1950 - 2010

Army Good Conduct Medal                    Staff Sergeant Insignia - Air Force                    National  Defense Service Medal




On Friday, February 26th, Charles Henry Lane, 60, of Lebanon, fell in the battle of cancer at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

A 1967 graduate of Lebanon Catholic High, he was the son of the late Edmund M. and Mildred C. nee Potteiger Lane.

He was most recently employed by Delstar in Richland. After being unemployed and becoming increasingly ill, he retired in September, 2009.

A military veteran, Charles served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1972. He re-enlisted into the United States Air Force where he served from 1972 to 1980, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. Tours of duty in both branches include, among others, Korea, Germany and Italy, and he served a short time in Vietnam while in transition of duty. He was also stationed at Air Force bases throughout the United States.

Charles, named Gray Bear, was most active in the Native American culture. He and his wife regularly attended Native American pow-wows and festivals in the region. He was the Master of Ceremonies of the Swift Horse Woman Native American Festival held annually at Mt. Aetna, and helped organize the Native American Healing Gathering held annually at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. The Mt. Aetna Festival and the VA Healing Gathering are both veteran associated events.

He was a member of the Project Welcome Home Committee which brought the Vietnam Moving Wall to Lebanon in 1995, and the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Fisher Veterans Park in 1997. He became the Chairman of the newly formed Project Welcome Home in 2007 for the tenth anniversary rededication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He stepped down as Chairman of the organization in 2008.

In early 2009, Project Welcome Home became a member organization of the Lebanon Veterans Advisory Council, where, in November, 2009 he was elected Vice President. He would become the acting President in December, 2009. He was also the Chairman, and organized the 2009 Veterans Day Program at Fisher Veterans Park.

Charles will be interred at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with full military honors.

Welcome Home, Chuck.