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John Hardin Chance

1937 — February 12, 2021

JOHN H. “JACK” CHANCE John H. “Jack” Chance, 83, Columbia, MO passed away Friday, February 12, 2021 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO. He was born November 30, 1937 the son of the late F. Gano and Anna Lee (Toalson) Chance. On January 30, 1976 he was united in marriage to Linda (Barto) Chance. In addition to his wife Linda of 45 years, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by three sons Brad Grannis and his wife Lisa of Phoenix, AZ, Tony Chance and his wife Colleen of St. Albans, MO and Garry Chance of Columbia, MO; one daughter Shannon Grannis and Mark Hatcher of Capitola, CA; seven grandchildren Nick Grannis, Liz Grannis, Anthony Chance, Jackson Chance, Ella Chance, Alexa Westlake and Sher Westlake; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, one brother Phil Chance preceded him in death. Jack graduated from Centralia High School and served his country in the United States Navy. He owned and operated A.B. Chance Co. with his family in Centralia, MO for many years. Later he was instrumental with the Chance Foundation which helped to support the Centralia Battlefield site. Jack was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Kiwanis, Centralia Jaycees and Students of Free Enterprise. He was awarded and Honorary Doctorate from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, MO. He was instrumental in constructing and promoting the Centralia Battlefield site and he loved golf and most of all spending time with his family and grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Saturday. February 20, 2021 at the Oliver Funeral Home in Centralia, MO. Interment will be in the Chance Mausoleum in the Centralia City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until service time on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the Oliver Funeral Home in Centralia, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Centralia Battlefield, c/o Oliver Funeral Home, P.O. Box 125, Centralia, MO 65240. Condolences may also be made to the family at

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