Ivan "Gene" Lanham, 75, of Carrollton, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 3, 2017, in his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born June 10, 1942, in Buckhannon, W.Va. to Ivan and Audie (Beckner) Lanham. He retired from T&W Stamping Co. in 2005 after 39 years of service. In his free time, he enjoyed playing horseshoes, corn hole and cards, especially euchre. He also loved hunting, swimming dogs and spending time with his family.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 22 years, Linda (Nitz) Lanham, who he married Dec. 9, 1994; children, Kathy Flitcraft of Alliance, Doug Lanham of Alliance, Johnathan (Stacy) Nitz of Carrollton, Ryan (Elizabeth) Burbank of Kensington, and Eric (Veronica) Lanham of Louisville; siblings, William Lanham of Arizona, Frances Chidester of West Virginia, Marge (Robert) Zickafoose of Alliance, Norma (Charles) Lloyd of West Virginia; 14 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Tina (Reese) Wright of Alliance; and his best friend, Otha Carpenter of Alliance. He is preceded in death by his adopted mom, Ida Jane Lanham; grandson, Sam Lanham; a nephew, David "DJ" Small; and three brothers, Charles, Don Lanham and Ed Gibson.
Funeral services were held July 7 in the Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home with Pastor Gabriel Norris officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com.