OTTAWA — Bruce Lee Lane Sr., 70, formerly of Melvern, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at his home in Ottawa.
He was born May 13, 1951, in Burlingame, the son of Harold Lane and Ila Jean Perry. He grew up in Burlingame, moving to Ottawa in 1969. From there, he moved to Centropolis, then Quenemo, and finally to Melvern, where he made his home.
Bruce was an auto body man all of his life. He worked for Joe’s Body Shop in Ottawa, Turner Chevrolet for years, Bent Fender Body Shop, and owned and operated Bruce’s Body Shop in Centropolis for many years. He loved his occupation, and cars — especially the 1955 Chevy. He loved that he could take old cars, make them look like new, and rebuild them back to their glory days.
He also loved his family. If there was an activity his children or grandchildren were a part of, Bruce was there. He loved cheering them on, in whatever it was they were doing.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roger and Russell Lane; a sister, Linda Lane; and his grandmother, Grace Russell.
He is survived by his six children, Bruce Lane Jr. (Teresa), Lyndon, Michelle Fesenmeyer, Melvern, Kathryn Snover (Dustin), Ottawa, Linda Marshall, Topeka, Toni Lane, Derby, and Arlie Stewart (Lavonna), Ottawa; two sisters, Penny Lane, Topeka, and Connie Emperley (Bill), Burlingame; a brother, Chuck Lane (Mary), Texas; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, Ottawa, with interment to follow immediately at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bruce Lane Sr. Memorial Fund and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.
Condolences may be left at Lamb-Roberts.com.