NEWTON FALLS - James Edward Lane, 78, entered into eternal rest at the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
James was born in Buckhannon, W.Va., on Sept 5, 1934, the son of Helen L. Slaughter Lane and Samuel E. Lane. They moved to the Newton Falls area in Sept 1940.
He attended Newton Falls High School with the class of 1953.
Jim was a veteran of The Korean War, where he served as an aircraft mechanic with the 420th Air Refueling Squadron, attaining the rank of airman first class (acting staff sergeant and crew chief on a KB 29).
He retired from Copperweld Steel in 1996, where he had worked as a crane operator 22 years and as plant protection for 10 years. He worked as chief probation officer for the city of Newton Falls, and also as a part-time officer for both the city and township until he retired in 2003.
James was a member of the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, F.O.P. Lodge 120, past president of Blue Knights OH XIV, Newton Falls Lodge 462 F&AM, American Legion Post 236, Tac Tankers and The NRA.
Jim enjoyed life, visits from his children and grandchildren, his motorcycles, camping trips with his wife, and watching the squirrels and birds he fed in his back yard. He enjoyed his job as the chief probation officer, and always said that if he helped even one person it was worth it.
Memories of James will be cherished by his wife, Brenda (Lynch) Lane, whom he married Sept 20, 1997; a son, Charles E. (Karlene Grunder) Lane of Newton Falls; a daughter, Lisa A. (Jeff) Leeworthy of Newton Falls; five grandchildren, Genna Wood, Jae Leeworthy, and Brianna, Challen and Garrett Lane; two brothers, Ron (Rita) Lane and David Lane; and two sisters, Barbara Stirling and Rosetta Hrabak, both of Newton Falls.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; son, Forest Dudly; two brothers, Clifford and Eugene; a sister Helen L. Rutan; and three brothers-in-law, Forrest J. Rutan, William Stirling and James Hrabak.
Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, where services will also be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, with Pastor Gordon Ferguson officiating.
James will be honored for his service to our country by the Newton Falls Veterans Organization. He will be laid to rest in the Lutheran Cemetery.
Services were entrusted to the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls.