Lance Thatcher Howell
1942 - 2018
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Lance Thatcher Howell, age 75 of Fairview, passed away on Sunday January 21, 2018 at Costamed Hospital after becoming ill while on a vacation with his wife and friends in Cozumel, Mexico.

He was born in Erie Pa., on October 27, 1942, a son of the late Frank W. and Cynthia M. Howell.

Lance graduated in the class of 62 from Strong Vincent High School, and served in the U.S. Army.

He was the owner of Howell Communications for many years, and the Howell Company and Information Transfer Systems. He maintained a communication tower in the county. Lance had previously worked at AT&T in Erie and Waterford.

Lance was a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and he had a ham radio license. He was Past Commander of the Erie Power Squadron. Lance became a Master Mason in 1989, joining Lawrence Lodge No. 708 and presiding as its Worshipful Master in 1994. Lance was also a member of the Valley of Erie, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, presiding as Thrice Potent Master of Presque Isle Lodge of Perfection in 1995-96, Most Wise Master of Erie Chapter of Rose Croix 2004-05, and Sovereign Prince of Erie Princes of Jerusalem 2007-08. He was a Noble of Zem Zem Shrine, serving in the Knights of Mecca. Lance was also a member of the Eriez Forest No. 175, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, and Erepa Grotto, MOVPER. In the York Rite, Lance presided as Eminent Commander of Mount Olivet Commandery No. 30 in 2001. He also presided as High Priest of Temple Royal Arch Chapter No. 215 in 2007, and he presided in 2009 as Thrice Illustrious Master of Jerusalem Council No. 33, Royal and Select Master Masons in Erie. Based on his Blue Lodge and York Rite service, Lance was awarded the prestigious Knight York Cross of Honor (KYCH).

He enjoyed boating, motorcycling, and traveling, and always had a joke or a pun to share with friends and strangers alike.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers: Brian A. Howell in 1975 and David M. Howell in October, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patricia Mognet Howell; two sisters, Peggy (Lester) Vough and Carolyn Davis; three nieces, Lisa (Kenny) Brookman, Janice (Jeff) Curtis and Sharon Vough; one nephew, Brian Vough; and his mother-in-law, Edna Mognet.

Friends may call at the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 602 West 10th Street on Wednesday from 2pm until the time of the Masonic Service at 5 pm. A private burial will take place in Erie Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1645 West 8th Street, Erie PA 16505.

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Published in Erie Times-News on Jan. 28, 2018.
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9 entries
February 2, 2018
Pat, my deepest sympathies!
Roberta Spitulski
January 31, 2018
Thank you Lord for all you have given me,and for all you have taken away thru your suffering for to live in the hearts that I leave behind is not to have died at all! Farewell my brother...
Dave Runser
January 29, 2018
He was our landlord at Alfees pizza ~The gang there will sure miss his funny jokes some of them on long lists we had to stop to read but well worth it.

Lance had a great sense of humor and wit about the world that is rare anymore, with the
Ability to see the nonsense and laugh about it

May he Rest In Peace ~ we are wishing you comfort at this difficult time
Alfees pizza
Stephanie Weaver
January 29, 2018
Patty and Family, We truly enjoyed our travels with you and Lance. I specially enjoyed the trip down memory lane with him about some of the past business from Erie at our dinner together.
At least we were able to enjoy his last days with the both of you.
It is strange how friendships begin. I hope we can continue what we have started.
You have our number if you need ANYTHING! Remember we know just how you feel. Don't hesitate to call, and expect a few in prompt to visits . Love You Kevin & Ginny
Ginny & Kevin Konen
January 29, 2018
Deepest sympathy. Lance was a good man and we could always look forward to a funny pun or joke. He will be missed.
Christine McClure and Perry Baker
January 29, 2018
We are all so sorry to hear of Lance's passing. He was always a welcome guest at our business and he was always smiling and ALWAYS had a joke to share. May God bless his spirit and keep him always.

His friends at,

Johnston's Evergreen Nursery, Inc.
January 28, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Lance's passing. My husband, Dick, thought very highly of Lance. Such a loss is difficult. When Dick died in December, he sent a sympathy card to me. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Julie Walkow
January 28, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with Lance's family at this time. I first met Lance in 1963 at Penn State Behrend. We share a commonality in Amateur Radio and the Masonic Lodge. Rest in Peace my friend.
Bob Herman
January 28, 2018
So sorry for the loss of Lance. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. His sense of humor will be missed.
Jim & Jackie Tingley
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