Robert “Bob” Lane, age 85, of Forestburg, died Sunday, June 13, 2021,
at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be
10:30 AM, Monday, June 21, 2021, at the Willoughby Funeral Home in
Howard. Burial will follow at the Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell.
Bob was born in Rochester, New York 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 mine
fields of anti-personal and anti-tank mines along the DMZ for 17
months. Bob holds the UN Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge,
National Defense Service Medal, ROK presidential unit Citation, 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 5 children were born.
Bob was a EMT in Rochester New York, he also owned and operated a
ambulance company for over 20 years. He then moved to Phoenix, AZ,
were he drove truck before becoming employed at Cook Healthcare in
Phoenix 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 SD as a certified nursing assistant. Bob retired in 2002,
where he and Becky then enjoyed a quiet life. He loved South Dakota,
all it’s open spaces and friendly people.
Blessed to have shared his wonderful life for over 31 years is his
companion and best friend Becky Zoss of Forestburg.
He is also survived by 4 daughters Marsha Lane of Rochester, NY,
Melonie Lane of Gold Bar, WA, Melinda Lane of Filmore, UT, and Jane
Kelly of Rochester, NY; two sons Robert Lane Jr., and William (Cathy)
Lane of Sun City, AZ;. 13 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; four
sisters, Ginger Benson of AZ, Susie Rindlisbaker of ID, Bonnie
Molinari of NY, and Shirley (Terry) Huntoon of NY; one brother Joseph
(Felicia) Molinari of NY; 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 1st friend in SD, Granny.
Arrangements are with the Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard.