Vance Edward Henkel, 77, of LaPine passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Cascade View Alzheimer‘s Unit in Bend. He was born on Oct. 28, 1933 in Bruning, Neb. to Edward and Gladys (Moore) Henkel. As a young child, his family moved to California where he spent most of his years growing up in Hoopa. There, he met and married Elizabeth A. Branham in Eureka, Calif. on April 14, 1967. In August 1967, he moved his wife and adopted daughter Ann to Oregon where he worked as a ranch hand in Fort Rock until 1968. Then he moved to Sweet Home where his son Edward was born. In 1970 he moved back to Fort Rock where he worked various jobs until 1978 at which time he moved to LaPine where he worked at various mill jobs until he retired from Crown Pacific Timber on Dec. 31, 1999. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and snowmobiling with his family and tying flies in his spare time He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Marilyn Maxine Briskey. Henkel is survived by his wife Gladys of 44 years; son and daughter-in-law Edward A. and Patricia Henkel of Christmas Valley; daughter Ann M. Tornborn of LaPine; sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Ken Hanson of McKinleyville, Calif.; grandchildren Frank E. Davila of LaPine, Pedro L. and Niki Davila of Beavercreek, Beverly C., Adam C., and Matthew E. Henkel all of Christmas Valley; brother-in-law and lifetime friend Harold Campbell Sr.; the Campbell family in Hoopa, Calif.; many close friends. A Celebration of Life for the family and friends will be held at a later date.