Lance Joseph Richthofen

March 9, 1982February 4, 2021

Lance Joseph Richthofen passed away on Thursday, February 04, 2021, at the age of 38. He was the beloved son of Sylvia Prestenbach Richthofen and the late James Joseph Richthofen Sr. Lance was the longtime companion of Stacy Dunnam; a true father figure to Hannah, Patricia, and Ashley; the brother of James Jr., Randy, Marshia Jimenez (Joseph), Melissa Heckard (Bobby), and Melinda; half-brother of Chris Sr., Tammy R. Stockstill and the late Peggy R. Fortner. He was a devoted uncle to Patricia, Joseph, Braylen, Brittany, Lacey, Lee-Lee, Daniel, Chris II, Travis, and the late Sam, among a host of other great nieces- and nephews. Lance will be missed dearly by those he’s left behind, especially by his loving dog Bella. He is also preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Roy Prestenbach Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Richthofen Sr. Lance worked at Southern Refinishing in Marrero for over 20 years, where he made many lifelong friends. He loved easting Sushi and watching Football, especially his New Orleans Saints. He also enjoyed playing pool, at one time being in a league with friends. Family and Friends are invited to attend a Memorial celebration in honor of Lance’s Life on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 9-10 AM, followed by a Memorial Mass at 10AM at St. Joseph’s church located at 610 Lafayette St. in Gretna. To leave any condolences or to share a memory please visit our website at


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Babet James

February 21, 2021

Hannah & Her Daddy!

mike giglio

February 17, 2021

What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget"

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal."

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace, Amen.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." John 11:25,26

Kim and Mike Giglio, Gretna La.


February 16, 2021

Lance was a sweet man. He was a part of my family for many years. A wonderful Step Daddy to my granddaughter, Hannah Showalter.
I called him Lance E Poo. I called him that for years, i don't really remember why.

Lance, i hope their are boiled rawfish in heaven 💛

Stacy Dunnam

February 16, 2021

Lance, yeaterday was your baby girl Patricia's birthday and I didnt even want to celebrate and then I thought about you and felt that you would never want her to be sad for her birthday so evem though i cried the whole way to the restaurant I sucked it up and did the best i could with a smile on my face.. We miss u so much .. My heart is so broken that it hurts to breathe. Days are not the same anymore.. Love always , Stacy

Priscilla Gallese

February 16, 2021

I spent so much time at your house Lance, taking care of your mother twice a week every week for the last 9 years or so that I feel like you guys are part of my family. You always cared for your family it was clear that you were loved by them. I am incredibly sorry for your untimely passing. I truly understand how your siblings feel since I lost my sister. I can see that your sisters looked up to you and that you are so gentle and caring with your niece. I feel very privileged to have known you and your family. So until we meet again, and maybe then you can tell me what your mother is mad at me for....,..... Sincerely Priscilla

Elizabeth "Babet" James

February 16, 2021

Lance words cannot explain how much you mean to me and the hurt in my heart right now. Thank you so very much for raising Hannah with me. She already misses you so very much and you will forever be her Daddy. I have and will forever hold you dear to my heart as you were a major part of my life for so very long. My family has and always will love you. I will be thinking of you every time I see your Daddy's Rose Bush. Rest easy my dear friend.

Braylen Jimenez

February 13, 2021

Uncle lance we miss you so much and I wish you where here so I can tell my last goodbye and i will always remember when you will get me donuts in the mornings when you and miss Stacy went to bring me to pre school love you

Marshia Jimenez

February 12, 2021

My Deer ,Little Brother ,I Was 16 when you were born . I Remember I Caught the bus across the river to dress you to go home. I enjoy all your child hood such as going to fairs, movie shows etc. When I got married you were a young boy in my wedding. As you grew into a man as we all know you didn’t talk much but every time I seen you the huge smile on your face would tell all the Appreciation and love you had for me . As my heart hunts I know you with God . Give dad a big huge and kiss for me I can be at peace knowing that you and daddy will be there for me when God takes me home. Love your ,Big Sister and Godmother .

Stacy Dunnam

February 12, 2021

Lance, we miss u so much... I was so proud of u for overcoming so much in life.. My days are not the same without u.. The girls miss u beyond belief... I would give anything just to see u again... I will get through knowing u are in heaven looking down and watching over us... Love u