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Robert Ward Nance

January 3, 1920 ~ July 25, 2017 (age 97)


Robert Ward Nance was born Jan. 3, 1920 to Ward and Nettie Nance in Morrill, Brown County, Kansas. He married Irene Leonard on June 25, 1942 in Chicago, IL.

His lifelong work was preaching the Gospel in the U.S. and Rep. of Panama.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, four siblings, two sons-in-law, one granddaughter, and one great granddaughter.

Robert is survived by his children, Marvin (Becky) Nance; Mary Porter; David (Roxie) Nance; John (Anita) Nance; Lois Osman; Tim (Susan) Nance; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

 Robert’s lifelong desire was to tell the good news of salvation through God’s Son, Jesus Christ, especially to people who had never heard.  So in 1955, Robert with his wife, Irene and their six children they moved to the Rep. of Panama, to work with the Guaymi – now called Ngobe Indian Tribe.  

As with many missionaries that work in the interior of Panama, he helped people with medical needs, helped young people get an education, and with the help of other missionaries developed a Guyami alphabet. Then with the help of bilingual Indians, translated portions of the Bible, and Bible Stories, so they could hear the Good News of Christ love, in their own language. He also held Bible School classes, and helped native workers as they returned to the mountains to tell others the Good News that Jesus Loves them.

His last four years were spent at Sugar Loaf Senior Living in Winona, MN. They were happy years, due to the wonderful care he received from the excellent Health Care Givers. He loved writing poetry and this is what he wrote about living there:

O, what bliss, to be cared for like this,

Even though I am growing old,

I’m walking on streets of gold,

It will be even better in heaven, I’m told.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI.   Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at

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