CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Herbert Nance, 85, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at the Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
He was born Feb. 23, 1927, in Bell City, to John H. and Stella Pryor Nance.
He and Virginia Watkins were married Sept. 1, 1951, in Cape Girardeau.
Herb began his career in the military by enlisting in the army out of high school where he served his county bravely during World War II. After being honorably discharged, Herb joined the Air Force where he ended his career. For many years Herb worked as a construction superintendent for Ray Clinton in Sikeston before retiring. Herb worked at Central Hardware, and then founded Ourco Flag Company where he earned the nickname of "the flagman" throughout Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana. He was heavily involved in both the VFW and the American Legion where for a period of time he was commander of both. Herb was a member of the Elks, Eagles and the Disabled American Veterans. He was an avid baseball fan and loved watching his grandsons play sports. Herb was instrumental in helping with Freedom Corner and refurbishing the Cape rock site. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
Survivors include: a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Alan Keenan of Sikeston; two grandsons, Jonathan Keenan of Sikeston and Scott Keenan of St. Louis; one nephew and his wife Gary and Judy Danback; and one niece and her husband, Carlyn and Russell Knight.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.
Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Ford & Sons Mount Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, with the Rev. Geoff Posegate officiating.
Burial will follow at Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.
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may be given to:
Missouri Veterans Home
2400 Memorial Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703