Andrew "John" Lane (1925 - 2013)

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NORTHWOOD - Mr. Andrew "John" Lane, 87, of Northwood, died Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Presidential Oaks in Concord, after a brief illness.

Born in Keene, October 2, 1925, John was the son of the late Earl N. and Lilly (Lofgren) Lane. He graduated from Keene High School before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet during World War II. He was an alumnus of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York graduating in June, 1950 with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering. John was married to Jean Whitcomb on October 21, 1950.

John worked in construction for Arthur Whitcomb Construction Company of Keene for five years before moving to Northwood in 1955. He then began his career with the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation as a civil engineer in the Bridge Division. Mr. Lane was promoted to Assistant Bridge Engineer in 1970 and retired as the State Bridge Engineer in 1989.

John was active in his community, having served on the Northwood Highway Advisory Committee, Northwood Budget Committee, Saddleback Mountain Lion's Club, American Legion. He was also active in the Northwood Congregational Church. Most of all, he enjoyed attending events at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, where he and Jean were staples at sporting events, as well as plays and musicals. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and summers at their camp on Wild Goose Pond.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean Lane; two children, daughter Betsy Colburn and her husband Jim of Northwood and their children Steve, Brian, and Lindsey; and daughter Peggy Riley and her husband Pat of San Antonio, and their children Sean, Kyle, and Kevin; nine great grandchildren, 13 nieces and nephews.

He is pre-deceased by his parents and brother Richard L. Lane of Swanzey.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Concord Hospital and Presidential Oaks who provided boundless care, devotion, and love.

Memorial donations, in his memory, may be made to the Northwood Congregational Church, PO Box 65, Northwood, NH 03261 or Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, 907 First New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood, NH 03261.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 22, at 4:00 p.m. at the Northwood Congregational Church, 881 First New Hampshire Turnpike in Northwood with Rev. Gayle Murphy officiating. A reception will follow at the conclusion of the service.

The Bennett Funeral Home in Concord is handling arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Feb. 20, 2013
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