OBITUARY

Ralph Lance

September 13, 1937October 6, 2019
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Ralph E. “Buddy” Lance, 82, died October 6, 2019 in Bossier City, LA. Ralph was born September 13, 1937 in Dawsonville, GA to Ralph and Daisy Lance.

Services will begin with a Visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, followed by a Funeral at 11:30 AM, each being held at Central Assembly of God, Haughton, LA, with Rev. Ken Richmond and Rev. Jeff Gravis, presiding. He married Gretchen Lindberg on September 15, 1962. After 26 years of military life they retired in Haughton, LA.

Ralph is survived by: his wife, of 57 years, Gretchen; his children: Buddy (Jenny) Lance, of Haughton, LA, , Jimmy (Versie) Lance, of Spring Hill, TN, Corey (Angie) Lance, of Haughton, LA; his grandchildren: Wyona Lance, of Shreveport, LA, Dalton Lance, of Doyline, LA; Aly Green, of Haughton, LA, Caleb Green, of Haughton, LA, Brandi (Porter) Lewis, of Cheyenne, WY; his great grands: Bricen Lewis, Cheyenne, WY, and Trinity Lewis, of Cheyenne, WY; his sisters: Eva Jensen, of Canyon City, CO., Joyce (Joel) Harvey, of Cleveland, TN; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Ralph is preceded in death by: infant son, Baby Lance; his parents, The Reverends Daisy & Ralph Lance; brother, Grady Lance; sisters: Mary Edith Daugherty and Carolyn Trosper.

Buddy loved the Lord, reading his Bible and Sunday school lessons. He loved his family, his kids, and his grand kids. He loved to Travel, the back roads of the United States. NO INTERSTATES. He loved reading history. And if anyone knew him, they knew he loved his B-52’s and talking “Military”.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Central Assembly Church of The Cross, Haughton, LA in memory of Ralph Lance.

  • FAMILY

  • Baby Lance, Son (deceased)
  • Reverend Ralph Lance, Father (deceased)
  • Reverened Daisy Lance, Mother (deceased)
  • Grady Lance, Brother (deceased)
  • Mary Edith Daughtey, Sister (deceased)
  • Carolyn Trosper, Sister (deceased)
  • Gretchen Lindberg Lance, Wife
  • Buddy (& Jenny) Lance, Son
  • Jimmy (& Versie) Lance, Son
  • Corey (& Angie) Lance, Son
  • Wyona Lance, Grandchild
  • Dalton Lance, Grandchild
  • Aly Green, Grandchild
  • Caleb Green, Grandchild
  • Brandie (& Porter) Lewis, Grandchild
  • Bricen Lewis, Great Grandchild
  • Trinity Lewis, Great Grandchild
  • Eva Jensen, Sister
  • Joyce (& Joel) Harvey, Sister
  • Also left to cherish his memory are: numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and dear old friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, Active Bearers
  • Men's Teen Challenge, Honorary Pallbearers

Services

  • Visitation Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Funeral Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, October 14, 2019

Memories

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Melba Edwards

October 16, 2019

What good memories we will always have of Buddy and Gretchen.
Getting to know them through the 509th Bomb Wing reunions was one of the highlights of the reunions for us. Buddy will be missed by all but Gretchen will always stay in our lives and hearts.
Melba and Tommy

Ann Martin Williams

October 13, 2019

We have such precious memories. We visited you when you lived in Homer La. you came to see us before Polly died. You came to see me after he died. Gretchen, you will always be special to me

John Ashe

October 13, 2019

In Remembrance of Our Veteran Brother
Ralph E. "Buddy" Lance

We remember you, as the fallen, the one who served and gave your life in service for our freedom. Buddy "you will not be forgotten"
Your Love lives on in our hearts, we cherish the time we had with you, our memories so sweet. As always, we love you and will miss your camaraderie.
The 509th Bomb Wing Veterans Association

JAMES TRAMMELL

October 11, 2019

America has lost another great warrior, American and friend. A Strategic Air Command warrior on the B-47 and B-52 bombers he defended our freedoms. He was my friend during our times on the venerable B-47 Strato-fortress. We spent many days walking the flight line and working planes. We reunited many years later after our Air Force Careers were over, at the 509th Bomb Wing reunions. Many memories were recalled and many war stories were told. We made many reunions together and there was never a shortage of jokes and laughter. Nelda, Jimmy and I are truly saddened that we will no longer be able to see you, but we know that you are flying with the heavenly aviators now. May you fly in clear skies and smooth winds. We will miss you my friend.
Hoss


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October 11, 2019

Buddy Lance

October 11, 2019

Ted Cloud Pres/treasurer

October 11, 2019

On behalf of all members of the 509th retirement association “ Buddy we have pulled the chocks you are on your way” God speed

Angela Lance

October 11, 2019

Carroll Michaud

October 11, 2019

The Final Salute

“Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Ralph E. (Buddy) Lance our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Buddy. To Buddy it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Vietnam War while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Buddy, we commend you for your honorable military service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 781 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 177 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Buddy’s family and loved ones.

Sean Armstrong, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ranny Griffin, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

Corey Lance

October 11, 2019

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Biography

Ralph E. “Buddy” Lance, 82, died October 6, 2019 in Bossier City, LA. Ralph was born September 13, 1937 in Dawsonville, GA to Ralph and Daisy Lance.
Services will begin with a Visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, followed by a Funeral at 11:30 AM, each being held at Central Assembly of God, Haughton, LA, with Rev. Ken Richmond and Rev. Jeff Gravis, presiding.

He married Gretchen Lindberg on September 15, 1962.

After 26 years of military life they retired in Haughton, LA.

Ralph is survived by: his wife, of 57 years, Gretchen; his children: Buddy (Jenny) Lance, of Haughton, LA, , Jimmy (Versie) Lance, of Spring Hill, TN, Corey (Angie) Lance, of Haughton, LA; his grandchildren: Wyona Lance, of Shreveport, LA, Dalton Lance, of Doyline, LA; Aly Green, of Haughton, LA, Caleb Green, of Haughton, LA, Brandie (Porter) Lewis, of Cheyenne, WY; his great grands: Bricen Lewis, Cheyenne, WY, and Trinity Lewis, of Cheyenne, WY; his sisters: Eva Jensen, of Canyon City, CO., Joyce (Joel) Harvey, Chattanooga, TN; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Ralph is preceded in death by: infant son, Baby Lance; his parents, The Reverends Daisy & Ralph Lance; brother, Grady Lance; sisters: Mary Edith Daughtey and Carolyn Trosper.

Buddy love the Lord, reading his Bible and Sunday school lessons. He loved his family, his kids, and his grand kids. He loved to Travel, the back roads of the United States. NO INTERSTATES. He loved ready history. And if anyone knew him, they knew he loved his B-52’s and talking “Military”.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Central Assembly Church of The Cross, Haughton, LA in memory of Ralph Lance.