|Roger Eugene Nance, 55, of Galesburg, died at 6:51 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born October 7, 1955 in Humboldt, Tenn., the son of Rogie B. and Helen Yvonne Travis Nance. He married Rhonda L. Blackburn on October 7, 1974 in Peoria, Ill. She preceded him in death on September 18, 2007.
He is survived by three children, Corinne (and Sam Holman) Nance of Abingdon, Ill., Steven (and Yolanda Nanez) Nance of Monmouth, Ill., and Jace (and Corrine Williams) Nance of Galesburg; three grandchildren, Marques, Jada, and Rylan, and one on the way; a sister, Debra (and Thomas) Nance-Calvert of Park Forest, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Willie Esters of Joliet, Ill.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that he treated as family. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sister, Shirley Nance-Esters.
Roger lived in Denver, Colo. for 21 years, where he worked for Ralston-Purina. He and his family moved to Galesburg in 1995 and he worked for NAEIR as a fork truck operator for over 10 years. He retired January 7, 2010.
Roger attended Joliet East High School in Joliet, Ill., where he was active in track, boxing, and karate. He graduated in 1974. He continued staying active with boxing and karate, as well as, horseback riding and motorcycle riding. He was of Christian faith.
He loved spending time with his family and friends and especially loved being a grandpa.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Amy Holman will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the chapel. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital for cancer research. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.