Richard White Lane, Sr. of Galveston and San Marcos passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the age of 90. He was born to Arthur Caroll and Sarah Frances French Lane on June 20, 1924, in Kaufman, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his brothers Arthur Caroll Lane, Jr., Louis Carl Lane, Robert Lee Lane, Billy Jack Lane, and James Franklin Lane; his wife of 5 years, Patricia Reegan Lane, and his wife of 62 years, Thelma Ruth Lane. He is survived by his brother William Lane and wife Lydia of Frost, sisters Betsy Garner of Forney, Mildred Jones of Seagoville, and Sarah Nabors and husband Paul of Hutchings. He is also survived by his children Richard Lane, Jr. and wife Sheryl of Austin, James Lane and wife Judy of Houston, Candace Wells of Fairfield, Iowa, Wetonnah McCoy and husband Brian of San Marcos, Kelly Reagan and husband David of La Marque, as well as 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard grew up on a farm in Kaufman, Texas, with 6 brothers and 3 sisters. After graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and was stationed in Galveston. There he met his “war-time” bride, Patricia, and started a family of 2 sons and a daughter while serving his country honorably in the South Pacific as well as state-side duty stations. He was divorced in 1949, but continued to cherish and support his 3 children. He met the “great love of his life”, his wife, Thelma Ruth, while she was working at Graham’s Café in Galveston. They married in 1951 and had 62 wonderful loving years together, raising 2 devoted daughters.
Richard never lost his “country boy” heritage throughout his life. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing with friends and family. He was an avid reader of western literature and outdoor magazines. He was a tireless worker for the Tucker and Harmony Lodges and the El Mina Shrine Temple. He loved teaching the new lodge members and leading the fund raising for the Shrine Burns Center and other Shrine children’s hospitals. He worked for Nash & Cotton in Galveston, and also in auto parts inventory and control for much of his working life, finally serving as Parts Manager at Flowers Pontiac Cadillac until he retired in 1989. He particularly loved teaching, nurturing and spoiling his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Richard’s family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Central Texas Medical Center for their kind and skillful care, to the staff of Brookdale of San Marcos for their years of faithful service, and to the staff and volunteers of Deer Creek of Wimberley for their steadfast loving care. The family is also especially grateful for the friendship and spiritual support of Mike Schlimgen.
The family will receive friends and visitors from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, on Wednesday, February 18, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, in Galveston. Services will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, February 19, at Malloy & Son Chapel in Galveston, and following at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery, 7301 Memorial Street in Hitchcock. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 815 Market Street, Galveston, Texas, 77550.