Obituary Bob Hance


Robert (Bob) Lee Hance

August 19, 2016


Robert (Bob) Lee Hance passed away on August 19, 2016 in Casper, Wyoming at Wyoming Medical Center he was surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. Bob was born on May 2, 1943 in Oak Park, Illinois to Floyd and Mary Irene (LeBold) Hance. He was the 2nd of 3 sons. At the age of 8, Bob moved with his family to Compton California, where he grew up.

Bob was never afraid to work even as a teenager in California he worked two jobs. He helped his parents with their finances and helped to raise and support his younger brother.

In October of 1968 he met the woman who became the love of his life, Janice Mower. Though Bob had two previous failed marriages the saying held true of 3rd times a charm. Janice and Bob were married a few months later, March 8th, 1969. A marriage that would survive their vows of richer or poorer, sickness and health, good times and bad times. Together they survived and lived happily for 47 and a half years together. During those 47 and ½ years they raised 4 children, helped with 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Bob always was on the go he worked 3 jobs when his children were young, when the asbestos finally got to him and he retired in 1990, he didn't slow down he immediately became a volunteer at The Victims of Violence Center (crisis center) where he helped many many women and men through difficult times, he also delivered meals on wheels, and spent endless hours at the Worland Eagles helping with dinners, luncheons and count money and keep books. When asked why he volunteered roughly 60 hours a week, he said because life was about giving not taking. He once quoted “those who have the least give the most, those who have everything generally give nothing” This held true as Bob and Jan helped countless people and would give their last dollar to someone that needed it. Bob was always proud of the family he was given and loved to be around them as much as possible.

Bob was a member for quite a few years of the Elks, Worland Odd fellows, Sons Of The American Legion, He was most proud of his 47 years of commitment to the Worland Eagles where he was Past President, and a Golden Eagle. Besides countless hours of volunteering, Bob loved to gamble, play bingo, and hang out with his grandchildren.

Bobs biggest honor came in April of 2009 when he found out his daughter nominated him for the Jefferson award, a national volunteer award and that he was one of 4 finalists for the state of Wyoming. Thinking that others deserved the honor he never expected to win, but he did. Jan and Bob traveled that June to Washington DC where he represented the State of Wyoming and spoke in front of hundreds of people. He spent a year representing the state and being honored by different places he volunteered for, countless TV interviews and pictures in the paper. He after years of endless tiring volunteering was finally honored. He was never so happy as that year. mostly because it showed his grandchildren that doing for others was more important then doing for yourself.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother in-law Nathaniel Don and Irene Mower, his eldest son, Russell Lee Hance, his sister in-law Bonnie Ruffing, and his nephew Raymond Lee Hance.

Bob is survived by, His wife, Janice, daughter Terri (Rod) Spearman of River ton, daughter Robyn of Ten Sleep, son David of Worland. Brothers, Floyd (Arlene) Hance of Aurora, CO, and Mike Hance of Long Beach, CA, Grandchildren Chelsie, Kayla, Chase, Daimion, Shelbi, Christian, and Zachary. Great grandchildren Colbie, Carmen, and Epiq.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 24th from 7pm to 8pm at Bryant Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at Bryant Funeral Home on Thursday, August 25th at 2 pm with a dinner at the Worland Eagles immediately following the burial at the cemetery.

Donations can be made directly to the family or in care of Bryant Funeral Home to help defray cost of bobs medical and other expenses. Online condolences at