GREENSBORO – W. Austin Lane, who helped build Lane's Laundry into a Greensboro institution, died June 8 after an extended period of declining health. A memorial service will be held Monday, June 13, at 2 p.m. at Greensboro's Congregational United Church of Christ, 400 Radiance Drive, following a private burial. The Rev. Julie Peeples, pastor, will officiate, and the family will greet friends at a reception in the church fellowship hall following the service. Lane, a native of Greensboro, had also made his winter residence in Palmetto, FL, in recent years. A lifelong sailor, he loved being near the water and enjoyed a warm relationship with neighbors on the Manatee River in Palmetto. Lane served in the Army as an officer during World War II, deployed for an extended period in the European theatre, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Purple Heart for battlefield injuries. Later he was being trained in Texas for a Pacific invasion that was never needed. A graduate of Greensboro Senior High and N.C. State University, Lane put his textile chemistry education to good use as the person who "kept the trains running" amid the boilers and machinery at the laundry founded by his late father, Henry Austin Lane. His life of sailing began as a teenager in the Sea Scouts and lasted as long as he could stand on the deck of his or his son Richard's boat. The two had a brief visit to Richard's boat as recently a year ago when he was in his 93rd year. Austin and his late wife Huldah sailed most of the east coast and beyond, often with family and friends aboard. Lane's civic life included more than half a century in the Greensboro Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and was recently named Rotarian Emeritus. He was also an active churchman, having served as a Deacon and Moderator at Congregational UCC. During his membership that spanned seven decades, he also served on almost every committee in his church. Lane was predeceased by his wife, Huldah York Lane, and is survived by his son Richard and wife Betsy; daughter Claudia Deaton and husband Bill; grandchildren Marcy McKenzie, Richard Austin Lane Jr., and Richard Stafford. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405; Greensboro Urban Ministry, 305 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27406; or the
. Online condolences may be made through www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.
Cong United Church of Christ
400 W Radiance Dr
Greensboro, NC 27403
Published in The Bradenton Herald on June 12, 2016