Those closest to Richard (Dick) Lane knew him as a man of simple pleasures and unwavering faith who enjoyed his family above all else. We knew him as our dad who was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend.
His family is a deeply rooted tree with branches of Lanes, Downeys, Harveys, Pethtels, McCarrolls, Carmichaels, Trotters and various other in-laws and outlaws.
Born to Wendell and Rosemary Lane on April 29, 1940, in Bruceville, Ind., he became the pesky, older brother to Nancy (McCarroll) and Judy (Carmichael). Dick was the adored son of a farmer and his wife who taught him well and instilled in him the value of working hard and taking care of others who need a hand up. While he would never concede it, Dad was born with the significant physical challenge of cerebral palsy that he rarely acknowledged and bested on a daily basis. The limits of his body were no match for his tenacious spirit.
On June 29, 1963, in Hobbs, N.M., Dick took Mabel Harvey as his beloved wife to have and to hold from this day forward... and he did just that for 54 adventurous years. The product of Dick and Mabel's amazing partnership are three children - Kimberly Crooks of Terre Haute, Pamela Lane of Sullivan and Patrick Lane of Oklahoma City, Okla. Dick loved his children's spouses, Tim Crooks and Carla Lane, as children of his own. When grandkids came along, they took center stage. Tyler Crooks, Finnegan Steele, and Olivia and Phoebe Lane immediately stole Dad's heart. He was a sucker for kids.
Upon returning to Indiana in 1967, Dick and Mabel settled in Sullivan where he began a 40-year career in the package liquor store industry in Sullivan and later Terre Haute. Dad served on the board of the Indiana Liquor Store Association, ultimately serving as president. He was also involved in local church and civic organizations, including being a fourth degree knight of the Knights of Columbus, helping organize the construction of Sullivan's St. Mary's Catholic Church, and serving on the board of Mary Sherman Hospital.
Dick Lane will be remembered for his amazing attitude and perspective on life to work hard for what you want, appreciate what you have, and never let anything stand in your way. We will remember him as the toughest man we've ever known - mentally and physically - who overcame tremendous odds to become the success he was. Our father taught us your reputation is your most valuable possession, do things the right way or don't do them at all, and if we can't have your mother's meatloaf the Cracker Barrel will have to do.
Visitation will be held at St. Joseph's University Parish in Terre Haute from 9 - 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, followed by Mass at 11 a.m., and a luncheon in the parish center immediately following. Cremation has been scheduled following services with burial of his ashes at a later date in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the Wabash Valley in his name are greatly appreciated.
Published on December 26, 2017