Robert L. ‘Rocky’ Lane

Robert L. ‘Rocky’ Lane Robert L. (Rocky) Lane was born in Ottawa, Kan. on July 19, l935 and passed away on May 29, 2013, in Ridgecrest.

A memorial service will be held at the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m.

Robert lived his first few years in the Chipawa Hills southwest of Ottawa. He moved with his parents, Charley and Thelma Lane to Melvern, Kan., when he was four. He graduated from Melvern High School in 1952 and later received his associate’s fegree from Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash.

He retired from the Navy as an air traffic control senior chief with more than 26 years of honorable service in l979. After retirement from active duty, he worked for the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake as head of the Airspace Management Office. He owned and operated a pistachio ranch for several years.

He is survived by Nina, his wife of 55 years; daughters and sons-in-law Barbara and Tim Johnson of Ridgecrest and Flora and Troy Podratz of Palmdale; grandchildren Calvin, Emily, Hannah and Sam Johnson and Madeline Harris, Alexia and Brady Podratz; sisters Neva Kay (John) Hagen and Mary Alice (Robert) Elder of Melvern; half-sister Ruth Kitt of Overbrook, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charley and Thelma Lane. half-brothers Clifford and Harold Lane and son-in-law Courtney Harris.

Robert will be interred in his family plot in his beloved Kansas. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Robert’s name to the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church for the Sierra Service Project High School Mission trips or for the Desert Area Teachers Association Scholarship program.

Submitted by the family of Robert Lane

Story First Published: 2013-06-05