William “Bill” Lane, Jr., 1947-2021


William Berry “Bill” Lane, Jr., 73, of La Porte, Ind., passed away Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at his home.

He was born Dec. 28, 1947, in Harrisburg, Ark., the son of William Lane, Sr., and Ruby (Brown) Lane.

Known as Bill, he was a scientist, musician and Christian. Bill was a 1965 Elston grad and went on to earn a degree in chemistry afterwards, making a career in the environmental field. He was a Vietnam veteran (U.S. Army 1967-1969) who suffered from Agent Orange exposure. He loved his dogs and was an avid motorcyclist and photographer his whole life. 

He is survived by his step-son, Barry (Charity) Oliver, and Barry’s twin children, Briggs and Ainsley of La Porte; adopted son, Brandon (Denny) Lane, and Brandon’s son Dhamon Lane; his mother, Ruby; and his three younger brothers, Lonnie, Terry and Richard. 

William was preceded in death by his father and his wife, Cheryl.

A life celebration will be held at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, La Porte, on Friday, March 5, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dennis Pickens officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. (Per COVID-19 guidelines, masks and social distancing are required.) Cremation will follow. The funeral service will be live streamed via the Haverstock Funeral Home Facebook page.

Memorial contributions may be made to the La Porte County Small Animal Shelter, 2855 W. Ind. 2, La Porte, Ind. 46350, in his name.

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