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Woodrow Jack Lane

Woodrow Jack Lane passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Greenwood Village South. His wife and family were at his side.

Jack was born May 15, 1920, in Duncan, Oklahoma, to the late Minnie Thompson Lane and Henry Lane. He was the middle of 11 children.

Jack is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty; sons, Richard (Diana) Lane and Robert (Linda) Lane; daughter, Barbara (Gary) Huston; grandchildren, Susan Lane (Grant Collinsworth), Joseph (Lindsay) Lane, Corey Lane, Norm Schwartz, and Ian, Emma and Spencer Huston; and great-grandchildren, Ariana Lane, and Madalyn, Grace and Graham Collinsworth.

Jack was a captain in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a pilot instructor. He enlisted as an aviation cadet and received pilot’s wings at Moody Field in Valdosta, Georgia. He was assigned as pilot trainer at Freeman Field in Seymour, where he met his future wife, Betty. He later served in Japan during World War II. Jack joined the Air Force Reserve and was called up to fly an A-26 aircraft for 55 combat missions over North Korea and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Jack was a true entrepreneur. He pioneered the self-service laundry business in Indianapolis. He organized a construction company, Stone, Sales & Service. He was active in the construction of Nativity School and the Masonic lodge. He provided services including materials, trucking and environmental reclamation for Ford Motor Co., IPL, the state of Indiana and city of Indianapolis. He eventually bought and developed several commercial properties.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, American Legion and Wilderness Country Club in Naples, Florida, and was former member of the Indianapolis Athletic Club and Country Club of Indianapolis.

He was an avid golfer (scoring a hole in one), hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. One of our fondest memories was watching him smoke a cigar while water skiing. While president of the Wilderness Country Club, he oversaw a major renovation to the clubhouse.

Jack was truly a member of the Greatest Generation.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Our Lady of the Greenwood, 335 S. Meridian St. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Burial will be a Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Information: www.wilsonstpierre.com

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