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Francis “Fran” L. Lanphier, 88, Wellsville


 Francis “Fran” L. Lanphier, 88, of 249 N. Main Street passed away on Friday, June 10, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born May 19, 1934 in Bath, the son of the late Dallas and Viva (Austin) Lanphier. On November 26, 1958 in Scio he married the love of his life Joan Marie Tucker who predeceased him on December 29, 1998.

Fran was raised in Wellsville and was a 1952 Graduate of Wellsville High School. He began his career with the G. LaRue Sears Insurance Company in Belmont and was employed later by C.E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville. He then became a salesman for J T’s General Store in Wellsville and was eventually promoted to manager. He also owned and operated Lanphier Enterprises for many years in Wellsville.

Fran was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville, a 25 year member of the McEwen Hose Company #4, a past vice president and coach of the Wellsville Little League, and a former boy scout leader. He was also an associate member of the Morrison Hayes Post # 702 American Legion in Wellsville, and enjoyed his daily visits with the Coffee Club at McDonalds.

Fran is survived by: a son Ronald (Barb) Lanphier of Wellsville, a daughter in law Lana of Lakewood, NY; three grandchildren Jenn Lanphier of Wellsville, Scott Lanphier of Scio, and Kelly (Mike) Schifano of Lakewood, NY. Five great-grandchildren; Hailey, Abigail, and Kennedy Lanphier and Mia and Cooper Schifano. A brother in law Russell (Susan) Tucker of Scio, Sister in Law Corinne Tucker of Grand Praire, TX. Niece Angela (Jayson) Chandler of Scio, NY, Nephews, Jason (Dawn) Tucker of Hinsdale, NY, and Ryan Tucker of Scio. Great Nieces Mackenzie and Alyshia Chandler of Scio and Kendall Tucker of Hinsdale, NY. In addition to his parents and love of his life, Fran was predeceased by a son Michael Lanphier in 1997, his sister Margaret “Peggy” Converse and a brother in law Larry Tucker.

Friends are invited to celebrate Fran’s life on Monday, June 13, 2022, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville (34 W. State Street) and on Tuesday, June 14, from 10:00 -11:00 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 11:00 am in church with Reverend Dr. Eric Ash Sr. presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences please visit

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