Marion Lance Obituary (1924 – 2022) – East Moline, IL


Marion E.Lance

September 15, 1924 – February 11, 2022

COAL VALLEY-Marion E. Lance, 97, of Coal Valley, Illinois, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at her residence on Friday, February 11, 2022.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline. The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline. Interment will follow at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline, where the Moline American Legion will render military honors.

Marion E. Lance was born September 15, 1924, son of Robert & Lena (Danner) Lance in Industry, Illinois, moved to Wapello, Iowa as a child and later moved to Moline, Illinois where he resided for over 80 years old. .

Married Patricia Pierce, later divorced and had one child, Patricia Victoria “Vicky” Miller (deceased). Married Barbara Abrams Grafton in 1949 who had a daughter Sherilyn Grafton and they had two children together, Janet (Lance) Knappen (died 2008), David M. Lance (wife Bridgett). His wife Barbara died after 51 years of marriage in 2000.

Marion Lance held various jobs at Moline Shops, General Contractor and retired from Rock Island Arsenal after 32 years of employment.

Marion Lance was a member of First Christian Church, Moline for over 50 years until it closed in 2018. He joined Christ United Methodist Church, Moline, Illinois on June 2, 2019. Marion was a member of the American Legion , Moose Club, Landlords and Mississippi Valley County Western Music Association, former member of the Elks Club, Viking Club of Moline and Svithiod Club of Moline. Enjoy playing Euchre for many years at Moline and Geneseo.

Survivors include son David (Bridgett) Lance, Moline, Illinois, daughter-in-law Sherilyn (Robert) Matthews, Northport, Florida, grandchildren: Joseph (Denise) Wright, Montgomery, Texas, Tiffany Wright, Arlington, Texas , Seth Knappen, Cathedral City, CA, Megan (Andrea) Romero, Davey Lance, both of Moline, Illinois Great-grandchildren: Brandon (Kati) Wright, Amanda Wright, both of Montgomery, TX, Maya Wright, Arlington , Texas and Mateo Romero, Moline, Illinois. Great-great-grandchildren Barett Wright and Bowie Wright, both of Montgomery, Texas. Grandchildren of his daughter, Vicky Miller (deceased), Christine Miller, Joseph Miller and Scott Miller (deceased), and survived by 14 great-grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Sisters-in-law, Nola Lance and Beverly Jean Lance, several nieces and nephews and loving and caring friend Vera M. Minati.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Barbara, his brothers Richard Stanley Lance, Donald Dean Lance, his sisters Marge (Donald) Kozelski and Lila (Willis) Joiner, his daughters Patricia “Vicky” Miller, Janet Knappen, his grandsons Scott Miller and Josh Knappen. .

Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline, or the Moline Legion Honor Guard.

Online condolences can be left for the family at

Published by The Rock Island Dispatch Argus on February 13, 2022.


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