AUGUSTA - Vance Mitton Wheelock II, 36, born July 8, 1972, in Augusta, died unexpectedly Nov. 23, 2008, at his home in Portland. \r\r\n\r\r\nVance was born and raised in Augusta. The family moved to Winthrop, where he graduated with honors from Winthrop High School in 1990. Vance played varsity football, baseball and downhill and cross-country skiing, and was an active alumnus. Vance attended Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in computer science and mathematics. \r\r\n\r\r\nVance was employed by USA Telephone as the chief information officer. He was a consultant for Bioanalyte and he freelanced as a Web designer and was the family computer 'help desk.' Vance co-founded the Maine Linux User Group and founded MESDA-sponsored Southern Maine Linux Users Group. He was a passionate Republican who served as the treasurer for the Portland Republican Party. Recently, he attended the National Republican Convention as an alternate delegate. \r\r\n\r\r\nVance was an outdoorsman who enjoyed kayaking, hiking, skiing, fishing and hunting. He captured these moments through video and photography. One of his greatest joys was being an uncle. He loved spending time with his nephew, Casey, whom he took on many adventures. He was excited about his newest nephew, Thaddeus, documenting his arrival and looked forward to sharing his life with him. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe was a kind, loving son and brother and was our unsung hero. He is survived by his mother, Bobbi, and father, Vance, of Winthrop; his sister, Heather W. Hyatt; brother-in-law Thaddeus K. and nephew Thaddeus W., of Pownal; his sister, Amy Berger; brother-in-law, Kurt, and nephew Casey; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. \r\r\n\r\r\nRelatives and friends are invited to visit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, at Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St., Augusta. A celebration of Vance's life will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 209 Eastern Ave., Augusta, with a reception immediately following at the church. \r\r\n\r\r\nDonations can be made to the Vance Mitton Wheelock II Scholarship Fund in care of Winthrop Area Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 55, Winthrop, ME 04364.