Ray Lane went home to be with the Lord on Friday (Sept. 14, 2018).
“We have truly lost a wonderful man,” his family said. He passed away unexpectedly at the Metropolis Nursing and Rehab facility in Metropolis. He was born April 11, 1946, in Fairbury Hospital, the son of Seth and Naomi Lane, of Piper City.
Ray graduated from Piper City Community High School, Class of 1964. Following graduation, he worked at Magnabox in Champaign until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1966. After basic and school, he was stationed at Mather Air Force base in Rancho Cordova, Calif., for 3½ years.
Ray married his high school sweetheart, Debbie Tewell, on April 3, 1966. They spent 52 wonderful years together. In addition to his parents and his in-laws, he was preceded in death by his son, Mathew.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Debbie Lane, are his beloved son, Tony Lane and his wife, Andrea, of Piper City; three grandchildren, Raele Lane, Carson Lane and Hayden Lane; two brothers, William Lane, of Madison, Wis., and Stephen Lane, of Naples, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Mary and Harry Johnson, of Dwight; and brother-in-law, Richard Tewell and Glenn Adden, of Champaign. Also surviving are nine nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and great-nephews; dear friend, Scott Shales; as well as many other long-dear friends.
Ray was such a kind and generous man. He leaves behind many good friends. Everyone that knew him loved him. He loved his wife, sons, daughter-in-law and grandkids more than they will ever know. He enjoyed all his fishing trips with companies that he worked for and his friends, but the highlights of his life trip was the bear trip to Canada with his two sons and the two trips to Reel Foot Lake with Tony, Hayden and Scott. Of course, the annual deer hunt with the boys on the Wagner farm. He also enjoyed every summer when the grandchildren would come down to spend 10 days. He loved taking them places and watching them have fun.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, until the 11 a.m. funeral service at the United Methodist Church in Piper City, with the Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery in Piper City. Military rites will be by the Piper City American Legion Gibb Post 588.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or to the family.
Please sign his online guestbook at redeniusfuneral homes.com.