BATH — Manley E. Lane, 71, of Bath, died Jan. 8, following a long illness. 

He was born Dec. 12, 1943, in Howland, the only son of Adrian and Thelma (Shorey) Lane. A pastor for nearly 45 years, he touched many lives, not only in Bath, but throughout Maine and in other parts of the world.

Lane began his vocation at age 19, at the Community Church of Unity. He went on to serve two years at the First Baptist Church, in Sedgwick. He and his wife, Brenda, then spent three years as missionaries on the island of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles.

Upon returning to Maine, he led the Bible Baptist Church in Wiscasset for nine years. He and his family then moved to Bath, where he started and pastored the Open Bible Baptist Church for nearly 25 years.

Lane was predeceased by his parents.

Surviving are his wife, of Bath; a son, Scott A. Lane, of Edgecomb; three daughters, Laurie Spear and husband Jonathan, of Wiscasset, Lisa M. Lapointe, of Bath, and Miriam J. Cook, of Sabattus; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

The family would like to thank all those who gave selflessly to Lane’s comfort, especially the staff of Beacon Hospice Services and Parkview Adventist Medical Center.

Visiting hours and a service were held Monday at the Open Bible Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church’s missions fund.

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