Bill U. Vanes, 73, Brazil, died at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the emergency room of Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
Born in Brazil on September 20, 1931, his parents were John A. Vanes and Hila Urwin Vanes. He was a 1950 graduate of Van Buren High School.
In that year he began welding for Vanes Boiler Works as a fourth generation family employee. The company was recognized several years ago by then-Lt. Gov. Frank O'Bannon as one of the five oldest family-owned businesses in Indiana.
After the death of his father he assumed ownership of the firm which he operated until his health seriously failed.
Active in the Democratic Party in Brazil and Clay County, he served two terms as a city councilman in the late 1950s and early 1960s. On occasion he acted as mayor pro tempore, to represent the city on official business during the absence of the city's head officer.
He was a 50-year member of Brazil Centennial Masonic Lodge No. 541, a life-time charter member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post No. 2, and its color guard, life member of Brazil B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 762, and a member of the Brazil Moose Lodge No. 780 and the United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley J. Morlan Vanes, whom he married October 9, 1950, in Terre Haute; three sons, William R. Vanes, Indianapolis, John R. Vanes, and wife Samantha, Brazil, and Greg D. Vanes, Indianapolis; two brothers, John F. Vanes, and wife Helen, of Oregon; and Larry E. Vanes, Flora, IL; two sisters-in-law, Joan Rehl and husband Ken and Sue Houck and husband Bill, all of Brazil; three grandchildren, Gregory J. Vanes, Indianapolis; Dominique Gibson, and husband Josh, Greencaste; and John A. Vanes, Pompano Beach, FL; three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2005, in Lawson-Miller Chapel. Rev. Howard Hughes and Mr. Bill Houck will officiate and burial will be in Clearview Cemetery. Visitation is from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, and prior to services Tuesday. The Sons of the American Legion will conduct a walk through Monday evening.