Robert Anthony Leopold Lane passed away peacefully in his sleep in Lehi, Utah, on September 21, 2023, at the age of eighty-seven. When he passed, his grandson Robert Lane II was holding his hand. He was born on June 16, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Mabel Kustler Lane.

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Robert met Siv at 30,000 feet above the air, while he was working as a flight navigator and she was a stewardess for Pan American World Airways. It was love at first flight.

During his life, Robert and Siv lived in Miami, Florida; West Berlin, Germany; the Seychelle Islands; and East Hebron, New Hampshire. They built their dream house by Lake Down in Windermere, Florida, where they stayed for thirty-seven years. Eighteen months ago, they moved to Lehi, Utah.

Robert played football for Bergenfield High School before attending Cornell University for two years. He left Cornell and joined the Marine Corps, starting as a private in the Marines. He served for four years in active duty and for sixteen years in the Marine Corps Reserves. He retired with the rank of Major.

He learned to fly a Piper Cub seaplane at age fourteen. He flew fighters and helicopters in the Marines. He was able to fulfill his boyhood dream of being a Captain on the Boeing 747, after decades of flying various jets for Pan American World Airways.

In retirement, he continued to fly single engine and multi-engine general aviation aircraft. He joined the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, rising to the position of Flotilla Commander in Tampa. He flew missions primarily to spot drug traffic in the Gulf of Mexico.

He was an active member of the Florida Flying Gators’ Ultralight Flying Club and prided himself being a flying octogenarian.

He was a devoted patriot, and hosted an annual Fourth of July “Splash-in” breakfast and lunch for seaplane pilots and friends at his lakefront home in Windermere. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle, particularly with his brother Skip. He had a soft heart, especially for animals.

He spent many hours reading, often underlining words and sentences with a red pencil; he loved to learn. He was interested in genealogy, and spent time taking classes to learn about how to research family history. He took nineteen years to complete his bachelor’s degree, all the while studying for bi-annual flight exams and reviews. He earned a degree from the University of New Hampshire, a law degree from LaSalle University, and diplomas and certificates from Rollins College, Indiana University, and Brigham Young University.

He loved his country and believed that “Eternal vigilance is the price of Freedom.” He memorized the Declaration of Independence as a child and never forgot it. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his family in 1978 and served faithfully in various positions.

A few of his favorite pearls of wisdom are:

“Maintain thy airspeed, lest Life is a constant search for truth. the earth rise up and smite thee” - Pappa Bear

“It is fruitless to wish you had started years ago. In the future you will wish you had started today.” - Pappa Bear

“Right is right even if no one is doing it;

wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.” - St. Augustine

He is already, and will continue to be, missed.

As his final act on earth (and first posthumous act) he joined the University of Utah Medical School by donating his body for medical education.

He is survived by Siv Katarina Sandin Lane, his wife of 57 years. He is lovingly remembered by his two brothers, Kenneth “Skip”, and Richard “Dick” Lane, and by his children Karin Lane Jaccard, Christel Lane Swasey, Kenneth Alfred Leopold Lane II, and Kathleen Lane Lowe. He is survived by his grandchildren, Annika Jaccard, Nicholas Jaccard, Max Jaccard, Christianna Osborn, Axel Burt, Adam Swasey, Sunny Swasey, Justin Swasey, Harrison Swasey, Katja Lane, Susanna Lane, Robert Lane II, Kyle Lowe, Erin Lowe, Gretchen Springer, Makayla Lowe, Hannah Lowe, and his grandson Mikko Osborn.

A memorial service will be held in Robert’s honor at Covington Senior Living, 301 North 1200 East in Lehi on Friday, September 29, 2023, at 2:00 pm Mountain time, 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

We express heartfelt thanks to the kind and attentive caregivers at Covington Senior Living for their service to Robert and Siv. Thank you to the caregivers and staff at Renew Hospice for helping make Robert’s transition gentle and smooth.

Interment will be at Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park in Bluffdale, Utah, at a later date.

Services

Memorial Service

Friday, Sep. 29, 2023 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Covington Senior Living
301 N 1200 E
Lehi, UT 84043

Family

  • Survived By
  • Siv Katarina Sandin Lane, Wife
  • Kenneth Wilbur Lane, Brother
  • Richard Ferdinand Lane, Brother
  • Karin Lane Jaccard, Daughter
  • Christel Lane Swasey, Daughter
  • Kenneth Alfred Leopold Lane, Son
  • Kathleen Lane Lowe, Daughter
  • Preceded in Death By
  • Kenneth Alfred Leopold Lane, Father
  • Mabel Kustler, Mother

Life Story Info

Author

Karin Jaccard

Post Date

Sep 23, 2023

Personal Info

Born

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Died

Lehi, Utah, United States

Age

87

Gender

Male

Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint

Occupation

Airline Pilot

Military Affiliation

  • Marine Corps

Worked For

  • Pan American World Airways
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En sista hälsning till dig Robert.

För mig var du en fin och klok människa.

Har ofta i mitt liv återberättat till andra

vad du berättat, beskrivande och intressant

och som för alltid stannar i mitt minne.

Kramar till er alla i familjen Lane.

Anneli Olson Sep 27, 2023

En sista hälsning till dig Robert.

För mig var du en fin och klok människa.

Har ofta i mitt liv återberättat till andra

vad du berättat, beskrivande och intressant

och som för alltid stannar i mitt minne.

Kramar till er alla i familjen Lane.

Anneli Olson Sep 27, 2023

En sista hälsning till dig Robert.

För mig var du en fin och klok människa.

Har ofta i mitt liv återberättat till andra

vad du berättat, beskrivande och intressant

och som för alltid stannar i mitt minne.

Kramar till er alla i familjen Lane.

