David W Lane

June 19, 1943January 7, 2021

David W. Lane, 77, of Niantic, CT, passed away Jan. 7, 2021.

David was born with a midwife attending in a farmhouse located in the southwestern corner of Worth County, Mo. His parents later moved to a small farm located just west of Blockton, Iowa. In 1945 his parents purchased a farm outside of St. Joseph, Mo. where David grew up and attended Lindbergh elementary school and Lafayette High School. He graduated high school in 1961 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy trained David to be a nuclear operator aboard submarines.

David retired from the Navy after 22 years of service to his country serving in nine different U.S. submarines. After retiring from the Navy, David was employed by a defense and government contractor where he performed work as an engineer in the commercial nuclear power industry. In 1987 David formed a construction company that specialized in new home construction and home improvements. He built several houses in the Old Lyme area including his own home.

He married Judith Elder in 1971, and during that marriage he gave her the gift of life by donating a kidney. He remarried in 2007 to Linda (Silansky) Tyler. Linda survives him and lives in Niantic. Linda has been his caretaker through the progression of ALS.

He is also survived by his sister Twyla Jo Lane of Loveland, Colo.; and a stepdaughter Kimberly Tyler of Chester. He was predeceased by his former wife Judith; his parents; a brother Kenneth Lane; and a stepson Mark Tyler.

David will be buried in Fairview Cemetery, Scottsbluff, Neb. alongside his parents and brother. All services in Connecticut will be private.

Donations in his memory and to help others afflicted with ALS may be made to: ALS Association-Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road, Milford, CT 06460 or by visiting


  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021


  • Graveside Burial

    Thursday, January 14, 2021


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Linda Lane

January 14, 2021

My husband was a man of many talents. His love for his country was obvious in so many ways. He defended us for 22 years in the US Navy. I have special memories of Dave. We loved to take short trips and see the foilage in the fall. I think it was the only time he really appreciated our trees here in the East. He always said we had far too many of them. When he told me he had never seen the Grand Canyon I made it a mission to fly use out there so he could see it. You really do have to BE there to understand the beauty. I called it "layers of silence". I give my sincere condolences to his sister Twyla. I know she loved him very much. May peace be with her and with Dave.