Jul 22, 2021 4:42 PM

Vance Retzlaff (1957 - 2021)

Posted Jul 22, 2021 4:42 PM

Vance Retzlaff, 63, of Chadron, passed away in an accident near Hemingford on Friday, July 16, 2021.

He was born September 23, 1957 in Rushville, NE to Robert and Lois (Evans) Retzlaff.

Vance was a diesel mechanic specializing in tractor repair and operated his own shop. In addition to being a talented mechanic, Vance was an avid motorcycle rider who started riding at a young age. He participated in many motocross and enduro races as a young man. He also loved the outdoors, camping and touring on his motorcycle. He is remembered as a free spirited, hardworking man who overcame many of life's toughest challenges ".

He is survived by the love of his life of over 20 years, Donna DeCoste of Chadron, his and her children, Joshua (Angie) Garner of Torrington, WY, Jarvis Garner of Gering, Maisie (Josh) Petering of Alliance, Danielle (Ionon) Kathol and Joshua (Paula) Kathol of Chadron, his grandchildren, Nakisha Garner, Gavin Garner, Nakalyn Garner, Zoee Knaub, Jazlyn Garner, Madeline Garner, Josie Petering, Max Petering, Garner Petering, Marika Petering, Jsean Lamb, Devon Youngman, Makaelyn Youngman, Jerome Kathol and Astro Harris and his great-grandchildren, Tavin and Asher. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary (Ron) Shedeed of Clinton, Marla (Pat) DeMars of Spokane, WA and his brother, Verlin (Lori) Retzlaff of Chadron.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com with Bates-Gould Funeral Home assisting the family with arrangements.