Vince Hand was born on January 28, 1929 in Ash Flat, Arkansas, the oldest son of Willie and Vernon Hand. He passed away on June 11, 2020.
Vince moved to Wenatchee, Washington as a teenager in 1943. He married Barbara Bell on December 31, 1947, who preceded him in death on February 23, 2005. They had two sons, Greg Hand of Leola, Pennsylvania, and Brian Hand, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and one grandson. Vince and Barbara lived and worked near Multnomah Falls and Mount Hood, Oregon during their early years of marriage. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska until he was honorably discharged in 1955.
After his discharge from the Air Force, he was employed as a plant manager for Max I Walker Dry Cleaners in Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. In 1959, he and Barbara purchased a commercial laundry and drycleaning plant in Jefferson, Iowa. From 1959 to 1973, they owned and operated the drycleaners, which served all of Greene County and parts of several other counties in Iowa. In Jefferson, Vince was active in the Jaycees, Kiwanis, and as a coach of Little League baseball. In 1973, they sold the drycleaners and moved to Salem, Arkansas. He worked as a contractor and for Baxter Laboratories until his retirement.
In 2008, he moved to Wenatchee, Washington to be closer to his brothers and sisters in Washington state. He worked part-time at Wal Mart and renewed many friendships from his youth in Arkansas and Washington state. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Wenatchee. He loved to play golf until his health no longer permitted.
He had nine brothers and sisters. His sisters, Elsie, Margie, and Guyla, and his brother, Scott preceded him in death. He has two surviving brothers, Fate Hand of North Bend, Washington and Max Hand of Oroville, Washington. Three sisters survive him, Dorothy Peters of Rock Island, Washington, Mary Sue Senseney of Wenatchee, Washington, and Lola Heinrich of Billings, Montana.
Memorial arrangements are pending until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. He will be interred in Morristown Cemetery in Morristown, Arkansas next to his wife, Barbara.