Leslie Myron Lane Jr.
( November 17, 1923 - January 20, 2020 )
Leslie Myron Lane Jr. “Babe” “Bear Tooth”, 96, passed away on January 20, 2020 at his home with close family by his side.
He was born in Connecticut but attended school in Tilton, NH where he and his brother Bud are honored and awarded a bronze plaque that is on the wall of his childhood school today. At the age of 17, he quit school, lied about his age to join the Navy in WW II with his brother Bud. Dedicated to serving his country, he was a Pacific War Gunner. He received 2 Purple Hearts for his service, he was shot down twice in the Pacific. While repairing plane propellers on a carrier in the Pacific the pilot opened full throttle, throwing him into a wall. He was hospitalized at a Navy Medical Center for over a year when his mother Mindy Lane gathered her natural herbs and jumped a train to go to him. She concocted a variety of natural medicine from the woods and made a poultice that she applied to his wounds and saved his life. She stayed with him until he recovered and they traveled back home by train together. He was Honorably Discharged from the Navy in 1950. After returning from the military he got his pilot’s license which he had until 1979. He was a pilot, owned airplanes, and loved every chance he got to get into his plane and fly, it was more than just a hobby to him, it was his passion that he held very dear. He flew with his brothers Bud and Arthur many times, as he was very proud of his family and the experiences, he was able to share with them for many years. Later on, in his life all his experience is what led him to build an air strip in Brownington, VT. He spent the last 40 years of his life visiting his family and maintaining lifelong friendships. He was very loving and loved by so many people. He married to his 2nd wife Dorothy Pearl Chase and was with her for 14 years until her passing in 1973, together they cared for and raised 5 children. He owned his own construction company, and equipment operating and repairs and would help many people with their construction equipment repairs. He shared a lifelong friendship with Ralph Swett that lasted over 60 years, which included traveling together, sharing the same values and hobbies. His tribal heritage was something he held sacred, Honorary Tribal Judge Bear Tooth and Chief Spirit Water (Ralph Swett) Founded the Clan of the Hawk in 1990 in Brownington, VT, which included the construction of all the buildings that are currently present on the reservation. The title of honorary tribal judge is something he held and maintained active in until his passing. He Attended pow wows with family and his lifelong friends for over 65 years. Rainbow was present for the first clan meeting and pow wow. First Light Drum, was present for Bear Tooth’s last birthday. Rainbow is just an example of how much he cherished friendship, family, and heritage. What started as a friendship with Homer Tinker, of Brownington, VT, quickly turned into feeling more like family. They lived together for many years, and loved taking trips together to the casino. For the last 25 years of his life he was cared, loved and looked after by only his family, which meant a lot to him. His daughters Harriet and Susan shared caretaking responsibilities prior to his grandson and granddaughter. For many years until his passing caretaking responsibilities where shared by Mark Benjamin, Richie Watt and Julie Benjamin. He always liked to have his family close no matter how far away they were, he would travel and work to establish relationships of which he cherished deeply. He was dedicated to serving his country, loved his family, and maintained unwavering loyalty to all he held dear including his lifelong friends. He cherished and was dedicated to walking his sacred native path and keeping his tribal heritage with him his entire life. He loved camping, campfires, fishing, hunting, gardening, traveling, going to the casino, and visiting family and friends. He also enjoyed sharing stories with Mike Chadwick.
He is survived by his children Shirley Nielson of FL, Susan Benjamin/ Michael of VT, Michael Lane of VT, Melonie Bell/ Warren of NH, grandchildren Julie Benjamin/Michael of MA, Timothy and Alan Jones of FL, Mark Benjamin and Richie Watt of VT, Joshua Benjamin/ Samantha of VT, Jason Benjamin/Samantha of VT, Samantha, Michael, Scott, and Adam Lane of VT, Michael Corbin/ Lisa Marie of NJ, Michelle Lamont/ David of NH, Christina Kellner/ Johnny of VT, Jason Chadwick of VT, Olivia, Jessica, Cody and Brian of NH, his great grandson Aaron Corbin, as well as 17 great granddaughters, 24 great grandsons, 3 great great granddaughters, and 2 great great grandsons. He also leaves behind a brother Arthur Lane of Maine and nieces and nephews, especially his special nephew Danny Lance who shared many memories and blessings with his uncle Babe, and countless friends and family. The family sends much love to Becky and Bill Gale.
He was predeceased by his parents Leslie and Mindy Lane, siblings, Ann, Chick, Virginia, Bud, Joe, Mindy, and Edna, his first wife Elaine and second wife Dorothy Pearl Chase, daughter Harriet Corbin, great granddaughter Elizabeth Anne L’Esperance, great grandson Nathan and step grandson Michael Chadwick, and daughter-in-law Jacentha Lane.
Online condolences may be made at curtis-britch.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch & Bouffard Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.