He was born on July 16, 1924, in Parsons to William Bloomer and Mildred Nadine (Geisenhoner) Nance. He graduated from Parsons High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He witnessed the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima and was stationed in the Subic Bay when the treaty ending WWII was signed.
On June 7, 1946, he married Wilma June DeMoss in Parsons. She survives of the home. They lived in Parsons, Ohio and Missouri from 1947 until 1958, when Art was employed by Swift and Co. For two years, they lived in Mount Ayr, Iowa, and in 1960 moved to Kansas City, Mo., while he was employed by the Monarch Egg Corp. He retired in 1986 and returned to Parsons in 1989.
Art was a member of First Christian Church of Parsons and the Parsons Amateur Woodworking Society (PAWS).
Survivors include his wife, June Nance of the home; two sons, Raymond Nance and his wife, Nancy, of Corsicana, Texas, and Donald Nance and his wife, Cathy, of Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Jean Marie Malmberg and her husband, Hal, of Columbia, Mo., and Kathy Ann Clark and her husband, Steve, of Aurora, Ohio; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Nance and his wife, Sandy, of McCune and Robert Nance and his wife, Patty, of Galesburg; and two sisters, Sara Joplin of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Mary Ann Burris and her husband, Lonnie Beggs of Oklahoma.
Preceding him in death were two brothers and a sister.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons with military honors. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Labette Health Foundation and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.