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Raymond Vincent Lanman fought a battle with cancer for nearly seven years, beating it twice. On December 4, 2012 that fight ended as Ray took his last breath in his bed at home after a brief illness, in St. Joseph, Missouri, which is the way he wanted it. It was always his style to do things on his terms, and it is fitting that he did this with his final choice, spending his last days with his friends and children.
He was born July 14, 1944 to Maurice and Evelyn Lanman in Washington DC and was a member of a Masonic Lodge.
His devotion to work is seen through the relationships he made and his extraordinary accomplishments in the railroad industry. Until his death, Ray served as Vice President of Corporate Development for Herzog Transit Services, Inc. In this position he was a major player in making Herzog one of the United States' largest private passenger rail service providers.
Ray was an icon for doing business the right way. His reputation as one of the industry's best and brightest followed him throughout his career and he was trusted and loved by those who had the opportunity to do business with him. He was an amazing man that the world will miss, but those who know him well know, with his last breath, these famous words were undoubtedly forming in his mind: "Don't Think it Ain't Been."He was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, Evan Jack. Ray was a devoted and loving father to his two daughters, Renee Conover and Beth Hahn, and to his three sons, Bart D. Lanman, Joseph Lanman, and Christopher Lanman. In addition to his children, Ray is survived by nine and a half beautiful grandchildren; his brothers, Maurice Lanman, Charles Lanman, Thomas Lanman, Bart J. Lanman, and Michael Lanman; his sisters, Regina Lanman and Evelyn Lanman; companion, Barb Duane; mother of his children, Amy Lanman; and a large and close extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 6, 2012
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