Eddie Ray Lane, 66, of Granite City, passed away at 5:18 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at his home.
He was born Sept. 29, 1949, in Granite City, a son of Mabel (Rainwater) Lane of Granite City and the late Edward Lane. Eddie retired in 2005 from the Teamster’s Local 525 in Alton after 30 years of dedicated service as a truck driver. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and was the recipient of a Bronze Star and numerous other medals and recognitions. He attended the Johnson Road Baptist Church in Granite City and was a member of the AMVETS. He was an avid fisherman and loved his days of fishing. He had a special passion for music from his early days of being in a band and still enjoyed playing the guitar and banjo. He traveled throughout the years and attended many festivals along the way. He will be remembered for the love of his family and special times shared with his family and many friends.
In addition to his beloved mother, he is survived by a niece, Michelle, and husband, Terry Mims of Maryville; great-niece, Taylor Mims of Maryville and fiancé, Brandon Fuller of Granite City; great-nephew, Brendan Mims of Maryville; brother-in-law, Edward and Barb Burlison of Granite City; uncles; cousins; other extended family and friends. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Faye Burlison; and a niece, Melissa Burlison.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, with the Rev. Larry Blankley officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.