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Wendall F. "Windy" Lane

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Wendall F. "Windy" Lane Obituary
"Windy" Wendall F. Lane

Dallas - "Windy" Wendall Franklin Lane, 77, a resident of Dallas died Thursday, July 5, 2018 at his home. He was born and raised in the rural town of Jacksonville, Illinois the son of Ray and Lona Liebstein Lane on July 30, 1940. After graduating high school, he worked as a deck hand on a tow boat on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers for six months. He served four years in the U.S. Navy stationed on the U.S.S. Ajax, a repair ship, working in the machine shop. Back in civilian life, he returned to school at Southern Illinois University in Machine Tool Technology. After college, he was working for Ingersoll Machine Company in Rockford, Illinois, but something was missing…He secured the job of his dreams: a pilot position with Eastern Airlines. After 25 years at Eastern, the company went out of business. He was lucky to find a job in Taiwan with a start-up airline EVA Airlines flying international flights. It turned out to be a great experience. Reaching the age of 60, the retirement rules forced him out of the airlines. Fate was still on his side and he secured a job with NetJets flying corporate jets for seven more years. NetJets was a very busy life and at the age of 67, he could feel time affecting his performance, so he joined the ranks of the retired and enjoyed a new life with his new wife.

He flies away, leaving behind his beautiful wife Leota, four children, three step-children and many great friends. He considered his life to be a blessing.

A memorial service will begin at 10:00am Monday, July 16th in the Oak Grove Church with a potluck to follow in the Oak Grove Grange. Private interment will be in the Dallas Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Oak Grove Church. The Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family.
Published in StatesmanJournal on July 11, 2018
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