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Paul Roger Lane

A beloved man departed from this world and his cherished ones on March 15, 2024. Paul Roger Lane, a man of humble demeanor, built a loving home with his wife, Marilyn, here in Ridgecrest. They were not just a couple but a team, enjoying their travels, their children, hunting, fishing, playing cards, and, most importantly, each other.

Roger Lane

He was born in Bergenfield, NJ., entered military service on the 7th of February 1962, and married his lovely wife Marilyn Saville on the 31st of January 1964 in El Paso, Texas. After leaving the service, he returned home to Ridgecrest and worked at Champs grocery store before beginning work at China Lake. He worked in the machine shop on base for several years, then decided to try something different and moved to a town near Susanville called Chester, where Roger worked at a sawmill. They returned to Ridgecrest, and he resumed working at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center until retirement. Roger and Marilyn then became full-time RVers and traveled extensively, seeing the country. Later, they moved to Louisiana to be near Marilyn’s family. Roger enjoyed the lakes and rivers of Louisiana. He fished whenever possible and enjoyed exploring the waterways around Lake Charles. They eventually moved back to Ridgecrest to be closer to their children (Sue and Jim) and other family. Roger and Marilyn cherished each other with every waking moment up to the time of her passing.

Roger is preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Susie Griffith; son, James Witham; parents, Paul William Lane and Helen Clara Lane; sisters, Audrey Theobald, Evelyn Holske, and Phyllis Lilly; and brother, James Lane. He is survived by Helen Fessler, Donald (Dale) Lane, and numerous nieces and nephews.

On May 25th, Roger will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Marilyn, and their son, James Witham, at Desert Memorial Park at 10:00 AM. This is not just a farewell but a celebration of Roger’s life, a life filled with love, adventure, and dedication. We invite you to join us in this celebration at the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge immediately Following the graveside service.