The Obit For Vance Kidwell

Vance Kidwell
October 15, 2012 2:00 am

Donnellson - Vance Kidwell, age 94 of rural Donnellson, passed away 10:15 a.m. Thursday, October 11, 2012 in his home surrounded by his wife, son and family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday October 17, 2012 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Interment will be in Tower Hill Cemetery with Military Honors. For those who desire memorials may be made to the Reno-Bethel Presbyterian Church or the Simple Room.

D. Vance Kidwell, the son of Harry Alonzo Kidwell and Clara Grace Baxter Kidwell, was born on February 25, 1918 in Ohlman, Illinois. In his youth he attended 9 different schools and graduated from Tower Hill High School in 1935.

Vance played minor league baseball in his late teens in the Cincinnati Reds Organization, once competed against the New York Yankees in a spring training exhibition game in 1937.

He worked in Chicago for Miller Wrapping and Sealing Machine Company in the engineering department from 1939-1953.

Vance answered his country’s call by joining the United States Army on February 3, 1942 at Camp Grant. He rose to the rank of staff sergeant and was in many battles including the Battle of the Bulge, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe, Algeria, French Moroccan, Sicilian, Normandy and Northern France. He was in the first American Division to go into Berlin. Vance was awarded several medals including the Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 1 silver and 2 Bronze Battle Stars, and 5 overseas Service Bars. He was honorably discharged on July 8, 1945 at Fort Sheridan.

Vance and Marian J. Huffer were united in marriage in Oak Park, Illinois on December 17, 1941 and have enjoyed over 70 years together. She survives as does their son David A. Kidwell, his wife Deborah of Charleston, Illinois and two grandchildren Lauren, of Chicago and Brian, of Fairfax, Va.

After returning from overseas he and Marian returned to Chicago. In 1953 they purchased the farm in Bond County and he farmed there until 1982. Vance was a fine wood working carpenter and draftsman and in his cabinet shop he worked over 27,000 hours designing over 800 houses located in 60 towns in four states. He made many wonderful keepsakes in his cabinet shop, many from the walnut in his shop.

Vance is a member of the V.F.W. Post 1377 of Greenville.