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Orvil Lane


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Orvil Lane Obituary
Orvil Hill Lane, 93, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at his home in Tularosa. He was born Nov. 14, 1919, in Alto to A.B. "Bill" and Flora (Jones) Lane.
Orvil's grandfather, Marvel Lane, and great-grandfather, Williston Hollis Lane, came to New Mexico Territory around 1901 to escape the Texas drought. His mother's family came for similar reasons.
Orvil grew up in Russia Canyon, where his family farmed and his father later worked as a logger. He attended school in Cloudcroft. After graduation, Orvil moved to Mescalero to board with James Cissne and work at Mr. Cissne's store, The Big Chief. There, he first met Virginia, Mr. Cissne's 9-year-old daughter whom he described as an ornery young girl who would short-sheet his bed.
During World War II, Orvil was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to France to help maintain military equipment. While he was away, the Cissne family moved to Torrance and then Long Beach, Calif. Upon returning from the war, Orvil went to California to visit the Cissne family and couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the beautiful Virginia, now 16. They were married Sept. 27, 1945, in Yuma, Ariz.
Orvil and Virginia settled in Long Beach and had three children: Patricia, Sandra and Charles.
Later, New Mexico called them back. They lived for many years at the Flying "H" Ranch outside of Artesia, where Orvil was a ranch hand. In 1966, they mourned the death of their daughter, Patricia, and took on raising her eldest son. For a good part of the 1970s, Orvil ran government trap lines throughout the Hondo Valley. In the late '70s and '80s, they were in Newberry Springs, Calif., taking care of Orvil's father, Bill. In 1989, they returned to New Mexico for good, settling in Tularosa.
Orvil and Virginia were both active members of The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Tularosa.
Virginia passed away in 1993 and Orvil has lived the last 20 years devoted only to Jehovah and his extensive family of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Orvil was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Patricia Fesler; his brother Denzel Lane; his sister Cleta Bass; and his spouse Virginia.
Orvil is survived by his daughter Sandra Campbell, of Tularosa; his son Charles Lane, of Carlsbad; his grandchildren Darel Evans, of Tularosa; Sam Kimmons and wife, Stacey, of Granbury, Texas; Hank Tally and wife, Lisa, of Tularosa; Val Lynch and husband, David, of Alamogordo; Rocky Reid, of Alamogordo; Scott Lane, of Carlsbad; great-grandchildren Shaunda Kimmons, Tanya Ryle, Tasha Holley, Candus Brown, David Tally, Jessica, Ruben and Vincent Elizondo, Angelina Rice, Brittany Kimmons, Samantha Salazar-Tally, Dakota Kimmons, Devon Blake, Damon and Darren Reid; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and his nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Tularosa.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 19 to Mar. 26, 2013
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