Richard Lance
Mt. Moriah, Newcomer and Freeman Funeral Home | Mount Moriah Cemetery Sout
10507 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO
Richard "Rick" Lance, 85, Overland Park, passed away Thursday (April 21, 2016). Rick was born June 19, 1930, in Pittsburg, son of Robert Arthur and Waymith Lenor (Vermette) Lance. He graduated, as class president, of Pittsburg High School in 1948. He graduated from the University of Kansas, president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, in 1952.

While at the University of Kansas, Rick met his wife, Janice, whom he was married to for 63 years. He received a Master's degree from George Washington University in 1965. After 23 years in the Strategic Air Command, Rick retired as a Colonel in the Air Force. He had a second career with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), retiring as the National Benevolent Association President in 1996. He had 20 happy years of retirement enjoying his children and grandchildren and special time in Texas with his friends and church.

He is survived by his wife Janice (McFarland) Lance; daughters Susan Hendrix, Melissa Meng and Jana Sekulich; sister Connie Uphaus; grandchildren Ryan, Lauren, Caitlin, Tessa, Lance, Ava, Cole and Elsa; extended family and friends.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at St. Andrew Christian Church, 13890 W. 127th St., Olathe, KS 66062. Burial with full military honors is in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Overland Park. Memorial contributions may be made to North Central Christian Church, 1200 Evans Road, San Antonio, TX 78258.
Published by The Kansan on Apr. 23, 2016.
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When I first met Rick in the early 70's he was a Lt. Col in the Air Force, I believe a navigator for the Looking Glass (you in the Air Force will know what that means) any way when both Rick and my Dad, Tom Stockdale retired, They traveled to England. They got hopelessly lost and Dad turned to Rick and said "If only we had a navigator." They shared that kind of humor. Rick was compassionate, caring, kind. Rick was a friend.
Pamela Milley
April 18, 2019
My Dear Friend Rick Lance, Had a laugh that rolled and rocked the house, infectious, contagious. I was blessed to have known him, to have him pray with me when he entered hospice,to march the band and strike it up in the 70's in front of his house, to have him been apart of my life, for him to be my father's best friend.You will live forever in my memory and in my child's memory. Janice, you and Rick, I can't imagine life with out you.
April 25, 2016
Such a genuinely kind and good man who will be missed by so many. It was an honor to know him. Much love to the Lance family.
Holly Newton
April 23, 2016
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