John H. Lance Sr.


ONEONTA - 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 Oct. 9, 1926 in Parshall Hospital, Oneonta, the son of Harry and Mary (Forte) Lance. He graduated from St. Mary's School.
John joined the U.S. Navy when he was 18 years old and served in the South Pacific during World War II.
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; two great-grandchildren; and five nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son, John Jr.; a daughter, Rhonda Peebles; and sisters Bette Kennedy and Mary Nolan.
Friends are invited to greet the family from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta.
A Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 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
Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on June 7, 2019
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John H. Higgins
Jun 08, 2019
I always enjoyed time spent with John when and after I was a member of the OFD. He was always upbeat and a good fireman. So sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy goes out to his family.