Ralph Lane

Born: Wed., Mar. 17, 1937
Died: Sun., May 31, 2020


Memorial service at a later date


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James Ralph Lane, Senior Master Sergeant USAF Retired, age 83 of Draper, died Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Pulaski Health and Rehabilitation Center.  He was born on March 17, 1937 in Dublin and was the son of the late James Albert Lane and Lois Turner Lane.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters:  Elizabeth Lane Smith Minnick, and Evelyn Lane Earles.

 

Ralph is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Janet Bocock Lane of Draper.  Also surviving is a sister:  Carolyn Lane Kurgan of Pulaski, and a niece, Julie Earles Glass of Charleston, SC., along with brother-in-law Ralph M. Bocock. 

 

Ralph retired in 1975 from the United States Air Force after serving 21 years all over the world, and returned home to Pulaski County, Virginia.  He pursued many interests, gaining skills, knowledge and enjoyment, reflected in his home, yard, and friends.  Due to the governor’s restrictions, a public graveside service will be held at a later date, in the Southwest Virginia Veteran’s Cemetery, Dublin.  An obituary announcement will be made at that time.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in Ralph’s memory to a local charity of choice. 

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Judy Gettys
   Posted Tue June 02, 2020
Janet, I'm heartbroken for you. Ralph was the kindest, most gentle person I ever met. The world will be a little less happy without him. He was an outstanding neighbor on Barrett Ridge Road. My love and thoughts are with you.

Judy

Charmayne Hall-Kemp
   Posted Tue June 02, 2020
I’m so sorry for your loss. Ralph was a good man and I would always remember him on his birthday. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if I can do anything for you. With my deepest sympathy. Take care of yourself.

Kathy Warden, Burman & Katherine E. Morris
   Posted Wed June 03, 2020
Janet, we are so very sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. You two were an amazing couple. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love,
Kathy, Burman and Katherine

Cliff and Kathy Millirons
   Posted Wed June 03, 2020
Janet, we just learned of Ralph's passing. We are so sorry! Sending our deepest sympathy and love to you. Cliff and Kathy

Kathy Bishop
   Posted Thu June 04, 2020
Janet,
I am so saddened to hear of Ralph's passing. You know how much our family loved you and Ralph. I am holding you close in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories keep Ralph with you always. He was truly my "breathing buddy."
I love you Janet,
Kathy,
Freddie,
Amy and Becky

Jim & Ava Stilwell
   Posted Thu June 04, 2020
Janet, We are so sorry for your loss, Ralph was always such a joy to know.
Jim & Ava Stilwell

Randy Warden
   Posted Thu June 04, 2020
Janet, so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. Remember the days of bringing in that big fertilizer truck to help keep your yard beautiful. What pride you and Ralph had in keeping your place as a show place for all to enjoy. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Randy & Kathy

Roxanne Traylor
   Posted Thu June 04, 2020
Dear Janet I'm so sorry for your loss my heart is broken I remember working with Ralph at Hecks so many years ago but he was a kind and gentle soul as were you Janet. I have very great memories of him and will keep close in my heart God bless you at this time. Love Roxanne ❤❤

Lee Kanode Wolfe
   Posted Thu June 04, 2020
Janet, so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. You two were some of the sweetest folks I ever knew growing up in Draper. One thing I will mention about Ralph that I still talk about to this day: first time I ever donated blood was while in high school, and after nearly passing out from that experience I wasn't sure I ever would again. Then one day I saw Ralph, and he had told me he was on his way to donate, and was about to start his 8th gallon. He told me to not let that one time scare me away, and I took it to heart. Every now and again we would run into each other while donating, and I was going to try my best to catch up with his "8 gallons." Sadly, I didn't make it due to health reasons, but whenever I'm encouraging others to donate blood I tell them of mine and Ralph's stories!
Please know you are in all of us Kanodes' prayers (Mom and Lynn included), and we miss you!

Jerry Dalton
   Posted Sun June 07, 2020
So sorry for your loss Janet

Jerry Dalton
   Posted Sun June 07, 2020
Sorry for your loss Janet


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