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Herman C. Lane Jr.

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MONROE, La. -- Herman C. Lane Jr., formerly of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., died Sunday, May 1, 2005, of complications from emphysema at Corner Stone Hospital in Monroe.

He was born April 25, 1936 in Hoosick Falls, the son of Herman Chesley Lane Sr. and Helen Elizabeth Russell. He attended Hoosick Falls High School, where he was on the basketball team, and graduated in 1954. With a desire to become an engineer, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended the Electronics Naval School in Great Lakes, Ill. He was honorably discharged in 1958 and he returned to Hoosick Falls. In July 1960, he married the former Dorothy Parker. He divorced her in 1975. Herman worked at Dodge Fibers in Hoosick Falls for about a decade and only sporadically from then on, after being taken ill.

Throughout his life he had a great love and an eclectic taste for music, which gave him great comfort. In addition, he had a love of basketball, being an L.A. Lakers fan, and a love of tennis.

His fondest memories came from his childhood visits to his grandfather Jesse Lane’s farm in Newark, Vt., and his greatest sorrows came from not being able to be the kind of father he wanted to be to his four sons.

He leaves his four sons, Herman C. Lane III of Florida, Mark E. Lane of New York and James P. Lane and Russell J. Lane, both of Vermont; a grandson, Michael J. Lane; and a granddaughter, Bryanna E. Lane. He was predeceased by both of his parents; a brother, Donald G. Lane; a stepbrother, Dale Lane; and a stepsister, Vivian Lane. There will be no calling hours and a graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the Hoosick Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Herman’s name to the Democratic National Committee through the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from May 2 to May 3, 2005
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