Henry Shelden Vance Jr.
Tuesday 17th of November 1942 - Saturday 14th of March 2020
159 North Broadway, Lexington, KY
Private Funeral Service
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
533 E. Main St., Lexington, KY
833 W. Main St., Lexington, KY
Henry Shelden Vance, Jr., 77, of Lexington, KY, died on March 14, 2020. He was born in Lexington on November 17, 1942 to the late Henry S. Vance and Alice Caskey Lang Vance. He was the grandson of the late Helen Shelden Vance and Charles A. Vance, MD, and Leannah Caskey Lang, William E. Lang and Rebecca Sistrunk Lang.
He is survived by two wonderful daughters, Elizabeth Vance (Steve) Shipley and Alice Vance (Lucian) Dearborn, whom he loved with all his heart and soul; his grandchildren, Van “Ranse” R. (Sophie) Jenkins IV, Miranda W. Jenkins, John Duncan Jenkins, Taylor A. Dearborn, R. Lucian Dearborn, and Cecilia Jane Dearborn; a step-granddaughter Samantha S. (Brian) Leonard; a step-grandson Jason S. (Camille) Deering; and great-grandchildren, Henry O’Leary Jenkins; Jackson D. Leonard; Alexandria and Dexter Deering.
He is also survived by cousins, Kathrine Vance (Lisle) Dalton of Lexington, Archibald “Tuck” W. Hamilton V of Georgetown, George G. Hamilton of Winchester, Leannah H. (Bruce) Leslie of Ashland, William L. (Denni) Hamilton of Georgetown, and numerous other cousins. And, Henry appreciated his numerous friends who encouraged and supported him, especially his most particular and very closest friend of many years William L. Turnbull.
In addition, we would like to acknowledge and thank those who supported him: Tony Dehner, Bekki Turnbull, Kathy and Lisle Dalton, Lucian Dearborn, Steve Shipley, Betty and Henry Nickels, and Liddy Johnson.
He was educated at Bryan Station High School, Westminster College of Fulton, MO, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, Transylvania Univ., and the Univ. of Kentucky.
He was a former insurance agent with Vance Ins. Agency and Tom Porter Ins. Agency. He served Gov. Julian Carroll as his Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Assistant. He was House of Representative Speaker Bobby H. Richardson’s Chief of Staff. Henry always considered working with his very good friends, Julian and Bobby, to have been the most rewarding and fulfilling time in his career. He was a lifelong, passionate KY Democrat or as he was fond of stating he was a “yellow dog” Democrat. He was a regional coordinator for Tobacco Quota Guaranty during the quota buyout. Following that, he was property manager for T-G Enterprises, Inc. Also, he was president of LexCo Enterprises, Inc. Henry was a co-founder, with Attorney General Robert Matthews and his very close friend Sen Lacey Smith, of the KY Youth Development Foundation, and for many years a member of the board of directors.
He was a Life Member of the Keeneland Club, a member of the KY Civil War Round Table, a member of Kentucky Historical Society, a member of the Blue Grass Trust, a member of the UK Alumni Assoc., a former member of the Lexington Polo Club, and a former member of the Frankfort Country Club.
Henry was a life-long member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and also attended Christ Church Cathedral.
All services private. The visitation that was planned for Wednesday evening at Milward-Broadway will no longer occur.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Good Shepherd or Christ Church Cathedral.
My sincere condolences to Henry's family. Although Henry and I only had a business relationship, I called him a friend. When he came to see me, he was always friendly and courteous even though life had thrown him several curve balls. I always admired that in him. I will certainly miss him. Prayers to all others that will miss him.
Dear Elizabeth, Alice and all your family, We are all so sorry we can not be with you during this time. Henry was always so fun to chat with and I will miss the stories about our families when he was growing up. You both are beautiful and he was very lucky to have both in his life. May he rest in peace. Love always, Margaret, Kenny, MacKenzie & Adam
Sandi T. Morrissays
I worked with Henry for about 10 years and was always so very fond of him! My deepest sympathy to his family!
Dear Alice, I’m sorry you lost your father, and at such a time that you can’t have a visitation that many people would’ve attended. Please accept my condolences.
W. Gay Readingsays
Just learned of the death of Henry, one of my oldest friends. I will miss seeing him at the Cathedral and with friends. My sincerest sympathy.
Thinking of you and your family! He gave us two outstanding young ladies! Lovely girls, inside and out!