Renée Marie Kane

Published 3:53pm Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Renée Marie Kane, devoted wife, most loving mother, doting grandmother and Air Force veteran of Mill Spring, NC passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2012 after battling a serious illness.

She was born in Grand Rapids, MI and moved to South Bend, IN at a young age.  She resided there until she enlisted in the Air Force in l974.  During her service, she met Thomas P. Kane, USAF Major General (Ret) and the two were married for 37 years until her passing.

During her husband’s distinguished military career, Renée moved her family a total of fifteen times over three continents.  Renee was supremely dedicated to her family and our country.  She made a home of love and laughter wherever the family was stationed and touched countless lives.  She was active in military affairs and often served on base support groups serving military families around the world.  She was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining friends and family.  She was a master gardener and spent many hours designing landscape features and new plantings at her home on Lake Adger.  She enjoyed the constant companionship of her two dogs, Ella and Zoey.  Above all Renée was a dedicated homemaker who put her heart and soul into caring for her family.

Renée is survived by three children John Kane, his wife Svetlana and son Egor of Jacksonville, FL; Kelly Gerlach (nee Kane), USAF Captain currently serving in Afghanistan and her husband John; and Lauren Ledford (nee Kane) her husband Daniel and son Kane, all of Atlanta, GA.  She is also survived by her mother Marie Hough and stepfather Terry Hough of Granger, IN; three sisters, Becky Dean, Jamie Arvisais and Tammy Herring and two brothers, James Herring and Harold Hough.

Memorial Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 29, 2012  in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, NC with Father John Eckert officiating.

Family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, just prior to the service in the McFarland Funeral Chapel.

Mrs. Kane will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.

Memorials may be made to the Snowball Express

An on-line guest register is available at

McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.

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