|Death: ||Oct. 19, 1960|
Bertram Fayon Lanning is my Grandpa. I was very young when he passed away but I do have a little memory about him. What I do remember is that he loved his grandchildren. He was very handy with his hands. I remember well the adorandak chairs he made by splitting limbs. He also made wooden toys for us which included wagons full of blocks. But, since I was in Indiana and he was in Michigan my sisters and I missed out on so much not living close to him.
Grandpa was born to Uriah and Sarah Lanning of Portland, IN. He had a sister named Augusta. His Grandpa Asbury Lanning lived with them in the 1900 US Census for Portland, IN; Jay County.
The following obituary is from the Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan on Oct 20, 1960
At the time of his death he was living at 220 - 60th St SE, Grand Rapids, Mich. He was a resident of Grand Rapids for 48 yrs. Died at St Mary's Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Portland, IN. Mr. Lanning came to Grand Rapids in 1912. He was employed by the Brummeler-Steel Products Co. until his retirement three years a go.
Surviving are his wife Ruby; a son Bert; seven daughters, Mrs. Norman (Virginia) Aleis (deceased), Mrs. Vernon (Betty) Downs (deceased), Mrs. Billy (Louise) Burris (deceased), Mrs. Bernard (Arlene) Yeaw (deceased), Mrs Eugene (Blanche) Kuiper, all of Grand Rapids, Mrs. John (Lela) Jeannot of Marion, Indiana. Mrs. Arthur (Linda) Steffes of Middleville, Mich.; 37 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a niece Mrs. Custer Donovan; a nephew Robert Worley of Fort Wayne, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Dolly Lanning of Grand Rapids. Services will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel. Rev. Floyd DeBoer officiating. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Members of the family will be at the chapel Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
He had 2 step daughters that passed before him:
Frances Loraine Owens - Died at the age of 17 in 1937
Marjorie A Gibbs - Died at the age of 16 in 1943
A very special thank you to Sarita Rodriguez for taking time out of her busy day and going to Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens to take a picture of Grandpa's headstone for us. It means more to us then we can express.
Ruby Wyona Lanning (1901 - 1979)*
Francis Loraine Owens (1920 - 1937)*
Louise Belbot (1924 - 2002)*
Marjorie A Gibbs (1927 - 1943)*
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Plot: Garden of the Last Supper 51A-4
Maintained by: Heather (Angel_Graver)
Originally Created by: Aria - Patched Angel
Record added: Mar 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13626417