with his beloved wife Kathy at his side. Vance was born May 5, 1944 in Gladwin, Michigan to Ida May (Codling) and Glenn D Anderson. His father was killed in action five months later in Sivry, France, having seen his son in August of that year. His mother remarried a few years later and they moved to Midland, Michigan, where he grew up. He graduated from Midland High School in 1962.Vance received his Bachelor of Science in Education (1966) and Masters of Business Administration (1968) from Central Michigan University. During high school and while attending college he worked for Brownie?ÇÖs Market as a Meat Cutter and for a time during college at 4D Builders, both in Midland.Vance married the love of his life, Kathryn (Hicks) McLeod on September 6, 1986 in Lansing, Michigan.Vance worked for Consumers Energy for 37 years, retiring in 2003. He held various positions in the company including training, field and functional management in both the gas and electric departments and as Director of Natural Gas Vehicles. He held positions in the American Gas Association and presented a paper at the International Gas Association Conference in Berlin, Germany in 1991. He was an active mentor for many new engineers hiring into Consumers Energy as well as others and was involved in Employees for Better Government as a Steering Committee member, on United Way campaigns and the Speaker?ÇÖs Bureau for Nuclear Power education.Vance had been a Big Brother in Midland and served on the Board of Directors for United Way of Gladwin County, Michigan.Following retirement he and his wife, Kathy, moved to their home in Sugar Springs, Gladwin, Michigan and wintered in The Villages, Florida.Vance was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, son, brother, nephew, uncle and friend. He had the capacity to love and give attention to all. His heart was so big. He was humble, unselfish and always put others before him. He was happier for others than he was for himself. He was known for his cooking and loved to have family holiday dinners and entertain friends and family with food. He loved to go golfing and 4-wheeling in the U.P. with his buddies. His children and grandchildren will always remember his campfires with S?ÇÖmores, boat rides and hearing Grandpa ?Çÿtalk?ÇÖ like Donald Duck. Vance is a man that will be missed by all who knew him.Vance is survived by his wife, Kathy ?Ç£Doll?Ç¥ (Hicks) Anderson, two daughters, Kelly (Kevin) Stewart of Wylie, Texas, and Erin (Matt) Filipich of Grand Ledge, Michigan; two step-sons, Ken (Kelley) Brewer of Grand Blanc, Michigan, and Kendall Brewer of Grand Haven, Michigan; 7 grandchildren, Brian, Molly and Michaela Brewer, Jacob Danders, Samantha Filipich, Wesley and Hayden Stewart; brother, Kim (Pam) Stellmacher; 2 sisters, Sharon (George) Kennedy of Eugene, Oregon, and Susan (Dan) Jenson of Orleans, Michigan; Uncles, Worth ?Ç£Mike?Ç¥ (Nancy) Anderson and Floyd (Maxine) Codling of Sheridan, Michigan; Aunts, Faith Griffin and Harriet Schindler both of Gladwin, Rita (Larry) Hall of Hope, Michigan and Grace Anderson of Midland, Michigan; brothers-in-law, G. Keith (Beth) Hicks of The Villages, Florida and David (Cathy) Hicks of Huyton, England; former wife, Patricia Freeman of Grand Ledge, Michigan; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 11:00 am from the Smith-Miner Funeral Home 2700 W. Wackerly Rd, Midland with Rev. David Snyder of the First United Methodist Church of Gladwin officiating. Visitation for Vance will be held from 4 until 7 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home and on Wednesday from 10:00 am until time of service.Those wishing to make a donation in Vance?ÇÖs honor may wish to consider the United Way of Gladwin County, Michigan, a charity of their choice or donate blood to your local Red Cross. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com