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Lonny Pelton, 82, of Rhodes

Lonny (Buck) Pelton, age 82, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022 at his home peacefully with his loving wife and family by his side. He fought a brave battle with Pancreatic cancer.

Lonny was born on July 2, 1939 in Perry, Michigan to the late Faye and Neva (Loomis) Pelton. The family moved to Standish when he was 10 years old. Lonny graduated from Standish High School in 1957. Retired from Magline, Inc. in 2002.

He married the love of his life Loretta (Foco) on July 19, 1958. They had six wonderful, loving children.

Lonny was preceded in death by his two sons, Raymond P. and Matthew R. Pelton; grandsons, Ray A. Pelton, Robert A. Hill and son-in-law, Matthew Nickel; his siblings Dorothy Mitchum, Joan Proudfoot, and his big brother and hunting buddy Faye (Junior) Pelton; his sisters-in-law, Virginia Bennett, Leona Foco, Linda Foco and best friend Danny Barshaw.


Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Loretta; daughters, Lana (Rob) Hill, Deanna (Boyd) Meissner, Fay (Eric) Nickel, Stacy (Tim) Day and daughter-in-law Tina Pelton; grandchildren Heidi Topolewski, Tina (Drew) Grzegorczyk, Jolene (Brian) Pelton, Bradley (Amanda) Hill, Taylor Nickel, Kelsey Topolewski, Samantha Topolewski, Jordan Nickel, Ethan Day, Shayla Day, Lonny M. Pelton, Andrew Woodruff, Brittney Day, Brandon Day, Micah Meissner, Donny Lauria, Amber Radde & Brialle Nickel; Great-grandchildren, Finn & Wilder Vautrin, Lydia & Alec Grzegorczyk, and Everett Hill; siblings, Ellen Janie Brown, Barbara (Gerome) Salgat, Connie Bero, & Phil (Marianne) Pelton; brothers-in-law Gerald Foco, Raymond (Marie) Foco and Clarke Foco; sisters-in-law, Delores Freeman, Leona (Joe) Krawczyk, and Claire (Ron) O’Laughlin.

Lonny also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends who looked up to him as a father figure and hero.


Lonny’s passing leaves a tremendous hole in our hearts. His loss will be felt by so many who knew and loved his beautiful smile, kindness, and generosity. He enjoyed hunting, throwing horseshoes, and watching his daughters (and grandchildren) play softball and soccer. He was (and will forever be) their #1 fan.


A Memorial service will be held Monday, June 27,2022 at 2:00 pm at Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home-Pinconning Chapel, with Pastor Roger Bauer presiding. Friends and family may visit at the funeral home from 11:00 am until the time of service. Following Lonny’s request cremation has taken place.

The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this most difficult time. They would especially like to thank Cardinal Hospice angels, Carol and Kim, for their love, support, and kindness.

We met as strangers, and became friends, they showed us what angels look like here on earth and we couldn’t have made it through this without them.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Cardinal Wishes charity at https://cardinalhospice.net/cardinal-wishes/ in Lonny’s memory.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lonny (Buck), please visit our floral store.

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