Skyler S. Vance, 35, a lifelong resident of Connersville, passed away suddenly at the home of his parents on September 13, 2021.
He was born April 1, 1986 in Richmond, the youngest of three children of Steve and Cora Vance. He was a 2004 graduate of Connersville High School. While at CHS, he was part of the Homecoming Court as a freshman. He was also a student ambassador and was able to visit Australia for two weeks as a sophomore. He also participated in football while attending CHS. Upon graduation, he went to Montana to train to be a big game guide hunter.
He loved the outdoors, especially the woods, and as he would always say, “I live to hunt.” He shot his first deer at the age of 14 and since then has had “buck fever” his entire life. October 1st became his favorite day of the year (opening day of deer season). After realizing that being out West just wasn’t for him, he returned to Connersville driving back over 2000 miles by himself.
He held different jobs, including starting out as a bagger at Kroger, then as a helper with a tree trimming service. He was so proud when he landed a job at Indiana Downs on the racetrack loading the race horses into the stalls, and he was there for several years. After that, he worked at Stants until four years ago when he became disabled.
Skyler fell deeply in love with Katina Mustin, and they married on September 18, 2015. Together, they had a son, Stephen Lee Vance, who was his pride and joy. He was able to pass down to him his love for the outdoors and hunting.
Survivors include his wife, Katina Vance; his parents, Steve and Cora Vance; his son, Stephen Lee Vance; his sister, Carla (Joey) Bean and his brother Jared (Tiffany Scott) Vance; his nephew, Logan Bean; his niece, Londyn Bean; his maternal grandmother, Ingrid Dylus who played UNO with him for hours after he became disabled; his paternal grandmother, Vera Vance; his aunt, Doris (Eric) McCombs; two uncles Robin (Cindy) Dylus and Brian (Suzanne) Dylus; numerous cousins; in-laws, Chris and Linda Mustin; brother-in-law, Christopher (Sierra) Mustin, along with their children and Addie Mustin.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Peter Dylus; his paternal grandfather, Gwinn Vance; and Katina’s grandfather, Norman Mustin.
Friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2021 with Pastor Ron Russell officiating.
Online condolences may be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.