Richard Earl Lane died May 19 from complications of mesothelioma cancer. He was 83.

A memorial service will be held at noon, Friday, May 30, in the Chapel at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City. A reception in his honor will be held following the service.

Richard was born on May 17, 1925, in San Francisco. His family moved to Grass Valley in 1933, where he lived until joining the Navy in April 1943. He proudly served on the USS Osmus Destroyer Escort 701 during World War II until his discharge in March 1946. He worked as an electrician in the Bay Area until retiring in 1987, and he moved back to Grass Valley in 1988. After retirement, Richard joined the American Legion, the Elks, RV Clubs, a travel club, and he enjoyed volunteering for church functions. He loved to travel, enjoyed fishing, hunting, music, dancing, playing cards and games, and he always looked forward to socializing and spending time with his family and friends.

Richard was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and brother. He had a cheerful and likeable personality and developed many lasting friendships over the years. He will be remembered as a cheerful and content man who truly enjoyed his life and those who were in it, and he will be greatly missed.

Richard is survived by his sisters Connie McKee, Marlene Fowler, and Laurene Lile; son, Robert Lane; daughter, Yvonne Chamberlain and her husband, Robert; grandchildren Michelle DeVita and her husband, David, Andrea Lane, Nicole Perez and her husband, Arcadio, and Dillon Lane; great-grandchildren Dustin Kane, Marina Figueroa, Marcos Figueroa, Issabella DeVita and Alyssa Lane, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of almost 59 years, Juanita.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley.

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