Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 3, 2012

Lanny Lee Lyon


BUCKLEY — Lanny Lee Lyon, 65, of Buckley, died at home Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, with his loving family at his side, following his courageous battle with cancer.

Lanny married Karen Kay (Youngblut), who survives, on July 18, 1987, in Mesick. He was born March 16, 1947, in Traverse City, the son of Loyd and Ione (Brown) Lyon.

Lanny was in the United States Army during the Vietnam era

Lanny owned L & L Flooring in Traverse City and Buckley and attended Buckley Faith Community - Church of the Nazarene.

Lanny was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. He volunteered with the Father Fred Foundation cancer drive and rode his motorcycle many times in the "Ride for Father Fred." Lanny participated in the annual Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin.

He also enjoyed fishing, bowling, NASCAR and stopping at the casino whenever he could find the time.

Lanny is survived by his children, Leigh (Nicholas) Hennrick, of Traverse City, Terri (Randy) Ward and Thomas (Tina) Calley, both of Buckley, and Tammi Calley, of Traverse City; seven grandchildren; his brother, Vern (Diane) Bailey, of Traverse City; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Lyon, of South Carolina; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step mom, Edna Lyon; siblings, Henry, Michael "Mikey" and Linda Lyon.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the First Church of the Nazarene, Traverse City, where the family will greet friends starting at 10 a.m.

Donations may be made to the Father Fred Foundation or Hospice of Michigan.

Please visit Lanny's webpage at to sign the guestbook and archive a memory or photo.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, to handle the arrangements.