Robert E. Lano, 84, of Oak Harbor, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, in Cottage Cove at Riverview Senior Health Care Campus in Oak Harbor, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren.
He was born June 14, 1923, in Port Clinton, the son of the now deceased Charles and Antoinette (Schmitt) Lano. His skills as a welder and fabricator provided years of support on the family farm where he made his loving home with Mary and their six children. Bob retired in 1987 from the DeVilbis Co. where he was employed as a welding engineer.
Bob was a proud veteran of World War II serving as an elite Marine Raider, 4th Battalion, of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific area and the Central Pacific area and participated in battles in Emirau Island, St. Matthias Group, Guam and Marianas Island. He was wounded in action in Guam July 26, 1944, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He then spent a year and one day in naval hospitals. Bob was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and VFW; was a charter member of the Marine Raider Association; and a member of the Lou Diamond Chapter of the Marine Corps League.
Surviving are his daughters, Maureen (Carl) Blum of Boonton Twp., N.J., Kate (Denny) Howerth of Port Clinton, Susie (Mark) Charlton of Oak Harbor and Roberta (Mike) Watson of Pickerington; son, Richard (Jami) Lano of Port Clinton; and son-in-law, Mike Pahl of Pickerington; 14 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; brother, Jack Lano of Anaheim, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Hopfinger) on June 14, 2003; daughter, Teddy Pahl on Feb. 13, 2002; and his parents.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday in Neidecker, LeVeck and Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton, where Marine Corps League services will be 11 a.m. Monday followed by burial in Riverview Cemetery with full graveside military rites.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice or THE St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.