Vance Edwin Shearer
Dr. Vance E. Shearer, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016.Visitation: 6-8 p.m Monday, March 28, and Memorial Service: 10:00 am Tuesday, March 29 will be held at Wade Funeral Home in Arlington TX . Burial with honors Tuesday, March 29 at 12:30pm at DFW National Cemetery. Memorials: St. Jude Hospital, SPCA, or A.H. “Buddy” Giesecke, Jr., M.D. Fund in Anesthesiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391. Vance was born March 10, 1947, to the late Clarence and Florence Shearer in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 where he became Chief Warrant Officer 2 in aviation. Vance served 1 tour in Vietnam from 1967-1968 as a helicopter pilot earning many honors and medals including: Purple Heart, Air Medal with 28 Oak Leaf Clusters two awarded for Valor, National Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal. Following his tour in Vietnam, Vance service as a flight instructor at Fort Wolters. In December 1969, Vance was honorably discharge from the U.S. Army and began his service as an agent for the U.S. Secret Service at the White House. Vance worked for the Dallas Police Department from1972-1982 were he served as helicopter officer and later a beat cop in West Dallas. Vance graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School in 1985 with a degree in medicine. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at Parkland Hospital. Vance worked for UT Southwestern Medical Center for over 19 years as anesthesiologist were he served as the Director of Trauma Anesthesia at Parkland Hospital and retired as a full professor of anesthesiology. On July 19, 1991, Vance married Terri L. Moore. Vance enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Vance's favorite activity was cooking. Vance cooked many delicious meals for his family and friends on the holidays as well as for his hospital crew. Vance was a member of the Vinh Long Outlaws and Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. Vance died as he had lived faithful servant to his God, his family, his community and his country. Survivors: Loving wife of 24 years, Terri; daughter Carin Shearer and fiancé Will Hood; son Alex Shearer and fiancé Laura Slavick, daughter Alexis Shearer, and granddaughter Jacqueline Faye Hood; brothers Mark and Tom Shearer; and sisters Clarice Schweppenheiser and Susan Heal.

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  1. Dear Carin,
    You have shown an immense amount of courage since the last couple of years as you took care of your Dad while working on your doctoral degree and your full-time job. Yet you did good on all the fronts. I know that this loss is very hard to bear but all who come to earth have to leave one day. You know that he lived a good life and was loved by so many. That is the biggest tribute of all. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love and hugs to you.

  2. To my best friend and wonderful husband, I have talk to you everyday since you have passed on to a better place, but I still want you here. I’m trying not to be selfish, but sometimes it’s hard. You were my best friend and husband and father. I will miss you everyday and hope that I can continue to make you proud. This is the hardest thing I will ever have to do , but I know you will be here with me. Good night, sweet dreams, God bless you, and I love you. I will miss saying this to you every night. Love you sweetie.

  3. what an honor to cross paths in the parkland trenches for many years. your impact and influence on me both personally and professionally is so profound that i, WE, will always carry you in our collective DNA. You were the ultimate go-to guy vance. we trusted and believed in you so very much. as one of us recently told me, it is truly the end of an era. Rest in peace our true brother in arms on the parkland front, the ultimate warrior on and off the battlefield. i thank you from the depths of my heart for what you gave to me for what will forever stay with me! to be honest you are one soldier who will never fade away for you will always be with me, with US! Godspeed Dr. Vance Shearer!

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Vance’s passing. I sat behind him everyday for the first two years of medical school. There were lots of stories and lots of laughs. I have thought of him often over the years. My sympathy goes out to Vance’s wife and children. God Bless Him.

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