Norman Lane

Norman Lane, 90, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Carlisle Care Center in Carlisle, Iowa.

Mass of the Resurrection was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson, celebrated by Father Donald Reis. Lectors were Darcy Hathaway and Jordan Russell. Dick Davis was the altar server. Eucharistic Ministers were Teresa Skalla, Mike Piepel and Isabel Smith. Casket bearers were Mark Lane, Kelly Lane, Nate Lane, Jon Lane, Trent Barnes, Chad Barnes and Patrick Lane. Music was by Kristen Heupel and David Heupel. Recessional was by 1999 Opus Boys Choir, directed by Matt Schutt. Steve McCoy and Tim McCoy were ushers. A private family interment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Norman Eugene Lane was born in Jefferson, Iowa on December 29, 1927. He was the son of Bruce and Bonnie (Vought) Lane. Norman graduated from Jefferson High School in 1945. Norman was a life-long Ram fan, with at least one child, grandchild, or great-grandchild attending school in Jefferson continuously from 1957 through 2006.

Norman married Mary Frances George on September 9, 1950. They became parents of seven children. Norman’s love for people was skillfully applied to his work as a life insurance and annuities salesman for the Central Life Assurance Company (AmerUs Life). Norman’s family could always tell when it had been a good day at work because of his “policy grin.”

Norman was a faithful member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson. In retirement, he volunteered for ten years as the Wednesday afternoon catechism bus driver. Saint Joe’s children were always greeted with a smile and a piece of red licorice. Norman’s heart for service extended beyond his church. During the Christmas season, he took pleasure in becoming Santa Norm. Norman once remarked in a Jefferson Herald feature, “I love watching their eyes when they first see me. Their eyes light up like Christmas trees.”

Norman’s greatest love was his family. He took great pride in the life and work accomplishments of his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to visit, and after any conversation with Norm you would be fully caught up on the life events of every member of his extended family.     

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Mary Frances; son, Jon Michael Lane; daughter, Mary Jean Elizabeth Lane; brother, Charles and sister, Alice.

Survivors include his daughter, Mary Jo Nickless (Bryan) of Omaha, Neb.; four sons: Thomas Lane (Kathy) of Des Moines, Mark Lane (Marilyn) and David Lane (Rhena) all of Jefferson and Matthew Lane (Fiona) of Ocala, Fla.; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jack Lane of Indiana.

Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home.

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