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Len “Lenny” Del Lance

May 25, 1964 ~ July 21, 2021 (age 57)

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Len Del “Lenny” Lance, age 57, of Arnold, Missouri. formerly of Athens, Tennessee, and Salem, Illinois, passed away at 7:38 A.M. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Arnold, Missouri.  He was born on May 25, 1964, in Centralia, Illinois, the son of James M. and Darlene Gay (Cole) Lance.

Len is survived by his sister, Stacy Rae Niemeier and husband Alex of Saint Louis, Missouri; brothers, John Troy Lance of Ashley, Illinois, and Boyd Dean Lance and wife Tracy of Glen Carbon, Illinois; significant other, Dawn Kerr of Athens, Tennessee, and her sons, Shawn Kerr and Lucas Kerr, both of Athens, Tennessee; daughters, Nicole Marie and Keisha; nephews, Samuel James Lance and Tristan Joseph Lance; and nieces, Brittney Alyssandra Lance, Kari Jean Lance and Tammi Fortag.

Len was preceded in death by his parents, James M. Lance and Darlene Gay Lance.

Len graduated from the trade school at Olney College and with Centralia High School’s “Class of 1982.”  He worked at various jobs throughout his life, one of which, he was the assistant manager at the Walmart in Salem, Illinois until he became medically disabled.  He lived the last days of his life in Arnold, Missouri, and formerly lived in Athens, Tennessee, from 2017 until 2021, and Salem, Illinois.   

Len loved golfing with his friend, Ed Flanigan, and they played in various golf tournaments throughout the years.  He enjoyed being out on the lake fishing, playing poker with his friends and family, and tinkering with cars.  He cherished his pets and the animals he kept, including his snakes, iguana, and rabbits.  Len often described himself as “a very different kind of special,” and his family lovingly agreed.  He was known to stir the pot a time or two and had a good sense of humor. 

Graveside Memorial Service for Mr. Len Del “Lenny” Lance will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia, Illinois with Major Thomas Riggs officiating.  Inurnment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia, Illinois.  There will be no public visitation.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lenny’s honor to United Way of Greater Saint Louis and may be received by the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home at 134 South Elm Street in Centralia, Illinois.  Please view the online obituary, send condolences, or share memories with Mr. Lance’s family at

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Graveside Memorial Service
September 4, 2021

11:00 AM
Elmwood Cemetery
710 Gragg Street
Centralia, Illinois 62801

Inurnment following Graveside Memorial Services
September 4, 2021

Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home
134 South Elm Street
Centralia, IL 62801

Arrangements Entrusted To

Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home
134 South Elm Street
Centralia, IL 62801


United Way of Greater Saint Louis
910 North 11th Street, Saint Louis MO 63101

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