Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Rich Vance (#47818065)
 member for 2 years, 11 months, 1 day
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
Bio Photo

I'm originally from Ripley in western New York state. My Vance, Maguire, Messenger and Wright ancestors were from McKean and Warren Counties, PA. My Hopkins, Alday, Rater and Getchell ancestors were from Erie County, PA and Chautauqua County, NY.
I retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1993 after
a 22-year career and now reside in Las Vegas.

My Father: Harold Paul Vance
Step-Dad: Arthur James 'Jim' Tustin
Grandpa: Lamont C 'Monty' Vance
Grandma: Genevieve Martha Getchell Vance
Grandpa: Lee Bloss Hopkins
Grandma: Iva Jane Alday Hopkins
Great-Grandma who made it to 100 years:
Nettie Belle Rater Alday

My Profile page in the Find-A-Grave Forums: Lost_Wages

For transfers of memorials I manage,
FIRST please read the FAQs here: Transfers
Then click on the EDIT tab at the top right corner of the memorial and then click
"Suggest any other correction or addition".

For corrections/additional facts for a memorial,
see here: Corrections
Then click on the EDIT tab at the top right corner of the memorial. Recent changes make it a lot easier to make edits to Dates/Places, Family Links, Name, Plot/GPS location, and Marker Transcription. For Bio info or to notify me of a duplicate, you still need to click "Suggest any other correction or addition".
Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 2,503 Memorials Added
 • 2,404 Memorials Managed
 • 16 Memorials/Week
 • 686 Photos
 • 4 Photo Requests
 • 11 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 10,622 Virtual Flowers
 • 11 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 23 Fame Ratings
 • 51 Sponsorships
 • 17 Friends
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
Alday-Rater (47)
Gatchel/Getchell (47)
Hopkins-Drake (47)
Loomis-Wright-Maguire-Mes... (23)
Vance-Tustin (53)
Vets-Grahamville/Lowville... (26)
Vets-Greenfield/Hornby/Ri... (15)
Vets-North East (81)
Vets-St. Gregory (92)
_Las Vegas (3)
[View all Virtual Cemeteries...]
Find A Grave Friends
CABrown, Carole F. Blake..., Diane Rawa Bron..., Dolores Davidso..., Don Bennett, Dottie Kunselma..., E., Edie, Emery Metzler, Erice Wilcox, glenda (contrib..., John (Jack) War..., Kathy Sloan, Sandra Walczak, Scott Coyle, Sue Mueller, Ted K
Messages left for Rich Vance (229)[Leave Message]
Robin Slater Boyd
Hi Rich
Is there a SAFE way to clean briefly some of the headstones that are really bad before taking pictures. I've google it the ideas I've come across would be deep cleaning :( I just want to make them more readable for others. Guess if nothing else I will take a soft brush to clean some up a bit. Thanks Robin Slater Boyd
Added by Robin Slater Boyd on Apr 17, 2015 5:57 PM
Sarah Lane
Grace P Kitchen - deletion of memorial
Hi Rich.
I just found your request in my emails to delete my duplicate memorial for Grace P Kitchen and upload my photo to her original memorial. Thanks for the catch. All taken care of.
Sarah Lane
Added by Sarah Lane on Apr 16, 2015 2:03 PM
No thks for the help....thks again...
Added by NEVER EVER FORGET...... on Apr 03, 2015 8:11 PM
Rev. Dr. Mary
Fr Arthur Cope
Thank you for the transfer of FR. Arthur Cope.
Added by Rev. Dr. Mary on Apr 03, 2015 7:09 PM
I did that edit you sent for Almon, Do you know anything else about him? was just curious if you knew who his parents were?? I found this little path of grass off of I-95 where these 9 graves were, was surprised that they did not have memorials.....any info would be helpful...Thks for the info...
Added by NEVER EVER FORGET...... on Apr 02, 2015 11:09 AM
Jean Stewart
RE: Ralph L. Graham in North East
Sure thing, just cleaning up a bit here and there. Would be glad to transfer Truman if he's in your line. Edna is my 2nd Great Aunt.
Added by Jean Stewart on Mar 30, 2015 9:19 AM
Gridley/Oak Grove
Received and reviewed your note regarding Lucius Gridley at Oak Grove Cemetery.I went ahead and removed the links to that memorial since there are already parental links to his Find A Grave memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
If you have any questions please let me know.


Added by Treeclimber on Mar 27, 2015 9:18 AM
Hee Hee Hee ;-)edie
The Spring weather made me do it!
Added by Edie on Mar 24, 2015 4:59 AM
Stephanie [Johnson] Ingram
William T. Green
I thought that was you...I remember meeting your when we were up there for my grandfather's funeral. Thanks again for the transfer!!

Added by Stephanie [Johnson] Ingra... on Mar 23, 2015 1:25 PM
Stephanie [Johnson] Ingram
William T. Green #143738020
Can you please transfer management of my great uncle, William Green?

Also, are you related to Patti Vance Post? She's married to my mom's brother, Gary Post.


Stephanie Johnson Ingram
Added by Stephanie [Johnson] Ingra... on Mar 23, 2015 10:55 AM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service