Anneli Olson Sep 27, 2023

En sista hälsning till dig Robert.

För mig var du en fin och klok människa.

Har ofta i mitt liv återberättat till andra

vad du berättat, beskrivande och intressant

och som för alltid stannar i mitt minne.

Kramar till er alla i familjen Lane.

Anneli Olson Sep 27, 2023

En sista hälsning till dig Robert.

För mig var du en fin och klok människa.

Har ofta i mitt liv återberättat till andra

vad du berättat, beskrivande och intressant

och som för alltid stannar i mitt minne.

Kramar till er alla i familjen Lane.

Anneli Olson Sep 27, 2023

En sista hälsning till dig Robert.

För mig var du en fin och klok människa.

Har ofta i mitt liv återberättat till andra

vad du berättat, beskrivande och intressant

och som för alltid stannar i mitt minne.

Kramar till er alla i familjen Lane.

Anneli Olson Sep 27, 2023

I'm pasting memories that people have said about him from Facebook

Debbie Reynolds-I’ll always remember gathering at their home and watching the seaplanes come in. Your dad was wonderful!

Stacey Hopfer- Your dad is an amazing man who influenced many with his words of wisdom. He will be missed

Nell Moseley- He and Siv were such a gracious pair whenever I was in their home. Siv and I always teased Robert, that whenever he went to the store or to any place, that he didn’t just have a trip, he always had an adventure. He would regale us with some funny stories about his trip whenever he returned home. He will be missed.

Joy Tucker Parsons-He was a wonderful person

Shannon Reynolds Kilgore-I have many fond memories of your parents!

Melanie Gleason Darcy- He was an incredible man.

Kim Harrington- We have so many wonderful memories ❤️❤️

Tiffany Maitland-I absolutely loved your dad.

Cindy Boyd- I appreciate words of your Father from a pilot's perspective when we talked about a plane crash.

Becky Wren-Farbror Bobbin was always larger than life in my eyes!

Lisa Hill-They were dear friends and a lovely family! One of my favorite memories is when Bob took me flying in his plan to the Grand Cayman Islands with Siv and her friend Gaby.

Karen Miner-I will never forget the 4th of July fly ins at the Windermere house. What an amazing man Robert Lane was and is. Even in death he was thinking of others. He and Siv created a wonderful life and family together. Now he’s gone ahead to prepare for the next life together. I’m so grateful they have touched my life so sweetly.

Allison Scherer- Such a great man!

Derek Coates- Such sweet people to me always.

Kelli Sugihara-My sincere condolences. When I lived with your family in Berlin (way back in 1980), he was always kind to me. It was my first time living away from home--he was patient, funny and generous with his life lessons. He took me with him to a conference in Frankfurt and gave me his opinion of the young men who asked me out. It was an awkward time in my life and I will always remember his kindness. 💜

Melanie Ambs-When I think of your dad I remember how welcoming he always was when mom and I would go over. He was a dear friend with my dad and their common flying experiences. You have such a special family and even though that your mom is so far away and your dad has passed on. I miss them but will always have such special memories.

Rick Stanley-I am so sorry to hear this back in the day we had a lot of good talks together. He was a good friend.

Sarah Broadbent Steed-Your dad was so funny and nice during that fun week we had before you got married Kathleen.

Kathleen Lowe , Winter Garden, FL, US Sep 25, 2023

I'm pasting memories that people have said about him from Facebook

Debbie Reynolds-I’ll always remember gathering at their home and watching the seaplanes come in. Your dad was wonderful!

Stacey Hopfer- Your dad is an amazing man who influenced many with his words of wisdom. He will be missed

Nell Moseley- He and Siv were such a gracious pair whenever I was in their home. Siv and I always teased Robert, that whenever he went to the store or to any place, that he didn’t just have a trip, he always had an adventure. He would regale us with some funny stories about his trip whenever he returned home. He will be missed.

Joy Tucker Parsons-He was a wonderful person

Shannon Reynolds Kilgore-I have many fond memories of your parents!

Melanie Gleason Darcy- He was an incredible man.

Kim Harrington- We have so many wonderful memories ❤️❤️

Tiffany Maitland-I absolutely loved your dad.

Cindy Boyd- I appreciate words of your Father from a pilot's perspective when we talked about a plane crash.

Becky Wren-Farbror Bobbin was always larger than life in my eyes!

Lisa Hill-They were dear friends and a lovely family! One of my favorite memories is when Bob took me flying in his plan to the Grand Cayman Islands with Siv and her friend Gaby.

Karen Miner-I will never forget the 4th of July fly ins at the Windermere house. What an amazing man Robert Lane was and is. Even in death he was thinking of others. He and Siv created a wonderful life and family together. Now he’s gone ahead to prepare for the next life together. I’m so grateful they have touched my life so sweetly.

Allison Scherer- Such a great man!

Derek Coates- Such sweet people to me always.

Kelli Sugihara-My sincere condolences. When I lived with your family in Berlin (way back in 1980), he was always kind to me. It was my first time living away from home--he was patient, funny and generous with his life lessons. He took me with him to a conference in Frankfurt and gave me his opinion of the young men who asked me out. It was an awkward time in my life and I will always remember his kindness. 💜

Melanie Ambs-When I think of your dad I remember how welcoming he always was when mom and I would go over. He was a dear friend with my dad and their common flying experiences. You have such a special family and even though that your mom is so far away and your dad has passed on. I miss them but will always have such special memories.

Rick Stanley-I am so sorry to hear this back in the day we had a lot of good talks together. He was a good friend.

Sarah Broadbent Steed-Your dad was so funny and nice during that fun week we had before you got married Kathleen.

Kathleen Lowe , Winter Garden, FL, US Sep 25, 2023

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