William D. Lance

William D. Lance, West Scranton, passed away peacefully on Feb. 17 in the Allied Services Hospice Center, with his family by his side.  His loving wife of 65 years is the former Florence H. Mickiewicz.

Born in 1931 in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Margaret Beck Lance, and graduated from West Scranton High School, class of 1949. Bill was a devoted and lifelong member of the Jackson Street Baptist Church,where he previously served as trustee. He had been employed by A&P Food Stores and Gerrity’s Supermarkets prior to his retirement. 

Bill was a proud United States Navy veteran, serving on the USS Newport News during the Korean Conflict. He loved baseball, especially his NY Yankees, and briefly played professionally. He enjoyed coaching his sons at Sloan Little League. He loved spending time with his family, including the many hours spent supporting his children and grandchildren at their various events. Bill also served as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, Troop 4, and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed many days hunting and spending time in the woods with his beagles.

Bill is survived by his sons, William, and his wife Mary; Alan, and his wife Rebecca; his beloved grandchildren, Bryan Lance and his wife, Diana; Maura Lance; Sarah Aleksandrowicz and her husband, Michael; Courtney Lance and her companion, Fernando Quintanar; and Kegan Lance; great-grandchildren, Anna and Bryson Lance; Micayla, Michael and Macie Aleksandrowicz; and Eli and Gabriella Quintanar;  nephews, Jack and Jeffrey Lance.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Jack Lance.

Bill’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Allied Services Hospice Center for the compassionate care they provided during his final days.

The family respectfully asks that all in attendance please wear facial coverings.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. in the Jackson Street Baptist Church, 1206 Jackson Street, Scranton, PA 18504 by Rev. Dr. Elliott Cooke, pastor and Rev. John Conforti, pastor’s assistant. Friends may call Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of service in the church. Interment with military honors in Cathedral Cemetery to follow.


  1. Delbert "Bert" James

    Bill and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your Dad from down at Sloan. He was such a nice guy. Stay strong and treasure the memories.

  2. Joe McDonald


    I’m very sorry about the loss of your Dad.

  3. The Rev. Canon William T Warne II

    Fran and I were deeply saddened to learn of Bill’s death; we always enjoyed his and Florence’s company when they would visit at Lake Winola or on other family occasions. We pray that all his family and loved ones will know the consolation of God’s never-ending mercy and love as they grieve his loss. May Bill rest in eternal peace in God’s presence and may the Peace of the Lord be with all.

  4. Patricia Goble

    I am so sorry for your loss of your father and grandfather

  5. Sharon Ebert

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family for peace and strength during this difficult time.

  6. Mike Rzucidlo

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    kathy and mike

  7. John Strasburger

    With sympathy & prayers for the Lance Family in the loss of Bill. Such a great man & perfect gentleman.
    Sincere Condolences,
    John Strasburger ( The Barber)

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