Joseph D. Lane - President & CEO
A 1970 Graduate of Mineral Ridge High School, Mr. Lane graduated from Adrian College in 1974 receiving a degree in business administration, with a second major in philosophy & religion. He then attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1975 and returning to Ohio to work with the family businesses.
Following graduation from college and mortuary school he became a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and instructor for the State of Ohio, Dept of vocational education and later a paramedic and advanced cardiac life support instructor. He developed the original Lane Ambulance service into the current Lane Life TRANS paramedic ambulance.
He received a Juris Doctor Degree from Akron University in 1984, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in the same year as a practicing attorney. In 1994 he established Lane & Rusu Co., a Legal Professional Association with law offices in Canfield, Austintown, Warren and Mineral Ridge. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, The Ohio State Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Mahoning and Trumbull County Bar Associations.
As a frequent speaker and lecturer on aging and elder law issues, he co-authored a book entitled, Smart Planning for Life and Death.
In 1984 he was one of the original founders of Tracktime Performance Driving Schools where he helped to develop safety and performance driving schools at race track facilities around the country. During his involvement with Tracktime he helped to develop the high speed driving course for Ohio police officers and worked with major auto companies in various capacities for promotion and research. Having sold his interest in Tracktime in 1990, he continues to be involved in sports car road racing and driver education activities , at facilities such as Mid-Ohio, Nelsons Ledges, Watkins Glen , Lowes Motor Speedway and most recently, Pittsburgh International Raceway ( Pittrace) in nearby Beaver, PA.. Besides being president and CEO of the Lane Funeral Homes, Inc., he seved on the Board of directors of Farmers National Bank of Canfield for over 15 years, and also served on the board of the non-profit organizations -H.E.R.S., (Humanitarian Education and Relief Services, Inc.) and the Joseph O. Lane Foundation. He is a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Friends of the National Park of Gettysburg, Pa. and enjoys spending time pursuing his interest in Civil War history through travel, research, and collecting Civil War art and memorabilia. He lives in Canfield Township with his wife, Andrea, and has four sons. Whenever he has the opportunity, he enjoys trail riding with his wife on their horses.
In addition to trail riding, one of his other past times is being active with The 6th Ohio Cavalry,, which is one of the premier mounted living history units in the country. Portraying mounted Civil War Cavalry, the unit is made up of members not only from Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Vermont and Canada, but other states as well. Activities involve school demonstrations, parades, and living history events at such places as the Gettysburg Military Park and the West Point Military Academy. Members have also appeared in various movie and TV productions portraying Civil War Cavalry.
He is also a member of The Northern Ohio Outlaws, a cowboy mounted shooting club, affiliated with the national organization known as the CMSA (Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association). Participants must dress the part of the "cowboy" and use period revolvers firing blanks, which break balloon targets while riding a designated course as fast as possible. There is also a specific cavalry class where the participants must dress as historic cavalry and use certain types of saddles and holsters consistent with the time era portrayed. Cowboy action shooting is one of the fastest growing equine sports in the country.