Howard "Hubbie" Lane

Howard “Hubbie” J. Lane, 80, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at his home. He was born on April 16, 1935, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Martin and Clara “Hazel” (Wilson) Lane.

Howard Lane

He spent most of his life in Leavenworth. He was employed at several places in his lifetime including Missouri Valley Steel, Mount Muncie Cemetery, Cushing Hospital and was most recently employed at Balls Price Chopper, where he formed lifelong friendships. Howard never met a stranger.

On Sept. 26, 1968, Howard married Phyllis “Nadine” Gillaspie. They were married for 47 years and she survives him. He is also survived by six daughters, Deborah (Gene) Poff, Karen Melton, Dawn Ekstrom, Connie (Harold) Poe, Penny (Bob) Barrette and Michelle (Mark) Hoag; and a son, Leo (Amy) Vanwey; two sisters, Dorothy Williams and Hazel “Torch” Moreland; a brother, William “Billy” Lane; two half-sisters, Betty and Bobbie; a half-brother, Gene; extended family, Gary and Gloria Nussman and Nancy and Tom Baughman; 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and many family and friends. Howard was extremely proud of each and every one of them.

Music was always a big part of his life. He started playing music at a young age along with his brothers. All of his brothers taught themselves how to play, teaching Howard, and helping each other along the way. He soon become a member of several country western band. He eventually started his own band, Hubbie Lane and the Ranch Hands.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jimmie, a granddaughter, Sarah Barrette; a grandson-in-law, Kevin Donald; a sister, Mary Sigford; and two brothers, Martin “Jim” Lane and Lee “Luke” Lane.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.