LANSING: Lorne Francis Montague, 72, of 33 Fenner Road, Lansing, N.Y., died Wednesday, December 7, 2005, at Cayuga Medical Center, after a sudden, brief illness. Born February 2, 1933 in East Aurora, N.Y., to Lorne Emmett Montague and Mildred Beaver Montague, he attended St. Clare and East Aurora High School. Lorne served in the U.S. Army as a meteorologist during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1954. He worked for New York State Electric and Gas for 40 years, starting out as a linesman and retiring as a utility construction and maintenance supervisor in 1993.

Having moved his family to the Ithaca area in 1967, Lorne was active in the Lansing community, serving on the town planning board in the 1970s and volunteering many hours at All Saints Church, where he was a Eucharistic Minister, and at the Lansing Food Pantry. He enjoyed playing golf with the John Listar Senior League at the Newman course in Ithaca, going on day tours to local points of interest with his good friends in the Bored to Death Gang, hunting, fishing, and spending holidays with his large, rambunctious family. Most of all, Lorne enjoyed long trips abroad with Carolyn, his beloved wife of 49 years. Among the countries the couple visited were Spain, Portugal, Australia, Thailand, Scotland, Peru, and all corners of the continental United States.

In addition to Carolyn, Lorne is survived by his three daughters: Claudia (Christopher) Wheatley, Michelle (Dennis) Mogil, and Jennifer (Robert) Humes; his three sons: Matthew (Christine) Montague, Nathan (Maura) Montague, and Anthony (Kelly) Montague; 12 grandchildren; his brother, David (Dorothy) Montague, and his sister, Mary Jean (Rodney) Rudich, both of Elma, N.Y., and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by another sister, Patricia (Thomas) Urqhart of Attica, N.Y.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:00am, Saturday, December 10, at All Saints Church, 347 Ridge Road, Lansing, NY. Rev. Scott Kubinski will officiate. Interment will be private. Calling hours will be held today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lansing Funeral Home, Inc, 32 Auburn Road, Lansing, NY (533.8600). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Challenge Industries, 402 East State Street, Ithaca, New York 14850