Jefferson Donald Vallance, age 83,of St. Paris, OH passed away at 7:34 a.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021 in Springfield Regional Medical Center. Born on July 8, 1937 in Raceland, KY, he was the only child of the late Ellis Ishmal Vallance and Augusta (Story) Rose.
He married Marty Lynn Pilcher on April 2, 1966 and she survives. He is also survived by five children: Donald (Kim) Vallance of Mason, OH, Daniel (Kelly) Vallance of Punta Gorda, FL, Jeff (Aleesha Meyers) Vallance of Cincinnati, OH, Noel (Stacy) Vallance of St. Paris, OH, and Heather (Jeff) Kawecki of Troy, OH; and six grandchildren.
Mr. Vallance graduated in 1955 from Fairborn High School, Fairborn, OH and he served in the USMC from April 30, 1956 to April 4, 1958 and the USAF from October 1, 1961 until August 20, 1962. He then worked full time at the Air National Guard base in Springfield, OH until his retirement on June 30, 1989. Mr. Vallance enjoyed sports and had a coaching career at Graham High School where he coached girls Jr. High and High School basketball and was instrumental in starting the boys and girls soccer teams. His greatest love was conservation and he was an avid outdoorsman. He planted thousands of trees on his property. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Vallance enjoyed his monthly meetings with his classmates and his co-workers.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield Street, Saint Paris, Ohio.
A graveside committal service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Spring Grove Cemetery, 1504 N. Heck Hill Road, St. Paris, Ohio with Pastor Peter Kruse officiating.
Donations in memory of Mr. Vallance may be made to the Graham Community Foundation in C/O the Troy Foundations, 216 W. Franklin Street, Troy, Ohio 45373 or online at https://thetroyfoundation.org/donate. You may also plant a tree in his memory on the Shively Funeral Homes website, www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com.
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Graham Scholarship Foundation, c/o The Troy Foundation
216 W. Franklin Street, Troy OH 45373