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Charles Wesley Lanham

July 4, 1923 ~ February 22, 2017 (age 93)

Middletown:  Rev. Charles W. Lanham, 93, died on February 22, 2017 in Wolcott, CT.  He was born on July 4, 1923, in Darjeeling, India, to missionary parents, Rev. John W. and Daisy Lanham.  He served as a bomber pilot in WW II and after a crash landing with all crew members surviving, was interned in Sweden as a POW until the war ended.  He received his theological education at Asbury College and Hartford Seminary.  He served as an ordained Methodist clergyman in parishes in Kentucky, Connecticut, New York and Florida for over 70 years.  He was active in civil rights during his ministry.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margaret Black Bormolini Lanham.  He is also survived by four daughters from a previous marriage: Joyce Zeman and husband Rev. Andrew, Donna Lanham, Linda Romanauskas and partner Armand Provancher, and  Debby Cavallari and partner Holly McIntyre; six grandchildren through his first marriage: Lynne Goulet, Thomas Calo, Jennifer Caron, Jessica LeBel, Jenny Cavallari and Jillian Cavallari; three great grandchildren: Dylan Caron, Alexandra Goulet and Mikayla Caron.  He is also survived by three step children: Joan Christain and husband Scott, Stephen Bormolini and wife Diane and Deborah Newsome and husband Curtis; two step grandchildren: Danelle Newsome and Sarah Bormolini and one step great grandchild, Jocelyn Dumaine.  He is also survived by a brother, Rev. Raymond Lanham and a sister, Lucille Thomas.  The family would like to thank the staff at Wolcott View Manor and Seasons Hospice.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Wolcott Congregational Church, 185 Center Street, Wolcott, CT.  There are no calling hours.  A burial will be private at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Wolcott Congregational Church.  To leave an online condolence, please visit

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