Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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September 19, 2013

Neoga man remembers brother who died in Afghanistan

NEOGA — Greg Albin said he always expected great things from his brother, Randall R. Lane.

“We never thought he would sign up for the military,” he said. “I thought he could probably do some good.”

Lane, 43, formerly of Neoga, died Friday while serving with the Indiana Army National Guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. Lane had joined the Marines in 1988 and later served with the National Guard for more than 20 years of service.  Albin said his brother had a passion for cars and motorcycles.

“I remember we were always working on cars,” he said.

Although the details of Lane’s death have not been released, Albin said the family had been told the death may have been due to a heart attack caused by blockage. He also said the family has been able to deal with the loss with the support of friends and the community.

“We’re doing pretty good,” he said. “Lots of family and friends have been helping out. He was real close to all of his classmates, and they’ve been really good at reaching out.”

Albin said he has always been close to his brother even during Lane’s two tours in Afghanistan.

“Ever since he was over in Afghanistan, we talked every morning and evening on Facebook,” he said. “Whenever he was home, we were running around together.”

Albin said the thing people should remember about Lane is the joy he took in serving his community and nation.

“He was an all-around good guy, and he enjoyed serving his country,” he said.

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or at jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.

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