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07/18/1934 — 01/06/2020
From Richland, WA | Born in Walla Walla, WA
Recitation of the Holy Rosary
Mass of Christian Burial
Michael J. Lane, 85, husband of Deanna A. Lane, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020 at Kadlec Hospital in Richland, WA. Born July 18, 1934 at home, in Walla Walla, Washington, he was the son of Edward R. and Winifred A. Lane.
In 1952 he graduated from Franklin High School where he played bassoon in the marching band. In 1956 he graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Finance. At Seattle University he was an Army ROTC cadet and Student Body Treasurer. After graduation he served in the Army Reserve where he achieved the rank of Captain.
On September 9, 1958 he married Deanna Arline Dickert and together they had three children, Edward, Christopher and Angela.
In the spring of 1965 he moved his family to Richland, Washington and went to work for General Electric. Subsequently, he worked for Douglas United Nuclear, Westinghouse, Exxon Nuclear, Siemens and Framatome from where he retired in 1994. In his career he was a team player and respected colleague.
Mike’s love of his faith, family and community were evident throughout his life. As a parishioner at Christ the King Catholic Church he served as an usher and on the finance committee and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. As a husband and father he was always supportive, loving and unfailingly wise. As a member of the community he served on the Tri-Cities Science and Technology Park Board of Directors and cared for his neighbors, taking their garbage cans in and out and shoveling the snow from their walks.
Sports and reading were two of his favorite pastimes. He golfed almost daily with Fr. Van Nguyen and his other golfing buddies at Horn Rapids, frequently scoring under his age up to two weeks before he passed away, though he did remark that this feat became easier as he got older. He also enjoyed playing tennis, volleyball, softball and basketball. Books, especially those on history and philosophy, were often open in his hands. Many of his books have margin notes with his observations and comments that will be cherished by his family.
His favorite quote was “Endeavor to persevere” by Chief Dan George from the Clint Eastwood movie “The Outlaw Josie Wales.”
He was courageous to the end, saying shortly before his death, “If the book has been written, nothing more needs to be done.”
Mike is survived by Deanna, his wife of 61 years; son Dr. Edward and wife Cynthia (Mutchmore) of Prosser, Washington and their children William, Ellie and Christopher; son Christopher and wife Pauline (Yat) of Edmonds, Washington; daughter Angela and her children Jessica, Lane and Solvae; great granddaughter Eleanor; and Erik Aasen, the father of Lane and Solvae. He is also survived by his brother William of Walla Walla and twelve nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Edward (Bobby) and sister Patricia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1111 Stevens Drive in Richland, Washington. A rosary service will be held immediately prior to the mass at 10:30 am.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
I was fortunate enough to be a neighbor for many years and the Lanes were wonderful. Mike was a real gentleman and I feel priviledged to have known him even a bit.
My thoughts and prayers go to Deanna and his family.
I’ve known Mike for many years, as our family home was right across the street from his. Mike was one of the kindest people I’ve had the fortune of knowing. To Deanna and family, I’m so sorry for your loss of this wonderful man. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Always in my heart.
Tere Ellis Smith
I had the privilege of being on the finance committee with Mike. The comment made in the obituary of Mike being “unfailingly wise” resonates with his service on the finance committee as well. To say he will be missed is such an understatement. His smile was infectious, and I always knew he cared deeply about people and the mission. God must have needed help so he called Mike home. Our sincere sympathy to all of Mike’s family at this difficult time.
Your smile and your heart will be missed! Thank you for leading us each Saturday evening mass!
Eternal rest grant unto Him, Lord. Please pray that we may join him in Heaven with You.