Helen I. Lanning

May 29, 1927 ‒ October 10, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Helen I. Lanning, age 90, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. She was born on May 29, 1927 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the daughter of William and Mary (Totman) Ackerman. Helen owned and operated Lanning’s Meats with her late husband Bernard Lanning for over 20 years before retiring in 1989.

Helen had an eye and passion for her collection of fine antiques. This hobby turned to a business when Helen opened her own antique stores in Mount Vernon, Red Shed Antiques and Depot Antiques.

She was the definition of an immaculate housekeeper, as she took great pride in the appearance of her residence. Whether it was cleaning inside or keeping her lawn in perfect shape, Helen strived to keep everything in order. She was a devoted wife to her husband Bernard, a devoted mother to her boys, Randy and Rick, caring grandmother and friend too many.

She is survived by her sons; Randy (Kathy) Lanning of Mount Vernon, Rick (Joleen) Lanning of Mount Vernon, five grandchildren, Shane Lanning, Stacey (Terry) Willis, Brian (Christie) Lanning, Mike (Christie) Lewis, Steve (Elizabeth) Lewis; nine great grandchildren and a sister, Shirley Ross of Howard.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Bernard Lanning; a daughter, Janie Lanning; two sisters, Dorothy Calkins and Bea Ekelberry; three brothers, Charles Ackerman, Kenneth “Buzz” Ackerman and Walter “Squint” Ackerman.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Saint Johns Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Helen I. Lanning.

Memorial contributions in Helen’s name may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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  • May loving memories of Helen ease your loss and bring you comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! Linda (Graham) Clutter

  • Rick and Randy,
    Our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your Mother. She was a special lady. I have very fond memories of going to Lannings with my mother and always seeing her there behind the meat counter with your Dad and the two of you. Your Mom and Dad were great people. Hold on to your memories.
    Vickie Marra and Roger Marra

  • Randy and Rick and family, so sorry to hear about your mother passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • My sincerest sympathy to the family. I knew, and thought very fondly of Helen for many years. I will treasure the last visit I had with her in her very immaculate and gorgeous home in 2012. She was a lovely, kind and welcoming lady. My thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Sincerely, Aaralyn Oakley

  • So very sorry to hear of Mrs. landings passing! She and her husband founded an amazing store now run by her children! Our deepest sympathy!

  • Randy & Rick as many have voiced their sorrow over the loss of your mother we are moved by the lovely memories we have of the four of you in the meat market making us feel welcome to the community so many years ago. Your mother we such a lovely lady that I respected very much. Her stories of Bernard and her going out for a burger on the weekend still makes me smile today. Prayers to you and your families.

  • Randy and Rick I will always cherish the memories of Aunt Helen. I can still feel the excitement she always had when we would go “antiquing”! It always was so much fun! So many memories I will always cherish! She truely will be missed!

  • My sincere condolences on Helen’s passing. I’ve known her for many years and as a former hairdresser, did her hair a time or two. I loved her boundless energy and she was always so welcoming with her bright smile. What an amazing woman she was. It was a pleasure to have known her.

  • Randy ,Rick and Families. So sorry for your loss , but no more pain and suffering. She was quite a lady. Cherish the good memories . You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Randy et al,

    So sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences. Your family has always worked so hard at being the best. The memories are eternal. Again, my thoughts and prayers for your family.


    Thomas C Erbst
    Homer OH 43027

  • Hi Randy and Rick,
    I was looking through the paper and happened to see your mom’s obituary. I am so sorry for your loss. It has been many years since I have seen her, but I remember her beautiful sparkly eyes and sparkly personality to match! She was precious and I am sure your memories of life with her will be precious to you during this time. She was a lovely little lady. My condolences for your loss.

  • Ricky and Randy, so sorry to hear about Aunt Helen. Alot of good memories of her from when I was little when my Dad (Buzzy) and I would come and visit. I’m sure her and my Dad are really cutting up in Heaven. Dede