Gary Thomas Lane

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Gary Thomas Lane, 78, died December 11, 2019 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington. Born November 8, 1941 in Glasgow, he was the son of the late Glen Wilson and Trixie McCandless Lane. Gary graduated from Greensburg High school, earned an Associate Degree at Lindsey Wilson College, earned his Bachelor of Science Degree at Berea College, and earned both his Masters and PhD at Purdue University. He began his career as a Professor at Texas A&M University in the Animal Science Department and then came to the University of Kentucky to join the Animal Science Department there. He began work at Burkmann Feeds as an Animal Nutritionist in 1986 and retired in 2006. Gary was a member of the American Dairy Science Association, the American Society of Animal Science, the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, and an Officer of the Lindsey Wilson College Alumni Board. He was an Elder, Trustee, and faithful member of Indian Hills Christian Church. An avid fisherman, gardener, golfer, and photographer; he shared his hobbies, his love of UK sports, and his strong faith with his family and many friends. He is predeceased by a sister, Charlotte Turner, and two brothers, Ronald Wilson Lane and Mark Brown Lane. He is survived by his wife, Doris Jean McKinney Lane; three daughters, Marsha Dawn Lane, Valerie Susan Lane (Ben) Bloom, Amy Lou (Rusty) Chaney all of Danville; four grandchildren, Sarah (Jordan) Dean, Brandon (Kenna) Thompson, Abigail Thompson, Ava Lane Bloom; great-grandson, Thomas Lane Dean and step-grandson, Cameron Chaney; a brother, Teddy (Carolyn) Lane of Glasgow and a brother-in-law, Jimmy Turner of Russell Springs. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and in-laws. The celebration of life will be 1 p.m., Monday, December 16, 2019 at Indian Hills Christian Church. Reverend Jim Cooper will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brandon Thompson, Mike Lane, Ben Bloom, Rusty Chaney, Jordan Dean, and John Edd Tucker. Honorary pallbearers will be The Barnabas Sunday School Class. Visitation will be after 3 p.m., Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Indian Hills Christian Church and after 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the 1 p.m. service. Memorial donations are suggested to Indian Hills Christian Church. Visitation: after 3 pm, Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Indian Hills Christian Church in Danville Funeral: 1 pm, Monday, December 16, 2019 at Indian Hills Christian Church in Danville Burial: Bellevue Cemetery

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  1. I first met Dr Lane as a student at the UK College of Agr yrs ago where he was a professor. He treated students with respect and was admired by all. Dr Lane was a gentleman then and gentleman throughout his life. He will be missed by many. Condolences to the Lane family.

  2. I am just heart broken. Gary Lane was a dear friend and colleague. We started our careers at Texas A&M about the same time, and our families were really close for several years. I miss him already. To Doris and the family, may you find Peace in the coming days. God bless. Gary D Potter

  3. To Marsha and the rest of the Gary Lane family, We send our love and sympathy at the passing on of Gary. We pray that the Holy Spirit will give you peace during this time of grief. David is a very good friend of Marsha and they talk frequently on the phone and he sends his love to all the family. We are sorry we can\’t come to Danville for the services since we now live in Winston Salem, NC but we will support your family in prayer during this period. The Kelly\’s

  4. Please know that we are thinking of the Lane family. Even though you no longer lived on Secretariat, many neighbors (including the Marshalls) remember you with fondness and respect. With sympathy Arnold & Bess Marshall

  5. Gary was always a Godly man and a leader in the church. Gary led by example not only in church but in his personal life as well. Thank you Gary Lane for leading and loving all of us. Doris – Marsha – Amy – Susan and other family members our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. I know you are prepared to handle this with your faith and the love that you know Gary had for all of you. We are sending hugs and prayers of support to you.

  6. I learned Sunday evening of Gary\’s death. Gary and I were students together at Lindsey Wilson College. Our sophmore year eight of us lived together in what we called \”The 50 – 50 Lodge\”. This group of young men had a tremendous experience together. We became a community of respect and responsibility. My condolences to the family as you celebrate and grieve the death of your loved one. Gary was a person of faith who modeled what life and community should be. May God\’s loving presence bless you in this special time. May God\’s comfort sustain you now and always. I know that Gary\’s faith, values and living shall always be a legacy to your family but know that his life and example has impacted many during his lifetime. Thanks be to God for the gift of love expressed and lived by the life and journey of Dr. Gary Lane.

  7. Doris – Marsha – Amy – Susan, We are thinking of you today. Gary was special to Monty and Hazel because he shared the Berea experience with us. Remember the sheep projects. We have been grateful for your friendship and for Marsha\’s keeping up with Amy so we could hear from you. Your family has been a real blessing to our family especially during those years when Monty and Gary worked together at UK. We know many people are grateful for Gary for what he did to encourage them in school and in their work. Monty has been gone 15 years this year but we are grateful for his life and the wonderful people he brought into our lives. Blessings always.

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