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The Reverend Oren J. Lane

January 5, 1940 November 6, 2009
The Reverend Oren J. Lane
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St. Albans, VT – The Reverend Oren J. Lane, former pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, died in the early hours of the morning on November 6, 2009, at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with his family and close friends at his side. Born in Gloversville, NY on January 5, 1940, he was the beloved son of Russell M. Lane and Bernice Dutcher Lane. He attended school in Mayfield, NY and went on to Springfield College and Boston University from which he graduated with a Masters of Theology degree. He was ordained into the Troy Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and held pastorates in Saranac, Fort Edward, Sanford’s Ridge, Warrensburg and Bolton Landing, NY. In 1980 he was appointed to the Puffer and Wolcott United Methodist Churches in northern-central Vermont, which he served for 10 years. For fourteen years, he was the pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in St. Albans until he retired in July of 2004. Prior to his retirement, Oren was involved in the church conference activities as a Conference Trustee; a Skye Farm Camps Off Season Manager; a member of the Search Committee for a new Vermont campsite, now located in Cabot, VT; a member of the Site Committee for the Covenant Hills Christian Camp; a Camp Director for Off Site Canoe Camps for twenty-five years and an onsite director for three years. He was the Conference Photographer for almost thirty years. Oren had strong ties with each community in which he served. He was involved as a firefighter in Saranac, NY; a member of the Glens Falls Operetta Club, and the Glens Falls Camera Club; he was the Hospice Chaplain for Lamoille Home Health Agency for ten years, and the Chaplain for Hospice of Franklin County Home Health for fourteen years. At the Samaritan House Homeless Shelter, he was not only a very involved and supportive member, he was also on the Board of Directors as the president. He also assisted the shelter in finding its first permanent location and the renovations of the site. Oren was a lifelong photographer with an amazing eye for beauty, light and color. He had a passion for many kinds of music. During his college years, he sang with the Springfield College Glee Club and the Scotchmen Singers; and with the Boston University Seminary Singers. He also took part in the Glens Falls Operetta Club and choirs with all of the churches in which he served. He played trumpet in his high school band and reacquainted himself with the instrument again just prior to retirement while playing in the Joyful Jazz group at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and the Fairfax-Fairfield-Westford Band. Oren had a strong connection with nature and a love for the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking, and taught his family to love these activities with him. He loved people from all walks of life and was well loved in return. His sense of humor is legendary, as are his behind-the-corner-of-the-barn shots with the basketball when he shot “hoops” with his sons and many kids from the neighborhood. He excelled at racquetball, playing a game of psychological warfare, outwitting his opponents, sometimes bringing them to tears. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Connie; two sons, David (of Hamden, CT) and Stephen (of Bristol, VT); two “chosen” daughters, Dale Walsh with her husband Jim, and Erica DeBellis with her husband David, all of St. Albans; and seven grandsons: Colin and Zachary Lane, Birch McGee Lane, Jackson and Joseph Walsh, and Nicolas and Jacob DeBellis. A Service of Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in St. Albans at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Anne Torrance Bachman will officiate, assisted by the Reverends Herman Benjamin, William Lasher and Clark Callender. A reception will follow at the church. Friends may call at the Heald Funeral Home on Friday, November 13, 2009, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The burial will be at the convenience of the family and a private service will be held. Gifts in Oren’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., St. Albans, VT 05478, or to the Samaritan House, 20 Kingman St., Suite #1, St. Albans, VT 05478. Online condolences may be made at Thank you to all who touched Oren’s life and made his last years enjoyable, memorable, and full of laughter.

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