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Services for the Rev. William T. Lane, 82, of Grand Island, a retired United Church of Christ minister, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Rome Cemetery.

Mr. Lane, a native of Rome, died Monday (Jan. 24, 2000) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness.

He graduated from high school in Rome and received a bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College in Illinois. He received his bachelor of divinity degree from Eden Seminary in Webster Grove, Mo., and was ordained in 1944.

His first ministry was in Warren, Pa., where he conducted a service in German, followed by another in English for members of his church.

He was considered an expert on the Old Testament and was a lecturer at the University at Buffalo. He served on several committees with the Western New York Synod and was a past member of the Church of the Minority Committee for the United Church of Christ.

Mr. Lane retired in 1988 but after that served as an interim pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ on Amherst Street in Buffalo. He received the God and Service recognition award from the Boy Scouts of America and his denomination for "giving exceptionally of time and talent to serve youth in the name and to the glory of God."

It was under his counsel and leadership that 24 young men became Eagle Scouts and three received God and Country awards. He also was a member of the Order of the Arrow.

After his retirement, he "filled in" as weekend minister for several churches.

Survivors include his wife, the former Willa Beals; two sons, Gary of the Town of Tonawanda and David of Amherst; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


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