John Lane

John A. Lane Jr.

November 30, 1938 - December 23, 2019
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John Ainslie "Johnny" Lane, Jr., 81, a resident of Annapolis, MD for twenty-nine years and previously of Ellicott City, MD, died of congestive heart failure and two strokes on December 23, 2019 at his home with his wife and daughter by his side after showing a lifetime of love to them both. Born on November 30, 1938 in Baltimore, MD to the late Eva Margret Buetefisch and John Ainslie Lane, Sr., Johnny was a 1957 graduate of Howard High School and studied electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University for two years. He was a retired Captain with United Airlines where he was based in Chicago, Washington, DC, Honolulu, San Francisco and New York. He flew Boeing 737, 727, 757, 767 and his favorite, 747 (100, 200 and 400). Johnny was an elder at the Ellicott City Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and a member of the Annapolis North Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. In his younger years he enjoyed racing corvettes and later he was fond of flying airplanes, model railroading, sailing, water and snow skiing and horseback riding, all of which he gladly taught his friends. Most of all, it touched his heart to teach people the wonderful purpose that Jehovah God and Jesus Christ have for them in heaven and on the Paradise, Earth. He found joy in seeing people taking life-changing steps to benefit themselves and others and to have a close relationship with their Creator. Johnny is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth Ann Smith-Lane; daughter, Tamara Ann Lane-Wilson and "adopted" son in law, Kevin Lee Wilson both of Bowie, MD. Friends are invited to celebrate Johnny's life at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD on Monday, December 30 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 pm. Funeral service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 65 Tarragon Lane, Edgewater, MD 21037 on Tuesday, December 31 at 10 am. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Annapolis, MD. Contributions may be made to the Jehovah's Witnesses at Kingdom Hall at the address above, (, or Alzheimer’s Assoc. 1850 York Rd., Ste D, Timonium, MD 21093.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 30th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Monday, December 30th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, December 30th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, December 30th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 10:00am
    Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
    65 Tarragon Lane
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
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  • Interment

    Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery
    1911 Forest Drive
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Donald Niebrugge

Posted at 04:34pm
Johnny, I didn't know you but I love you and Jehovah has brought us together. My wife and I pioneer in Belize and I loved many of things you did. so in the resurrection we will meet by Brother. Our sincere sympathy to you sisters (wife and daughter) may you find comfort in the truth about John and Hope in the bibles promises.
Don and Illiana Niebrugge

George Molnar

Posted at 10:38am
My now deceased wife Linda once said of John: “He is probably the most easy going person I have ever met. Everybody would like John.” It has been my privilege to know John and Ruth Ann. It will truly be a blessing when our living God awakens John in the new world to come. George Molnar


Bunny Mazzola

Posted at 09:11am
Bill and I arrived in Florida Sunday and went to Skinnys at Homes Beach passing by Bradenton and thinking of you. Only to find the obit a few days later. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are in Englewood, so if you venture to Florida give us a call

Bill and Bunny Mazzola

Rebecca and bob hoffman

Posted at 10:22am
Dear Ruth and Tamara are prays are with u during this trying time of the lost of your dear father and husband .Tamara Bob and Rebecca are here your you always love you Rebecca hoffman

Daphna Schwartz

Posted at 01:58pm
My favorite memories of Uncle John are sailing, skiing, playing airplane simulator games, and of course, seeing his awesome train table! I am sincerely sorry he is gone.

With deepest sympathy and love,

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