John H. Lance Sr.
October 9, 1926 – June 3, 2019
John H. Lance, Sr, 92, of Oneonta, entered into eternal life on Monday, June 3, 2019 at home, with his wife Darlene by his side.
He was born on October 9, 1926 in Parshall Hospital, Oneonta, the son of Harry and Mary (Forte) Lance. He graduated from St. Mary’s School.
John joined the Navy when he was 18 years old and served in the South Pacific during WWII.
He was a member of the Oneonta Fire Department for 15 years, and later went into the electrical business.
In 2001, he married Darlene Pidgeon. They spent many years in Florida during the winter months.
John loved hunting, fishing, and playing golf. He was a life member of the VFW and a member of the Oneonta Elks Club. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta.
He is survived by his wife Darlene; his sons, Anthony and Todd (Peggy) Lance; his daughter Cheryl (Mike) Sovan; and a stepson, Brett Pidgeon; 11 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and 5 nephews.
Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his son, John Jr.; a daughter, Rhonda Peebles; and sisters, Bette Kennedy and Mary Nolan.
Friends are invited to greet the family on Monday, June 10, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta.
A Mass will take place on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta.
Burial will take place in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.
The family would like to thank Catskill Area Hospice for their excellent care during John’s illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
- Calling Hours Monday, June 10, 2019
- Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 11, 2019
John H. Lance Sr.
June 11, 2019
It is with a loving and sad heavy heart that we burried you today. So many of my childhood memories are of the family taking out the trailer around N.Y., R.I or wherever the next pageant would be. The long road trips to Florida or Memphis and talking with truckers along the way on the CB radio. The stories you used to tell me about your Navy days during WWll when your ship sunk and you had to tread water for hours till you were rescued to the time I tried to run away from home ( to grandma's house that is) you made sure that I was back home by he next night. The time that you had just had your eye surgery and we were over for a swim in the backyard pool and Talib fell out of his infant seat into the water. You dove quickly in to save him without stopping to think about the safety of your eye. To just last week I was conveying to a customer how you helped wire the NYS Concourse Plaza and knew exactly how many lights it actually contained. These are just a few memories of what we have left now. You are loved greatly and will be missed dearly!
Good bye PaPa.
June 9, 2019
Dad ....you were my Father my mentor and most of all my friend. I cherish the time I spent with you, weather it was in Bobby's woods ,on the shore of a lake or just enjoying a cold beer at the picnic table. Somehow ,when we were together ,you always Managed to fit in a lesson in wisdom . You were a great Father, hunter ,master electrician ,teacher provider and firefighter and in the heart of your son ,you will always be my Hero...even without the cape.
I will be here not mourn ,but to celebrate your life .The life of my father , my friend. so......here's to you Dad..... May you forever be in Gods hands .. Rest in peace.
Your loving son
June 8, 2019
As the mother of Todd and stepmother to Tony, they had many wonderful times with their dad, which included hunting and fishing, among other activities.. We also had many family outings that ncluded my girls, Yvonne and Lori. Since we were together 28 years there were many special events, birthdays and Christmases.
June 5, 2019
My condolences to the Lance family. I always loved your family and I know how much John will be missed. I used to love chatting with you and the firemen when I would walk by the firehouse. So many memories of your smiling face. God bless you John and your family. May you rest in the loving arms of the Lord.