JSA veteran Ken Lane


I'm proud to say that Ken was a friend of mine. I first met Ken in 2007 at the Las Vegas reunion. We began a conversation in 2008 when he decided he wanted to go back to Korea with me as part of my 2009 tour group. Like me, he had lost his wife and missed her greatly. He was extremely proud of his children, and they gave a lot of meaning to his life. There was another link. While Ken was living in Florida, he enjoyed getting up to Lincoln, Maine to go fresh water fishing. I believe he had relatives there. Being a Mainer, myself, and a trout fisherman, I understood the pleasure that he got from it.

In April 2009, Ken went to Korea as part of my tour group. During those ten days, I got to know Ken better. I found him to be a very decent, thoughtful person. He had been part of the Noteworthy communications group. He told me about celebrating his 18th birthday at JSA. He found present day JSA and Korea amazing.

Ken loved going out on his boat in the ocean. He liked to fish there too. Back in Florida after the tour, Ken called me on most weekends. Usually about 9:00AM, I'd get a call and hear "Mr. Jones . . . Every call began that way. I miss Ken - - - Ray Jones, webmaster


Family-Placed Obituary

KENNETH DUANE LANE, Sr. "Ken" Kenneth Duane "Ken" Lane, Sr., 70, Boynton Beach, FL passed away on Friday, October 15, 2010 following a sudden illness. Kenneth was born on August 29, 1940 in Washington, D.C. to the late Walter Lane and Regina Webster Lane. At the age of four, he moved with his family to Lake Worth, FL. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and was active in the church as an altar boy. After tragically losing his father, Ken was forced to become the man of the house and help support his mother and younger brother. He took on many side jobs and as soon as we he was eligible he enlisted in the United States Army. He served from 1958 to 1963. He was assigned to the United Nations Command Security Battalion/Joint Services Area in Panmunjom, South Korea. He was awarded the Korean Defense Service Medal. After an Honorable Discharge in 1963 Ken returned to Lake Worth where he achieved his greatest accomplishment when on Feruary 7, 1964 he married Melisse Rivard. He was employed by Bell South as an engineer. In 1983 he was promoted and transferred to Jacksonville, FL and again in 1985 was called up to the Bell South Headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Ken retired from Bell South in 1992 and started his own consulting firm doing work for Siemens, Tel-labs and Stromberg Carlson. He finally put away his briefcase in 2001 and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Ken was a licensed pilot, an avid coin and stamp collector and a gold mining hobbyist. He was an active member in the Lost Dutchman's Mining Association, the National Rifle Association, and the Korean Veterans Association and was on the board of The High Point Homeowners Association. In December of 2003 he lost the love of his life when Melisse his wife of 38 years passed away. Soon afterwards, Ken returned to South Florida where he spent the last years of his life. Perhaps his proudest moment was in 2009 when he returned to South Korea for a JSA Panmunjom reunion where he received The Freedom Medal from the Korean American Cultural Foundation. He was a proud American and loved his country very much. He is survived by his brother, Wesley Lane of Orange Springs, FL; his three children, Kenneth D. Lane, Jr., of Boynton Beach, FL, Deanna C. Lane of Gainesville, GA and Hieleann Lane-Ross of Atlanta, GA; five grandchildren, Killian Ross, Hunter Lane, Hartley Carter, Jackson Carter and Joe Carter; Two nieces and one nephew along with many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Lane and Regina Webster Lane and his lovely wife, Melisse Rivard Lane. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday October 21, 2010 at St. Marks Catholic Church in Boynton Beach, FL. Following the service the family will receive friends at the High Point Club House located at 215 High Point Boulevard, Boynton Beach, FL.

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