Lanny Jay Pixley Jr.

December 9, 1961April 2, 2018

Lanny J. Pixley Jr., age 56 of Lansing, Michigan, passed away April 2, 2018. Lanny started working at Meijer in 1979 and continued to work there for 38 years as a meat cutter. He enjoyed attending movies, using the computer, going cycling, attending the Scottish festival, swmming and traveling. But most of all he loved his family very much. Lanny was also a Veteran serving in the US Navy as a seal. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Johnston; brother, Lewis John “Lee” Pixley; and half-brothers, David Pixley, Marc. He is survived by his loving wife, Vicki (Pelham) Pixley of 30 years; daughters, Shareen Ray and Crystal (Dave) Froum; grandson, Lucas Froum; brother in-laws, Steve (Jenifer) Pelham, Jeff (Cathy) Pelham; sister in-law Cathy (Roy) Crissy; aunts, Suzanne (John) Sellner, June (Ches) Tredway, as well as one nephew and several nieces and cousins. A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00pm Monday, April 9, 2018 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, Michigan 48912 with Rev. Stephen Ezop Chaplin Heart to Heart Hospice Officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3940 Peninsular Drive SE Suite 180, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108, or the American Diabetes Association, 30200 Telegraph Road, Ste. 105, Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Jean Johnston, Mother
  • Lewis John “Lee” Pixley, Brother
  • David Pixley, Half-brother
  • Vicki (Pelham) Pixley, Wife
  • Shareen Ray, Daughter
  • Crystal (Dave) Froum, Daughter
  • Lucas Froum, Grandson
  • Steve (Jenifer) Pelham, Brother in-law
  • Jeff (Cathy) Pelham, Brother in-law
  • Cathy (Roy) Crissy, Sister in-law
  • Suzanne (John) Sellner, Aunt
  • June (Ches) Tredway, Aunt
  • Lanny is also survived by a half-brother, Marc as well as one nephew, several nieces and cousins.

  • American Heart Association
  • National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
  • American Diabetes Association


  • Visitation Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Monday, April 9, 2018

Lanny Jay Pixley Jr.

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Ed Lublow

April 6, 2018

Our deepest condolences to Lanny's family. My wife and I were acquainted with Lanny as co-workers during our time working at the Meijer Mason store. He was always friendly and outgoing, with a "How're you doing?" in passing, and an occasional funny joke or story to tell when time allowed. After our retirement, on the days our shopping trips and his work shifts coincided, he always went out of his way to greet us in the same manner, "How're you doing?" and adding "How is retirement?" I am sorry that he will not be able answer that question from others himself. He will be missed not only by family and close friends, but also the people he worked with, for, and provided service to, and we will think of him every visit to the store when we'll miss his greeting.

Suzanne Sellner

April 6, 2018

After my nephew Lanny was born in Richmond, VA, I babysat for him when his mother ran errands. Soon he and his mother, my sister Jean, moved elsewhere, and I didn't see him as often. I do remember some visits to our home in Richmond, VA, when Lanny was a cute toddler. After that, I saw Lanny mostly during my visits to Michigan.
Lanny was quite a conversationalist. I remember one road trip riding in the car as the passenger with Lanny driving and discussing a myriad of topics. He had a calm, soothing manner and seemed to be able to talk with anyone about topics of interest to that person.
I will miss Lanny. My husband John and I extend our love to his family and prayers for them.

Amanda Howe

April 6, 2018

I worked with Lanny at the mason Meijer. I could count on Lanny to lift up your spirits. Somehow he just knew you what to say and the right time. With a simile, joke, kind words. Lanny was a great man. I miss him already. He will be missed at the store, by coworkers and customers.
Fly high my friend.

Catherine Wysocki

April 6, 2018

I worked with Lanny in Mason for many years. Lanny could always be counted on to make me smile. Even on the worst days. He always had a great story and some odd fact or statistic to make you think. Lanny was a hard worker with a gift of the gab. He was a great salesman at our counter and knew a lot of our customers.
He will be sadly missed by many in the Meijer family.

RIP Lanny and sympathy to your family.

Kim Jackson

April 5, 2018

I worked with Lanny at the Mason Meijer and he was always so nice to me. Everyday that I saw him I knew exactly what he was gonna say “ hey kiddo how ya doing? “. I am really gonna miss seeing him. I pray that God will comfort his family during their time of sorrow.