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Richard Leon ‘R.L.’ Nance, 97, Navy veteran who served during World War II

Richard Leon ‘R.L.’ Nance

Richard Leon “R.L.” Nance passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020, at the home of his son, Michael Nance, where he resided for the last four years.

A veteran of World War II and Korea, he retired from the U.S. Navy in 1964. He served on the heavy cruiser, Baltimore, helping to put it into commission and serving on her until the end of the war.

He married the love of his life, Nancy Caroline Ellison, in 1950. She preceded his death by 10 years. His daughter, Bonnie Pryor, also passed away before him.

He is survived by his sons, Michael and Jeff Nance; along with three granddaughters, Molly, Caroline and Sally; and two great-granddaughters, Blake and Charley. He was liked and respected by many people. “I never heard a bad word spoken about Mr. Nance. He will be missed.”

Share online condolences with the family at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

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