Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

900 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI


Jerry Joe Croley

February 24, 1947October 28, 2019

Jerry “Crow” Croley was born on February 24, 1947 in Illinois. He and his family moved to Lansing, Michigan when he was a child and he lived there for the remainder of his life.He spent many years working for the Lansing School District and eventually retired from there.

Jerry is preceded in death by his mother Daisy, father John, sister Betty and brother Jim. He is survived by his sister, Debbie McCain and brother, Johnny Croley.

Jerry was well-known in the Lansing area and he could hardly go anywhere without running into a friend.Jerry enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He had a love for cars and motorcycles and visiting car shows. He liked playing pool and visiting the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

Jerry was quick to share a joke to make everyone laugh or tell a story about the good ‘ole days. He was always the first one there to lend a helping hand. Jerry will be deeply missed by his many friends and family.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Lansing Chapel. Online condolences and memories may be made by going to www.grlansing.com

A Celebration of life will be held for Jerry on Saturday, November 16th from 1PM to 4PM at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles located at 4700 N Grand River, Lansing MI 48906


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 16, 2019


Jerry Joe Croley

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Debi Bassler

November 15, 2019

I have been thinking about the Crow a lot lately and telling people I’d love to see him again because it’s been so many years and then I hear that he passed away I wish I would’ve took that time to see him again.
Sitting here reading all these memories from other people I just can’t say anymore than what everybody else is said.
He was in fact one of a kind funny loyal helpful the best friend anybody could ever have.
I’ll be there tomorrow Crow so I can share the memories with everyone else .Much love to his family and all of his great friends.

Skip Croley

November 15, 2019

Jerry was one of a kind. Yes, the mold was tossed out after Jerry was born. He was never in a bad mood, instead always jovial and ready at any moment to share a joke or funny story. He loved life and all it offered. He cherished his family and was loyal to all his friends. Jerry put others first and his life was a testimony to what friendship and loyalty meant. Yes, as my cousin, I’m a little biased when it comes to Jerry...but he is deserving of being remembered as a wonderful human being. Oh, that all of us had just an ounce of the joy, the loyalty, the humor, the dedication to family, the zest for embracing all the trials life gives us, and yes, the honesty that Jerry had! What a wonderful world that would be! May we all strive to embrace Jerry’s memory and in doing so, truly honor his legacy. He will indeed be missed.

Mike Murphy

November 14, 2019

Jerry was a good friend throughout my childhood and adult life. We used to “cruise the gut” together, Jerry had more cars and motorcycles than anybody I ever know. It was clear that he loved them. We made numerous trips to the casinos together and he always filled the trip there and back with jokes. Fred Fortino, Crowley and myself used to ride motorcycles together a lot. There will never be another Jerry Joe Croley, he was truly one of a kind.
Jerry will be missed. RIP Crow.

Howard Casey

November 4, 2019

If you look up Webster's definition of "friend", there should be a picture of Jerry Croley. For 55 years, every favor I ever asked of him was granted, no matter the time of night or if it was half way across the country. He risked his life teaching Alisha to drive, and then risked it again teaching Connie how to drive a standard shift. Crow will never be forgotten.

Howard, Connie and Alisha

Torry Gekle

November 4, 2019

As a life long friend of the Croley/McCain families, I have to say Jerry will be dearly missed forever. He was definitely one of a kind, and the sweetest and funniest guy I've ever met. Whether it was playing cards, being our DD to events, or just being around him, he was always the life of the party. No matter how bad a day you had, just 5 minutes with him and he would have you smiling from ear to ear. Not one bad thing could ever be said about him. Not many people you can say that about. You may be gone Jer, but you will NEVER be forgotten. ❤

Lindsey Wiktorski

November 4, 2019

Crow was a special man and will forever hold a place in our hearts. He was a great brother, uncle and friend. Whether he was pretending to take off his thumb to make kids laugh or telling a funny story, he could always brighten up a room. Crow was very excited about life and appreciated even the small things. We had fun playing cards together and enjoyed having him as part of our family gatherings.

While he was a Croley by name, we also considered him as an honorary McCain. He enjoyed spending time at the car lot and was always there to assist when needed.

There will never be another person quite like Crow, but we will continue to reminisce on all of the great times we shared together over the years.

A crow can be considered a new phase in someone’s life. Our only wish is that this new phase will bring you the same joy and excitement as the time we had with you. Fly high, Crow, and know that you will always be remembered.

We love you,

The McCain’s (Debbie, Mitch and Lindsey)

Tyler McCain

November 3, 2019

Crow was the best uncle a person could ask for. To me crow was more then just a uncle he was more like a brother I never had. We did so much together and I am so very thankful for all the great memories I got to share with him. He was the life of every party/event. He would always make everyone laugh and smile and was always first to show up. Life will not ever be the same with out Crow in all of are life’s. Rest in heaven brother, I will never forget all the good times we had. Love you Crow

Sue Howland

November 3, 2019

Jerry has been a friend for as long as I can remember. We shared the same birthday and have had our birthday lunch together for many years - always at Red Lobster. He had a silliness about him that everyone will miss - he could always make us laugh! Rest In Peace my dear friend - until we meet again ❤️🙏🏻

Bud McCurdy

November 2, 2019

So sorry to hear of Jerry Joes passing, I grew up on Clark St just around the corner from the Crowleys. For excitement we’d trade baseball cards for something to do. I have lots of memories from the old neighborhood. Jerry Joe, I’m sorry we never crossed paths in our older years but I’ll bet your reading this now & saying, hey Bud, you ol coot!! Back at you👍

Bud McCurdy

November 2, 2019

I’m so sorry to hear of Jerry Joe’s passing, I lived on Clark Street just around the corner from the Crowleys and as kids we hung out and played everyday! Lots of childhood memories from the old neighborhood, we traded baseball cards for excitement! Jerry Joe, I’m sorry our paths didn’t pass in our older years but I’ll bet your looking down at me now & saying hey Bud, you ol coot!! I know you’re in a great place now!