Edward S. Lane, Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 13, 2015. He was born on September 3, 1938, in Augusta, Georgia, to the late Edward S. Lane, Sr. and Dorothy Green Lane. He met the love of his life, formerly Karen Veronica Metz, over fifty years ago when she was attending Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, and he was a USAF second lieutenant at a nearby B-52 base.
Following high school Mr. Lane was selected as a USAF Aviation Cadet and received his wings and commission at Harlingen AFB, Texas. During his Air Force career he held numerous squadron, wing and headquarters positions as a senior staff officer, squadron commander and instructor in B-52 and FB-111 aircraft. While on active duty he completed BS and MBA degrees. He also completed intermediate and senior officer service colleges at the Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. During the Vietnam War, he served as operations staff officer at U-Tapao Airfield, Thailand.
Mr. Lane retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel at age forty and began his second career with Lockheed-Martin as an advanced systems engineer on special operations, C-130 aircraft. He then worked for Northrop-Grumman on the B-2, Stealth Bomber program as a lead engineer in the advanced systems avionics division. He later returned to and retired from Lockheed-Martin as an engineering program manager. He subsequently worked as a Merrill Lynch stockbroker and bank officer. Following his retirement and his wife Karen’s retirement, as a public school teacher after 31 years of service, they moved from California to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2006, to be nearer their close and extended families in the region.
He is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Karen Metz Lane; their children: Sunny Lane Walters along with her husband, Mark Donald Walters, of Wake Forest, North Carolina; Daniel Edward Lane of Raleigh, North Carolina; two grandchildren, Danielle and Kylan; his brother Jeffrey Victor Lane of Yakima, Washington; and many relatives and friends.
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Visitation will be held at Mitchell Funeral Home, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm with services beginning at 2:00pm and interment following at Raleigh Memorial Park. Afterwards the family will receive relatives and friends for refreshments back at Mitchell Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gideon’s International or The Salvation Army, Raleigh, NC.
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