THE EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY IS MOURNING THE LOSS OF A PROMINENT BUSINESSMAN TODAY.
KEN VANCE FOUNDED KEN VANCE MOTORS MORE THAN 35 YEARS AGO.
VANCE MOTORS HAS DEALERSHIPS IN EAU CLAIRE SERVING THE AUDI, HONDA, HYUNDAI, AND VOLKSWAGEN BRANDS.
ACCORDING TO THOSE WE SPOKE WITH TODAY – KEN VANCE WAS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE CHIPPEWA VALLEY BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND A VITAL PART OF EAU CLAIRE FOR ALMOST FOUR DECADES.
EAU CLAIRE CHAMBER PRESIDENT AND CEO DAVE MINOR SAYS VANCE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE HE MET IN THE CHIPPEWA VALLEY AND THAT WITHIN THE FIRST FEW MOMENTS OF MEETING HIM – HE KNEW WAS A SPECIAL PERSON.
AMY WOLFE – DAUGHTER OF JERRY SALTER – WHO OWNS TRUBILT COLLISON CENTER – SAYS KEN VANCE HELPED HER FATHER BECOME THE PERSON HE IS TODAY.
I do have to admit i am stepping in for my father, who so wanted to be here but is out of the county, so i hope i can do his words justice… I can’t count the times my dad expressed how much Ken served as a 2nd father figure to him which, means a lot because he’s taught me how to be a parent now taking what he’s learned from Ken. I feel really proud that my dad had that in Ken.
he’s going to leave a mark on this community that is going to be hard to fill, people will never forget who he was. like i said, bottom line, from day one, ken was a man who cared about his family, his community and did anything and everything he could to make it a better place for everyone else.
KEN VANCE PASSED AWAY FRIDAY MORNING SURROUNDED BY FAMILY IN FLORIDA.
HE WAS 79 YEARS OLD.