Vance LeRoy Blue
Jun 9, 1935 – Jun 2, 2017
Vance Blue, age 81, went home to be with the Lord on June 2, with his daughter by his side. His 8 year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease is over.
Vance was born on June 9th, 1935 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was raised there by his parents Lee and Lenore Blue. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (class of 1953) and continued his education at Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering (1957). During this time he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Lebeda, and had a son, Randy. After graduation Vance served in the Army as a 1st Lieutenant in Fulda, Germany for 4 years where his daughter Sheri was born. Vance then returned to Cedar Rapids where be began a career with Square D Company that spanned 30 years and many moves, working his way up to plant manager until his retirement.
Vance spent his retirement visiting his children and grandchildren with his wife Ruth, ultimately settling in the Seattle area where he lived for the past 22 years. He is survived by his children Randy (Damita) Blue, and Sheri (Alan) Barronian and 6 grandchildren, Cody and Sumner Blue and Trevor, Payton, Abigail and Seth Barronian. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, (Diana Cecil) and his wife.
Vance had a mile wide smile and a heart for Jesus that will be greatly missed by all of us. He came to a personal relationship with Christ later in life and made up for lost time by studying the Bible for 9 years with Bible Study Fellowship. We know with certainty that he is resting in peace in the arms of Jesus, his personal Lord and Savior.
My Dear loved ones,
These words I wish to say.
I’m home up here in Heaven
And here is where I’ll stay.
My pain and struggle is over;
I’ll rest in peace today.
Although I know you’ll grieve for me,
Be strong, it’s going to be O.K.
I’m in my eternal home
Where there’s everlasting light.
I’m in the arms of loved ones,
Holding me so tight.
Please try to carry on your life
With me inside your heart.
Someday you’ll be rewarded
And we’ll never have to part.
I’m glad we had so many years
Together you and I.
You filled my life with happiness
And gave me wings to fly.
Just keep your faith; believe my words,
You’ll see the morning light.
And know that I am with you
Every morning, noon and night.
Author – Ruth Ann Mahaffey
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