Andrew J. Lane

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

Born in Keene on Oct. 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, N.Y., graduating in June 1950 with a B.S. degree in civil engineering.

John was married to Jean Whitcomb on Oct. 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 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 Lions Club and the 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, Texas, and their children Sean, Kyle and Kevin; nine great- grandchildren; 13 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Richard L. Lane.

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


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

Memorial donations may be made to Northwood Congregational Church, P.O. Box 65, Northwood 03261 or Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, 907 First New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood 03261.

The Bennett Funeral Home in Concord is handling arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at

Published in Union Leader on Feb. 20, 2013
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