Lanny Bixel

Lanny Wayne Bixel

Friday, February 7th, 1936 - Sunday, March 7th, 2021
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Lanny Wayne Bixel, 85, of Willoughby, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at his home.

He graduated from the former Willoughby Union High School, class of 1954 and attended Muskingum College. He was a member of the United States Marine Corps before marrying and starting his family.

Lanny began his career in finance, but because of his love for good food and nutrition, entered the food service industry, first as the food service director for Willoughby-Eastlake Schools and then as a purchasing executive with several firms in the private sector.

He was a lifelong sports fan – especially football. He was a talented football player, loved watching his sons excel on the field, and proudly coached numerous young men in the Willoughby Football League. He also enjoyed gardening, wood refinishing, fishing, camping and family.

In retirement, Lanny let his white hair and beard grow and became Santa Claus to many children at the Great Lakes Mall and Beachwood Mall during the holiday season for 15 years. It was, by far, one his favorite “jobs” and brought him much joy.

Lanny is survived by his bride of 64 years, Marjorie “Midge” (nee: Wells) Bixel; sons, Ron (Janice) Bixel and Mike (Beth) Bixel; daughter, Diane (Mark) Trubiano; grandchildren, Ashley (Cullen) Harris, Alyssa (Ethan) Bezanson, Chelsea (Joe) Haglage, Tyler (Holly) Bixel, Kaia Trubiano, Michael Bixel, Max Trubiano and Margo Trubiano; great-grandchildren, Cooper, Paisley, Keegan, Beckett, Oaklyn, Mia and a new baby due in July. He also leaves his faithful pet dachshund, Albert.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H. Wayne and Dorothy (Eckart) Bixel; his sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Russell Vermilye; in-laws, Walter and Florence Wells and his many rescued dachshunds.

Out of an abundance of caution due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no calling hours and a private family service will be held.

In lieu flowers, in Lanny’s memory, the family encourages contributions to Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice, 38879 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, OH 44094 or the McKinley Community Outreach Food Bank, 1200 Lost Nation Road, Willoughby, OH 44094 or your favorite animal rescue group.

Arrangements entrusted to Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, Willoughby. Please share a memory or leave a condolence for the family at
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Jeffrey E Lynn

Posted at 02:09pm
Mr. B was a very good friend for many years. We worked together for years at Willoughby Eastlake schools I took care of his refrigeration for years what a great guy. I always enjoyed my time spent with him. God Bless to the Family Jeffrey Lynn

Barbara Fitzpatrick

Posted at 11:12am
Our deepest prayers and sympathy go out to the Bixel family. Mike, may the happy memories of your father help mend your broken heart.

David & Barbara (Last) Fitzpatrick

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum

Posted at 02:08am
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Lanny Wayne Bixel, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Marine Veteran, Lanny Wayne Bixel, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

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