RAVENA - Lance R. Boehlke passed away peacefully at home on
March 16, 2021. He was born on April 15, 1963 in Catskill, NY to
Orville and Shirley Overbaugh Boehlke. He grew up in Ravena and
graduated from RCS High School in 1981. He went to work at Rick’s
Body Shop but his career as a car mechanic ended in 1985 when Lance
was in a serious car accident and had back surgery. After working
at Napa, then for his brother at Modern Metal, Lance went back to
school. He attended Hudson Valley Community College where he earned
a certificate with a 4.0 and began a new career working with and
being an instructor of computer aided drafting. Lance found success
in this field and made several close friends. His final career move
was Inside salesman at Hannay Reels in Westerlo, NY. He was a valued
employee, and was blessed to have a very caring, compassionate work
family who did everything to support Lance in his long battle with
Mantle Cell Lymphoma. Lance was a brave warrior, always optimistic,
and a fighter to the end.
had many interests such as gardening. Every spring he would plant a
huge vegetable garden and was so proud and happy with his bounty.
Lance also enjoyed golfing for many years. But his true passion was
hunting with his very good friend Carmine Dowd. Lance became
interested in competitive shooting, became a range officer and was a
member of the Watervliet Fish and Gun Club and had a close group of
friends. He was very successful as a shooter and mentor. He looked
forward to the local and away shooting matches every year. Lance
loved music, especially The Grateful Dead and saw them perform
was predeceased by his father, Orville Boehlke. He is survived by
his wife Ronna Smith, together over 30 years, step sons Adam and
Daniel Smith, grandsons Adam, Austin, and Aiden Smith and their
mother Jennie Smith. Also survived by his mother Shirley Boehlke,
his sister Lee Fourman (Steve), brothers Butch and EG (Darcy),
brothers in law Robbie and Lonnie Konikoff, as well as aunts,
uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. And his beloved cat, Moe.
and Ronna enjoyed taking their grandchildren to Buffalo Bills Games,
soccer matches, and many other adventures. Lance also loved riding
in his Audi convertible. Lance had many close friends in the Ravena
community who were always there for Lance. Tom and Tina Hamilton,
Marie Parker (our Angel on Earth), Terry Pemberton, Mark Brate,
Virginia Palmer, Carmine Dowd, and many, many others.
Calling hours will be on Saturday, March 20th at the Berne Volunteer
Fire Company at 30 Canaday Hill Road, Berne, NY 12023 from 2-4 pm
followed by a service.