Jack W. Lance, 86, of the Green Ridge section of Scranton, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He was a devoted husband to his high school sweetheart, Charlene, and they recently celebrated 63 years of marriage on July 29.
Born April 24, 1927, he was the son of the late John Lance and Margaret Beck Lance.
Also surviving are his two sons, Jack and wife, Gloria, of Clarks Summit; and Jeff and wife, Wendy, of Stow, Mass.; as well as three grandchildren, Emily of Clarks Summit; and Kylie and Jamie of Stow, Massachusetts. Jack is also survived by his brother, William and wife, Florence of Scranton. Jack was a three-sport standout at West Scranton High School, graduating in 1945. Drafted by the Army, he deployed to Germany and Austria. While in the service he continued to play baseball and was a member of the 60th Infantry "Go Devils" that won the European Theater championship. The team was made up of several major league players. Upon discharge in 1947, Jack signed a professional baseball contract with the Philadelphia Athletics. He played in the minors for three years at various levels in North Carolina, Maryland and New York.
After his playing days concluded, Jack returned to Scranton, married Charlene and began a 33-year career with the A&P Food Stores. Along the way, Jack was a co-owner of the Roosevelt Theatre. In addition to being a devoted husband, father and grandfather, Jack devoted countless hours as a coach, volunteer and organizer of Little League, Teener League and American Legion Baseball in Green Ridge. In later years, Jack became an ASA certified umpire and enjoyed umpiring in numerous girls softball leagues. Being an avid sportsman, Jack also loved small game and deer hunting with friends and family. The recipient of numerous awards, Jack is an inductee of the Pennsylvania American Legion Hall of Fame and Scranton Area Sports Hall of Fame.
Following several major illnesses, Jack's family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses and friends that assisted him along the way.
The funeral will be Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Davies & Jones Funeral Chapel, 135 S. Main Ave., Scranton, by Rev. Arthur Davis, Pastor Asbury United Methodist Church. Interment, private. Friends may call Saturday, 3-6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to, American Legion Post 908, c/o baseball team, 625 Deacon St., Scranton, PA 18509.