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John E. Lane Jr.

John  E.  Lane Jr. John E. Lane Jr., a beloved husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend reached the end of his adventure on March 25, 2018 at age 67.

What an adventure he had! He married the love of his life nearly 40 years ago and together they raised their six children — Kim Hatton, Tim Lane, Carrie Lane, Katie Lane Seel, Johnny Lane, and Cassie Hillegeist.

John was born in Junction City to John and Theona Lane. He graduated from Junction City High School in 1969. In his younger days, he loved playing sports, including football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, and tennis. His true passion was shooting pool (as shown by his many trophies) and he was proud to say he once beat the legendary Minnesota Fats.

As the baby of his family, he enjoyed terrorizing his older sisters (he would tell you they deserved it). Later in life, he realized just how special those older sisters were to him: Penny Chapman, Sherall Lane, Evelyn McNealey, Linda Lane, Pam Engstrom, and Patty Savant.

Marrying Nancy Koppenheffer and growing a family full of love was, by far, one of his best adventures. They enjoyed the simple things in life — watching old westerns, going camping, riding motorcycles, jet skiing, watching their kids play baseball in the summer and cheering on their Wildcats and Royals. They raised their family on the idea that love trumps all things.

As a father, John was always teaching. From tying shoes to burping babies and everything in between, John was always at the ready with a helpful piece of advice. And if advice wasn't enough, he would gladly lend a hand to anyone who needed it.

He worked long and hard at his job as a UPS driver for 40 years, creating long-lasting friendships with the customers on his route. Before that, he was a firefighter at Manhattan Fire Department and he owned his own business “Lane’s Delivery” in Junction City.

As the years went by, he found a new adventure: grandbabies. He absolutely adored his grandchildren — Tyler, Kristen, Bella, Grace, Claire, Cambri, Reece, Henry, Elora, Charlie and Jackson. He would sneak them sips of Dr. Pepper and was always finding ways to entertain them with toys or games. There was no greater joy than being with his grandchildren. He was also very proud of his great grandchildren: Sydney, Sophia and Brooklynn.

Please join us to celebrate John’s lifelong adventure at the Four Points by Sheraton in Manhattan, Saturday April 7 from 1-5 p.m. We will honor him by telling stories from 1-2 p.m. and then enjoy food, shooting pool, and more reminiscing. In honor of John, please wear what makes you most comfortable — he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Homecare and Hospice Inc. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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