Lance was born at Punxsutawney, Penn. in 1956. He attended school in that state and moved with his family to Colorado in 1973. In 1982 he moved to Montana, to the place that he loved for the remainder of his life. He loved the great outdoors and enjoyed a full life of hunting. He was a very avid archer and won numerous awards in archery competition. He was also a great archery hunter and took a bull elk with the bow nearly every year. In addition to archery, Lance was also great with the traditional muzzle loader and harvested much game with it, as well as winning several state shooting awards
Lance loved dogs very much, and one of his greatest joys was to walk in the woods with his mastiff, Cowboy.
As much as Lance loved these things, his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He would have given anything to be with those that he loved. He had experienced pain and suffering as well as joy which molded his life. He suffered the loss of his mother in 1995. His family was torn apart because of religious turmoil, the results of which would have ruined many men. Yet Lance was able to battle through it and keep those closest to him.
Lance met the love of his life. Marilyn, in 1995. They married shortly after and were united in matrimony until his passing. Together they raised Lance’s sons, Nate and Jake to be fine men and welcomed and accepted all members of their united families. Marilyn's family included her children, Sheri, Lisa, and Richard and their spouses and children. The apple of Lance’s eye were his grandchildren, Ada, Damon, and Charleigh. Marilyn and Lance were a wonderful couple and were looking forward to their retirement from the United States Antimony Corporation, where they both worked for many years.
Lance was a great man and will be sorely missed by those who knew him.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at the Thompson Falls Community Center.