Lana Apana

Lana Lee Apana (Putney)

Thursday, October 21st, 1943 - Friday, January 17th, 2020
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A God-fearing, patriotic, and loving woman, Lana Lee Apana, age 76, of Centerville, passed away Friday, January 17th, 2020 at Laurels of West Carrollton.

She was born in Charleston, West Virginia on October 21st, 1943 to Phyllis Aretta (Blankenship) and Robert David Richard Putney. She retired from her position in Civil Service from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Lana was extremely patriotic and passionate about political viewpoints. She enjoyed reading and writing about her opinions and why they were important. She also enjoyed writing poetry; one of her most inspiring experiences was traveling to Ireland. Lana loved listening to many different kinds of music, such as Eric Clapton, Big Band, The Kingston Trio, and Glenn Miller. Anyone who knew Lana, knew that she had to have her black coffee throughout the day. She made special trips with her granddaughter's to "MacDonald's" as she would call it, to get her coffee and a treat for them. She will be remembered for her strong political stance, her motherly nurture, but most of all for the love that she carried so heavily for both of her granddaughter's.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Robert Edward Putney. Lana is survived by her son; Rob (Lisa) Apana, grandchildren; Emily Rachel Phyllis Apana and Andrea Vivian Kay Apana, cousins; Chuck (Tina) Ross and Barbara Ann Emerson-Sharp, her former spouse; Lionel Wallace Apana, and very special friends; Judy (Zot) Barazzotto.

The family will be having a Life Celebration Memorial Service for Lana, Friday, January 24, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home (92 W. Franklin St. Bellbrook, Oh 45305). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Crossroads Hospice (8069 Washington Village Dr, Dayton, OH 45458). You are welcome to send a condolence, plant a tree and share a story or picture about Lana at by clicking on her name.

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The family will be having private services at this time for Lana. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Crossroads Hospice (8069 Washington Village Dr, Dayton, OH 45458). You are welcome to send a condolence, plant a tree and share a story or picture about Lana at by clicking on her name.


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Georgia Scott

Posted at 02:31pm
Rob, Lisa, Emily and Andy,
Grace and I loved Lana and are thankful to have had her in our lives. She was there for both of us during a time in our lives when we greatly needed someone’s help. I will always be grateful for the way she took Grace under her wing and referred to her as her granddaughter and in including her in everything. She will be missed very much. I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Rob Apana Posted at 11:43pm

Granny loved you and Grace as her own. Thank you Georgia and Grace. We love you.

Marti Riddle

Posted at 05:23pm
Rob, your mother was very proud of you. Take very special care of your wife and daughters. I always wanted your mother to join the Daughters of the American Revolution but she said no. Just know that your daughters might be interested in the DAR. Sending love and hugs.
Marti and Bob Riddle

Rob Apana

Posted at 07:34pm
To all of Mom’s friends and family. Please know how much you all meant to her. She did not want a viewing or really any type of service. After much discussion with many of you, we are having a “gathering”. Conner and Koch have been pillars for me and the family. If you can come by, please do. It’s very informal. If not, know Mom is with you, as she knows that you are with her. Always. ❤️

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