Obituary for Rance W Poehler

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Rance W Poehler

September 3, 1940 - January 6, 2013

Rance W. Poehler, age 72 passed away peacefully Sunday morning, January 6, 2013 at his home in Morgantown.

He was born in Indianapolis on September 3, 1940 to the late Re Fred Charles and Lelia Francis (Hillard) Poehler. Rance married his loving wife of 53 years, Mary "Mare" L. (Agan) Poehler on November 26, 1960 in Indianapolis. She survives.

Rance was a 1958 graduate of Harry E. Wood High School in Indianapolis and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business in 1972 from the University of Indianapolis while working full time to support his family. He was retired from Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis as a Distribution Supervisor after 35 years service. He received his Eagle Scout badge of honor.

Rance's number one priority was his family. He was a great father, husband, grandfather and son (to both his mother and step parents). He lived by high moral standards and taught great values to his children and those that knew him. He was a real outdoorsman and passed these values to all those around him whether family, friends, or neighbors. He would help anyone in need and never put himself first.

He is survived by his wife and one son: Rance (wife, Holly) Poehler of McKinney, TX; one sister: Sharon Byers of Pensacola, FL; and 4 grandchildren: Mary Chaney, Rance B. Poehler, Nicole Poehler, and Zachary Poehler.

Rance was preceded in death by two children: Christine Poehler & Kent Poehler; and two brothers: Re Poehler & Arthur Poehler.

A Celebration of Rance's Life will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 6 pm at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 pm until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Expressions of caring and kindness may be made to the Poehler family at

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: September 3, 1940
Died: January 6, 2013

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Pam Shelburne posted on 1/1/00

Mary, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Rance's passing. He was a kind and generous man, fun to talk to, and I will miss him. May you have peace that passes all understanding in this time of great of sorrow.


Shelly Firsich posted on 1/1/00

We are all deeply saddened here at the Animal Hospital of Martinsville and Doggie Doodles. Rance was a very special man with a big heart. He will always have a special place in my heart and will be greatly missed.


Lawton Mullis posted on 1/1/00

I had the pleasure of working with Rance at Eli Lilly & Co in the late 80's. I found Rance to always have the best interests of his co-workers in mind. He was honest, hard working, and dedicated to the people who worked for him and to the company. He also had a great sense of humor. His family meant the world to him. He is someone that I will never forget. I would like to offer my condolences to Mary and the family.


Laura Jaehnke posted on 1/1/00

My thoughts and prayers are with you Mary. He will be deeply missed by us. Laura, Mario, Rashell, Darlene, and Don.


Bruce Driver posted on 1/1/00

I had the privledge of having Rance as my boss at Lilly. He promoted me to supervisor and had high expectations. I didn't want to let him down. He always treated his employees with respect. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a good man. My condolences to you Mary and Rance Jr. God Bless...


Matthew Agan posted on 1/1/00

My Uncle Rance was one of the most caring, generous, and loving people that I had the privilege of growing up with. Some of the most fondest memories I have as a child were times spent with him and Aunt Mary on their beautiful property fishing, swimming, riding golf carts, camping, learning to shoot guns, sledding down the hill, and playing with the dogs and horses. He always made sure that all of his kids, grand kids, nephews, and nieces felt special and had fun. I'll miss the talks we'd have outside on the deck in the summers, and those bear-grip hugs. Everyone was his "Pal."


Elizabeth & Randy Penland posted on 1/1/00

Mary, rance and family, We are so sad to hear about your loss. May Gods comfort and peace be with during this time and know we are thinking of you and praying for your family! Beth and Randy


Robert Biggs posted on 1/1/00

Although I never worked for Rance at Lilly, I knew him well and to my way of thinking he was one super person. I agree whole-heartedly with the the messages from Gary Potts and Gavin HJadley. Having spent forty-one years at Lilly, all in Distribution I had many occasions to know Rance. My deepest condolances to the family. You have lost a fine person.


Nicole Robinson posted on 1/1/00

Rance was such a wonderful person. He always had a smile on his face. He was so laid back and we always had such a great time with Mary and Rance every time we got together. I will miss him so much. Please Mary don't hesitate to call if you need anything. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. He definitely will be missed. Love always Nicole 317-372-9804


Gary Potts posted on 1/1/00

To Mary and Rance Jr... I had the distinct honor to work with Rance in distribution as a young engineer back in the 70's. Your husband and dad was just as you describe honorable, honest, man of integrity, good spirit and hard work. Lilly was made a better place thanks to Rance, and it was a real privilege to have known and worked with him. My deepest sympathy, Gary Potts (retired February 2004)


Gavin Hadley posted on 1/1/00

Rance and I worked closely together in the mid 80s as dept. heads in Lilly distribution. We became good friends but due to several job changes on my part we lost contact. I knew he was retired and living in Morgantown and always meant to give him a call but regrettably never did. It saddens me to hear about his passing so I want to express my heartfelt condolences to Rance's family. He was a really good man and will be missed by all who were lucky to have known him. God bless..


Betty Rhoton posted on 1/1/00

My deepest sympathy to all the family. I worked for Rance at Lilly in the 70s in the International Customer Services. He was a great boss, cared for all he knew, a very honest man. In later years we both moved to other areas. I'm not sure of the dept. name for which he worked but he worked at replaced the old outdated phones in the area I work. Having known Rance, it was great to see him again; I kidded him and said I would like a blue Princess phone. When it came time to replace my phone, there was a toy blue princess phone sitting on my desk. We had good laughs over that and that phone stayed on my desk for a long time. Rance was such a good man and will be greatly missed by so many. Sending my condolences to all.


Daniel Stamm posted on 1/1/00

I forturnate to have known and worked for Rance in Distribution at Lilly. He was a true friend and compassionate leader. He gained the respect of his employees through is knowledge of the business and caring for his people. He always had another family at Lilly and we were all greatfull that he treated us as such. My heartfelt condolences to Mary and Rance for their loss. We have all lost a true friend! Sincerely, Dan


Sandy Ball posted on 1/1/00

Rance was a regular library patron I enjoyed serving. He was always pleasant, was willing to learn how to use new technology to meet his reading needs, and always expressed his gratitude for our service. I am sorry to hear of his passing, and will miss his visits to the library.


Denise Poehler Garrett posted on 1/1/00

Aunt Mary and Rance Jr. I was saddened to hear of Uncle Rance's passing, there were many years of losing contact, after our Dad died , not exactly sure why , but I though you all often. I always enjoyed uncle Rannie as we called him would come to the house in Waverly and get us to give him our lil pinky finger and he would play milk the mouse, it always hurt , but we loved having him teasing us. I was so happy to have found him on facebook last year, and getting to tell him Happy Hoildays before he passed and hearing back from him , it made my heart swell. My god be with you , I know it is hard , he really was a wonderful man and Uncle. Love to you all stay strong.... Denise