A funeral liturgy will be held for Gale LeRoy Lane, 84, at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas, Wyoming. Concelebrants Father Lucas Kazimiro Simango, Father Philip Vaske, and Father Andrew Duncan will be presiding. A public viewing and video tribute for Gale will be held at the church from 5:00 - 6:00 P.M. on Friday, January 29, 2021 with the vigil to follow at 6:00 P.M. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.
Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required. As an additional safety precaution, there will be no reception. The funeral liturgy will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.
Gale died peacefully on Thursday, January 21, 2021, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease that he handled with honor, dignity and humor. He spent his final days surrounded by love, with his family at his side.
Gale was born on Monday, November 23, 1936 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Roy Ulis and Pearl Sue (Burleson) Lane. In Missouri he began his career and raised his family, with his first wife, Leona. Together they enjoyed adventures and traveling with their children, Susan and Jeff. In between working and coaching, he also spent time as a law enforcement officer, and a portion of two years doing research for President Truman's memoirs. Being a cowboy at heart, he made a couple trips to visit Wyoming's wilderness, and fell in love. Following the death of his first wife, Leona, he and his children moved to Wyoming, where he was the principal of a new Douglas High School, from 1979-1997.
After settling in Wyoming, Gale's life continued to be full of one adventure after another, starting with his marriage to his current and beloved wife, Bonnie. They enjoyed a fulfilling career side-by-side at the high school. Gale's primary focus was his students, and he truly believed that they were "his children." He worked hard to develop a creditable curriculum, concurrent credit classes through Eastern Wyoming College, and advances in technology. He also enjoyed spending time as a sponsor for the DHS Rodeo Club. He maintained lifelong friendships with his colleagues. His three favorite phrases were: "What's in the best interest of the students?" They are a "cut above," and "Do what's right." He received numerous awards and honors during his career, in recognition of his hard work and dedication.
In addition to his life in education, Gale was dedicated to the Rotary Club and many hobbies, including collecting WWII memorabilia and carnival glass, target shooting, and all kinds of music. He loved the outdoors and shared many horseback rides and campfires with friends and family. He adored his children and grandchildren, and spent as much time with them as he could. He was a man who made friends everywhere he went, and he had a way of making people feel valued and important.
Gale is survived by his wife, Bonnie Lane, of Douglas, Wyoming; children, Susan (Larry) Stewart of Loveland, Colorado, and Jeffrey (Valerie) Lane of Casper, Wyoming; grandchildren, Alexander Scratchley, Eric Scratchley, Hunter Scratchley, Leona Kelly, Misty Lane, Shawn Lane, Alesha Lane, Stephanie Schmid, Kara Godi, Gina Culebro, Laura Melinkovich, Kenneshia Downing, Kurt Downing, and Korey Downing; and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of their children, Leona Marie Steimel, in 1975; his mother, Pearl, in 1984; and his father, Roy, in 1987.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Douglas High School Rodeo Club, Attention: Kim Schwarzkopf, P.O. Box 381, Douglas, Wyoming, 82633; or to the Wyoming Pioneer Association, P.O. Box 1545, Douglas, Wyoming 82633, would be appreciated by the family.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming, is in charge of the arrangements.
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