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Lance H. Thickpenny

Published April 08,2021

Obituary's Biography:

Lance H. Thickpenny, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of 66 on April 5th, 2021.  Lance was born in Libertyville, IL in 1954, the son of Robert and Gladys (Dowden) Thickpenny.  Affectionately referred to as “Howie”, Lance graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Art. He pursued a career in carpentry, alongside his brother Greg, and was a proud member of Carpenters Local 250 for 25 years.  He married his wife Donna in 1980 and together they enjoyed 41 years of marriage.  They had 3 daughters: Amy, Megan, Erin.  Lance had a penchant for music that he carried with him through all stages of life.  He loved to perform – whether it was from the driver’s seat on the way home from work, on stage at the Last Chance, in the living room for impromptu family dance parties, or sitting around with family and friends enjoying each other’s company – he could always be counted on to lend his voice and guitar.  Quick to make a joke and get the party started, he took his role of father and grandfather very seriously.  The loudest cheerleader in the stands, he always made sure his girls knew how proud he was of them.  Outside of music & caring for his family, Lance was an avid Cubs fan, chef, movie lover, and loyal customer at Fred’s Diner. Lance is survived by his wife Donna, his three daughters Amy (Katie), Megan, Erin, and granddaughter Kiara.  He also leaves behind brothers Greg (Sheila), Mark (Emilia), Brian (Pamela), sisters Mary Ring and Jean Hughes, as well as brothers-in-law Michael (Susan) Sugrue, Raymond (Carmen), Daniel, James, Shawn (Mary) and sisters-in-law Colleen (John) McNicholas, and Mary K.  He was a fond and loving uncle and great uncle to many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Robert and Gladys Thickpenny and mother-in-law Charlotte Sugrue. Lance was a very devoted family man and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.  Services will be held on Saturday, April 10th from 9am-12pm at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 East Belvidere Road in Grayslake, IL.  Lance believed strongly in providing for his family.  He would give anything to support his wife, daughters and their partners, granddaughter, and any future grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, any donations given to the family will be used to set up a college fund for Kiara and her future siblings and cousins. Donations can be sent directly to Strang Funeral Chapel in memory of Lance Thickpenny.

Due to COVID-19, we ask that anyone attending the services please respect social distancing guidelines and wear a mask.  A virtual live stream of the memorial service is also available for anyone who cannot attend.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

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6 Comments

  1. Please accept my deepest sympathy for the unexpected loss of your father. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times.
    May God’s peace and love give you all the strength to bear this grave loss and may the almighty God keep the departed soul under his wings🙏🏼

  2. Lance will be deeply missed, always enjoyed his sense of humor and his music. My prayers go out to Donna and the girls.

  3. To the Thickpenny siblings,
    Sorry to learn of Lance’s passing. Such fond memories of him growing up, and good times with all of your family. Prayers are on the way.

  4. Lance will forever be in our hearts. Lance was always a very special person to the Lunkes family. Donna was also a very special person to our family. When they married the Lunkes family did not know which side of the church aisle we should sit on. My brother Tommy thought we should have seats in the middle of the church because both Donna and Lance were each so special and part of the Lunkes family.

  5. Donna my deepest condolences to you and your family. I always looked forward to you and your family coming into the office for your dental visits. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of you during this difficult time.

  6. I am so deeply saddened, Lance was one of a kind. He was fun to be around quick with a joke and always willing to help a friend. Unfortunately it’s been too long since we last got together. I will always remember all the fun we had and will think of him often. Donna, my heart goes out to you and your daughters, try to remember all the good times and feel comfort in knowing he will be looking after you.

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