ESTHERVILLE - Mass of Christian Burial for John Lance McFadden, 70, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2008, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Brian Hughes and Father Albert Grendler as Celebrants. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Estherville.
He died Thursday, July 17, 2008, at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.
John Lance McFadden, the son of Kenneth V. and Margaret C. (Franer) McFadden, was born June 27, 1938, in Middletown, Pa.
He graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1956. John holds the Philadelphia High School record for 17 strikeouts in 7 innings in 1954. When he was a junior in high school, he was the winning pitcher for the city championship game at Connie Mac Stadium and was selected M.V.P. He then attended Drexel University and graduated from University of Virginia Banking School. John pitched for the St. Louis Cardinal's farm system baseball team until 1958.
On Nov. 14, 1959, he was united in marriage to Margaret Mester in Estherville. The couple made their home in Estherville where John was a partner in McFadden-Lund-Shadle Insurance and now known as Northstar Bank and Agency. Margaret died on Oct. 2, 1987.
John was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and belonged to various organizations including: Bank America Board from 1975 to 1997; Northstar Bank Board from 1997 to present; Estherville Housing Commission; Knights of Columbus; Airport Commission; past president of Estherville Country Club; and he served 34 years on the ILCC Foundation Board. John also was selected to the High School Athletic Hall of Fame of South Philadelphia in 2002.
Left to cherish John's memory are his children, Colleen and Greg French and their children, Jilian and friend Cameron and Luke and his fiance, Blythe; Paula Schacherer and her husband, Steve, and their children, Matt and fiancee, Abby, Michael and Sarah; Lance McFadden and his wife, Brenda, and their children, Allison, Megan and Lauren; Mary Pattison and her husband, Jay, and their children, Abbie and Lindy. Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Bev McFadden, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother Brian and grandson.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be given to the American Cancer Society.