Bob Lane


Robert “Bob” Lane, 85, of Forestburg, died Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. 

Funeral services were held Monday, June 21, at the Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard. Burial followed at the Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell.

Bob was born in Rochester, N.Y. to Mark and Ethel (VanOrdeier) Lane.

Bob served in the US Army from 1952-1955 and was in the 24th Infantry Division, Far East Command, in Korea. While in Korea, he cleared anti-personnel mines and anti-tank mines along the DMZ for 17 months.  Bob held the UN Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, National Defense Service Medal, ROK presidential unit Citation, and Korean Defense Service Medal. In 2002, he received the US Korean Service Medal from Senator Tim Johnson. Bob was a lifetime member of the VFW post 2752 in Mitchell.

After the war, Bob was united in marriage to Barbara Burley in 1957. To this union, five children were born.

Bob was an EMT in Rochester, N.Y. He also owned and operated an ambulance company for over 20 years. He then moved to Phoenix, Ariz. where he drove truck before becoming employed at Cook Healthcare in Phoenix. This is where he met his life partner and best friend, Becky Zoss. In June of 1992, they moved to Forestburg where he worked at PVCC in Woonsocket as a certified nursing assistant. Bob retired in 2002.

Bob is survived by his life partner/best friend of over 31 years, Becky Zoss; four daughters, Marsha Lane of Sun City, Ariz., Melonie Lane of Gold Bar, Wash., Melinda Lane of Filmore, Utah, and Jane Kelly of Rochester, N.Y.; two sons, Robert Lane Jr. and William (Cathy) Lane of Sun City, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Ginger Benson of Arizona, Susie Rindlisbaker of Idaho, Bonnie Molinari of New York, and Shirley (Terry) Huntoon of New York; one brother, Joseph (Felicia) Molinari of New York; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mark and Ethel; a daughter, Mary; sister, Virginia Lane; brothers, Richard and Ronald Lane; his niece, Lisa; and his first friend in South Dakota, Granny.

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