Elmer J. Lance, 86, of Meadville, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Clermont Health and Rehabilitation Center in Clermont, Fla.
He was born June 4, 1926, in Beaver Falls, a son of William R. and Anna Mae Kajsca Lance. He married Martha J. Prettyman on Sept. 9, 1952, and she survives.
He was a 1944 graduate of Beaver Falls High School and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps 382nd Bomb Group, 2nd Air Force. He worked at American Breakshoe (now U.S. Bronze) in Meadville for 35 years, retiring in 1985 as a heavy floor molder.
He was a member of Stone United Methodist Church and a former member of American Legion Post 55, Clermont. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling and spending time at their winter home in Clermont.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Martha, of 60 years, include two sons, Robert W. Lance and his wife, Belinda, of Dellrose, Tenn., and Daniel J. Lance and his wife, Michele, of Meadville; two daughters, Mary Kathryn Karn and her husband, David, of Edinboro, and Barbara J. Emig and her husband, Patrick, of Saegertown; five grandchildren, Brianna Lance, Bethany Murphy and her husband, Joshua, Benjamin Lance, Deni Lance and Rachel Lance; a sister, Elizabeth R. Luce of Meadville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Katherine Ann Lance; and a sister, Joanne H. Williams.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home Inc., 581 Chestnut St., Meadville.
The funeral service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Sarah Roncolato, pastor of Stone United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment with military honors provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006 will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 505 Poplar St., Suite 310, Meadville, Pa. 16335.
Memories and condolences may be shared at waidfuneralhome.net.