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Special series featuring the notable current and former Lima residents memorialized on the mural in downtown Lima


“If you are his friend, you are his friend for life.”

the419 sat down with Dick Lane’s wife Mary Lane to learn about the founder of Lane’s Moving & Storage. Photos and descriptions courtesy Mary Lane.

Story by Janet Ferguson
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Dick Lane learned the importance of a strong work ethic at a very young age.

"This was taken the night of the Toast when I surprised him for his birthday. We walked into the place where they were having the get together and there was a program of events and he asked, “What’s my name doing in that program?” and I ignored him and he asked again and I told him to look up and he saw the mural - he was shocked," said Mary.

“This was taken the night of the Toast when I surprised him for his birthday. We walked into the place where they were having the get together and there was a program of events and he asked, “What’s my name doing in that program?” and I ignored him and he asked again and I told him to look up and he saw the mural – he was shocked,” said Mary.

“He was born in a small coal mining town in Kentucky before moving to Lima at age six. His dad passed away when he was young,” said his wife, Mary Lane.

“He learned very early on how to work. There weren’t very many people whose parents could give carte blanche and just let them have whatever they wanted at that time – everything they had, they earned,” she said.

Dick started in the moving business after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1962.

He spent the next 14 years working for small moving companies in Lima in all capacities and gained experience in all facets of the moving industry.

When Dick and his late wife Janet began Lane’s Movers in 1974, it was a labor of love.

“Janet was very instrumental in the startup,” explained Mary.

Mary says she nominated her husband for the downtown Lima for good reason.

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Dick started in the moving business after his discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1962

“He has loved Lima his whole life – and not just the town, but the people in it,” said Mary. “When he started his business, he took a big risk. He wanted to try and do something that would not only be successful, but that would help the community.”

At the time of incorporation, Lane’s Movers had 4 trucks and 6 employees.

“There has always been a loyalty between him and his employees. He truly cares for people. He’s been fortunate to have wonderful employees through the years and we often hear it is a great place to work,” she said.

“That means the world to him.”

Lane’s Movers has grown to 26 employees and 22 trucks.

Mary says as the company grew, Dick became more comfortable behind the scenes – especially when it comes to giving back to the community.

“He’s not shy or introverted, he just doesn’t like to make a show of helping, he’s very much in the background,” she said.

1949 Chevy ¾ Tin

Dick collects antique cars and trucks. Pictured here with a 1949 Chevy ¾ Tin.

Among the causes the couple care about are the Equestrian Therapy Program and Trinity United Methodist, where they attend church.

“People that know him know they can count on him for support every step of the way,” she said.

Dick retired from the business in 2009, passing on the torch to his sons, Todd , Jeff and Mike.

Retired life has given Dick a chance to explore his hobbies.

Dick collects antique cars and trucks. Pictured here with a 1935 Chevy Half Ton.

Dick collects antique cars and trucks. Pictured here with a 1935 Chevy Half Ton.

“Oh, he loves to golf – he’s had 3-holes-in-one,” she proudly shared. “Two at the Shawnee Country Club and one at our winter home at Lexington Country Club in Ft. Myers.”

Dick also collects antique cars and trucks and enjoys taking them to car shows.

As for something that may surprise people about her husband?

“He’s pretty much an open book. He’s a big man and can be intimidating, but he’s very easy to get along with,” she said.

“If you are his friend, you are his friend for life.”

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