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LeRoy "Lee" Joel Vance, 51

LeRoy "Lee" Joel Vance, 51, of Laporte died Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids.

He was born July 3, 1956 in Bemidji to Victor Melford and Lilian Pauline (Almly) Vance. He grew up and attended school in Laporte. He served in active duty in the US Army before transferring into the Minnesota National Guard, Bemidji unit. He lived in Laporte and worked at the Northern Lights Casino in Walker as a maintenance engineer.

He was a member of the American Legion Post of Walker.

He is survived by his fiance, Carol Bruun of Laporte; sister, Bonnie Firnstahl of Inver Grove Heights; two half sisters, Sue Pierce and Jan (Jerry) Koski, both of Hibbing; son, Dereck; and a grandson.

He was preceded in death by a nephew and brother-in-law.

Visitation: One hour prior to the service.

Memorial service: 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Laporte with Rev. Warren Broughton officiating.

Inurnment: Lakeport Cemetery in Laporte.

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