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Lane Carter Wickwire

June 16, 1939 - June 30, 2021

Lane Carter WickwireLane Carter Wickwire was born in June 1939 in Longview, Washington, to Boyd and Elizabeth Wickwire. He attended R.A. Long High School where he met Arjean, his beloved wife of 63 years. Lane died June 30, 2021 at age 82 in Salem, Oregon. He is survived by his wife, daughter Terri Kistler (Grant), son Robert (Julie) and daughter Susan Babcock (James), as well as by grandchildren Lauren and John Wickwire (Nina) and Jacob Babcock.
Lane received his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1961 from Oregon State University and began his career as a mechanical engineer in the paper industry. He had a long, successful career with Willamette Industries and retired as Division Vice President in 2002. He was awarded membership in the OSU Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2000. Lane was a loyal Beaver Believer.
An avid golfer throughout his life, Lane’s other hobbies included growing bonsai, woodworking, hunting and fishing. He lived a full and happy life and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
A memorial service for Lane will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Salem, OR, on Saturday, July 24, at 1 pm with a reception in the fellowship hall. A private family inurnment will be at Longview Memorial Park in Longview, WA. 
In lieu of flowers, Lane would be proud to have donations made in his name to the Tunnels to Towers program (Donate - Tunnel to Towers Foundation (, Tunnels to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10306, or to DAV housing for disabled veterans (Homeless Veterans - DAV).

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I will miss Lane so much. He was a class gentleman and very down to earth. I appreciated his wise council and unwavering support. I enjoyed many hours on the links with him. hitting and chasing that little white ball. RIP Lane

I didn't know Mr. Kistler, but I know his daughter, Terri. I imagine she a reflection of him in many ways - her fortitude, her sense of humor, her commitment to quality, and living a full and faithful life. Prayers for strength and comfort to be found in good memories and in one another during this time of grief. May you know and feel God's presence. 

I had the privilege of meeting Lane when my brother Grant Kistler married Lane’s daughter Terri Wickwire.  Grant always had good things to say about Lane so through the years I heard many stories about him and knew he was a well respected gentlemen.
My deepest sympathy and loving thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Lane. 

My great high school friend Lane!  I'm going to miss you guy, you were one of the reasons I got good grades and was in the top 10 percent of our graduating class. I followed your lead developing the study habits that helped get me into college later on.  I spent time at your home and really enjoyed my relationship with your Dad and Mom.  Caddying for your Dad at the Longview Country Club led to my first pair of eyeglasses after I lost three of his golf balls one Saturday.  He forgave me later!  He later was able get me employment at the Longview Fiber Co., which got me into college.  I could write a small book on what Lane and his parents did for me.  May God bless you in Heaven Lane and all your family and friends here on earth. See you on the otherside!!

I had the honor of working for Lane at Willamette Industries - a true mentor and an incredible boss.  So blessed that I got to continue the relationship with Lane and Jeannie after his retirement - will treasure the times we had in Palm Springs,  Will always remember the twinkle in his eye when he looked at Jean, a true love story!