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Jerry "Chief" Lee Vann
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Obituary for Jerry "Chief" Lee Vann

Jerry “Chief” Lee Vann of Hot Springs, Arkansas, age 80, went to be with the Lord on January 13, 2018. He was born May 29, 1937 in Severy, Kansas to Charles W. Vann and Rowena A. Phillips. He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers; Robert Vann Sr. (Gerrie), Bill Vann (Joyce), and Donald Vann (Peggy).

He is survived by his wife of 45 years Cretel Alice Vann and six children; Ronald L. Vann (Barbara), Jack C. Fields (Jeanne), Regina K. Vann, Teresa J. Lowry (Karl), Tracie L. Taylor (David), and Christopher A. Vann. He leaves behind many beloved family members which includes: 15 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, daughter-in-law Dawn M. Vann, and many other relatives who live in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Jerry was raised in Howard, Kansas and attended Howard High School. At age 17, he joined the Navy which allowed him to travel the world. He retired from the Navy after 20 years of service at the rank of BTC (Boilerman Chief Petty Officer). Many years later, he also retired from the Arkansas Department of Labor as a Deputy Boiler Inspector. Adapting to civilian life brought him to Henderson State University where he earned a degree in social work. Yearning for the country life landed the family in Fountain Lake, Arkansas, which at the time many considered the middle of nowhere. On his farm, he enjoyed raising horses, pigs, goats, rabbits, and chickens. His cowboy spirit loved riding horses, his tractor, and wearing his western clothes. He had an affection for buying new boots- even when he had 10 pairs. Some of his guilty pleasures were lounging in his recliner watching Andy Griffith, Football, Gun Smoke, and Old Western movies. Jerry loved eating at his favorite local restaurants, Home Plate Café and Red Lobster, who have the nicest staff. While enjoying a good game of cards, he could also play a mean game of dominoes. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and First Christian Church. His greatest joys in life were his wife Alice, his children, and their families. He always said he was the “luckiest man in the world” because he felt loved by so many family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Pallbearers include: James Driver, Tom Qualls, Corbet Deary, Karl Lowry, Nick Lowry, and Riley Fields. Honorary Pallbearers are: Dr. Mike Bodemann and Staff and National Park Medical Center Staff.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home, Hot Springs, AR.

Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Pastor Teddy Hill and Pastor Don Hubbard officiating.

Burial will follow at Crestview Cemetery.

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155 Section Line Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913





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Hot Springs, AR 71913


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