Lonnie R. “Bob” Lane of Licking, Missouri, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 25 at his home surrounded by family. Bob was born in Big Piney, Missouri on April 10, 1936 to Claude Lane and Clara Smith Lane. Bob’s mother died aged 21 months and he was raised by his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Adali Meltabarger and a hired man, Jack Bengry, who also lived in the house. Bob married Berna Dean Stallcup on August 25, 1956 and she brought two daughters into marriage, Rhonda and Debbie. Bob and Berna Dean had two boys, Leroy and David. After eight years of marriage, Jack Bengry also came to live at the house until his death. As a teenager, Bob worked in the CCC camp. As a young adult he worked for Rawlings and other local businesses. He also worked for a moving company and drove a cab in Ft. Leonard Wood before going to work in St. Louis for Missouri Petroleum Products where he retired after 33 1/2 years of service. Bob and Berna Dean opened a clothing store in Licking which they owned and operated for six years. Bob later married Delores Ogden, they were together for 20 years until his death.
His mother and father preceded him in death; with his son, David; stepson, Carl Ogden; nephew, Colton Ogden; great-granddaughter Breana Sellers Geistlinger; sister, Betty; brothers, Harold, Elvin, Roger, Larry and Lloyd. He is survived by his son, Leroy (Barb) Lane of Licking; daughters, Rhonda (Bruce) Faucett of Columbia and Debbie (Mike) Krites of Champaign, Illinois; sisters, Della, Linda, Rhonda and Phyllis; brothers, Bill and Danny; several in laws; his beloved friend, Imogene Jones; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Bob loved to tell stories about his youth and some of the antics he and his friends indulged in. He hardly ever missed a Cardinals baseball game; he liked to work in the hay with Leroy; watching over his cattle; fishing, camping, deer and turkey hunting; listen to country and bluegrass music; and he particularly liked the bagpipes. Bob will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A visitation for Bob was held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fox Funeral Home. Services were held on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Fox Funeral Home with Pastor Denny Mahr officiating, the visitation took place one hour before the service. Interment followed at Licking Cemetery. The carriers were Matt Groh, Scott Krites, Aaron Krites, Bobby Lane, Eric Radmer and Dalton Ogden. Arrangements entrusted to Fox Funeral Home. Online condolences can be left at www.foxfh.net.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.