Barbara Vinson (Fahrlender)
I knew Lanny from first grade at Valley View. He was always a good friend. His house was about two and a half blocks away from mine and was halfway between the houses of Kathy Kashmere and Debbie Gibbs and mine. We'd meet there on our way to each other's houses. When he was sick a few years ago, I got a message that he was in Hendrick Hospital and wasn't doing well and then I got a message that he had been moved to Hospice. I let everyone know and Stan Lambert emailed me and asked me to meet him at the hospital. We had been told that Lanny was alone. We met in Lanny's room, not knowing what to expect. Lanny, who had been in a coma, had just woken up a short time before and they were moving him to the dialysis floor. We had a really nice visit with him and Stan prayed for him while we all held hands. Lannie knew how serious his condition was and knew that he had to work hard to stay well. I was dreading going to the hospital that afternoon, but I was so very glad that I went. Bless you, Claude Lanny Fisher.
Lanny (Fish) Fisher was a very good friend during high school. We both played basketball for 3 years, but it wasn’t until our senior year that we became even more close. I can remember his Mom, sitting in the gym, and she would yell, “Throw the ball to Lanny! Let Lanny shoot (the ball)!” We used to give “Fish” a hard time about that, but he took it all in stride. Kinda lost touch with him after we graduated, but when I heard he was real sick, I called Barbara (Vinson) Fahrlender, and we went to visit Lanny in the hospital. He really appreciated the visit. It wasn’t long after that we heard he had passed away. RIP, Fish! See ya again, real soon!