Life Story for Harold Lane "Lane" Thurman
Lane Thurman was born Dec. 19, 1934, to Bryan and Jewel Thurman, in Alexandria, La. Lane earned a BS degree from Louisiana Tech University. He married Nancy Lay on June 7, 1957. They have 4 boys: Steve, Randy, Kevin, and Robert; with wives Anna, Beth, and Mikel. They also have seven grandchildren: Stephanie, Ryan, Parker, Davis, Connor, Nick, and Delaney; and four great-grandchildren Logan, Riley, Isaiah, and Willow; and extended family.
Lane was a young boy on a dairy farm and sold his grandfather’s watermelons and delivered papers. He was a high school and college football player (which he had to hide from his mother), and then a USDA soil conservationist, which took him from Louisiana to Colorado to Missouri. He was a hunter, fisherman, pilot (which brings up many stories), farmer, gardener, and Mr. Fix-it for everyone and everything. He taught his sons and their friends how to hunt, fish, garden, repair, and be a man.
To neighbors and friends, there was nothing he couldn’t do, from the well to the yard to the house. Nobody was excluded from his talent and knack for being able to figure out what needed to be done. He was who you went to for everything.
But most importantly, he was Dad and Papa. It wasn’t the big fish he caught or the deer he seemed to get every year, about 30 minutes into opening day, that he bragged or talked about. It was the kids, three generations of kids, which were everything to him. Every ball game, recital, school play -- it didn’t matter, as long as one of his kids were in it. He loved his girls, the wives and granddaughters, more than anything else on the planet, and made sure they and you knew it.
The true sadness of his passing is the loss of his love and compassion, which will be felt by all those who knew him. He made everyone a better person, unknowingly creating a legacy of always helping and caring about your neighbor, which will be continued by the people he touched.
Family will receive friends and relatives from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29 at Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at Rivermonte, 4500 S. Lone Pine, Springfield, MO. A Celebration on Lane’s life will follow at 2 o’clock with burial at Rivermonte Memorial Gardens following the service.