Vance's Story

EXETER - - Vance Clyde Rogers, 86, died October 7th, 2014 at Stillwater Healthcare after a long illness. He went to be with his son Richard in Heaven. He was born August 3, 1928 in Exeter, a son of Clarence and Eva (Foran) Rogers. Vance served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He married his wife Shirley (Micue) in 1956. They moved to Camden where Vance was a "jack of all trades", living on a poultry farm, painting summer homes and working as a surveyors assistant, all the time missing his country life. "You can take a man away from the country but not the country away from the man". He fixed up a little camp in 1963 and they moved back to Exeter on New Year's Day 1964. Vance worked on farms for Herbert Crawford, Fred Ray, Bert Blanchard and then for Crane Brothers for 22 years. He was happiest on his tractor plowing, planting and harvesting potatoes and farm market vegetables which he raised for stores and area peddlers. Vance loved to hunt and fish. Their son Richard was born in 1958, and in 1973 their daughter Roxanne was born. Richard thought the world of his sister and Vance and Shirley worked hard to give them both the best that they could. In 1982 their beloved son drown in a farm pond on the Cider Hill Road. It was a tragic loss.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, Vance is survived by his daughter and her husband Neil Bonneville, and 3 grandchildren, Neil, Sarah and Ashley, all of Exeter. They made his last years very happy. He is also survived by a sister, Dorothy and husband Jay MacDonald of Corinna; nieces Diane Mills and Glenda Hawthorne; nephews Alvin Hawes, Brian Mullis, Michael Rogers and David Jones.

Vance was predeceased by his brothers Alexander, Earl, Glen, Fred and Stora; and 2 sisters, Paige Jones and Mabel Hawes.

Graveside services will be held 11 A.M. Monday, October 13th, at Crowell Cemetery, Cider Hill Road, Exeter, with Pastor Stan Griffin officiating. Neil, Roxanne and Shirley welcome friends and family to their home for a time of memories and lunch following the service. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna. Donations may be made to the Stillwater Healthcare Patient Activity Fund, 335 Stillwater Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon the fields. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand."
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