Former Kansas Christian Home CEO Richard 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.
In Newton, Lance worked at KCH in the 1980s, and the complex has a street, Lance Drive, named for him. He was a member of the Axtell Hospital Centennial Board of Trustees in 1987 when Axtell and Bethel Hospitals established Newton Medical Center.
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; and extended family and friends.