ALEXANDER — John Michael “Mike” Laney, age 68, of Alexander passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at his home. He was born Dec. 4, 1952, in Batavia, N.Y., the first son of Joanne Baker Laney of Alexander and the late Loren John Laney. Mike graduated from Alexander Central School in 1970. He moved to Lakeland, Fla., in 1975, where he created a beautiful life with his wife, two daughters, and many loyal friends. He was the proud owner of Mike’s Auto Repair for over 20 years. In 2016, Mike and his wife fully retired, returning to Alexander N.Y., where he enjoyed working in his garden, tinkering with projects, countless hours reading, and spending quality time with his family. After his wife’s passing in 2017, he found a loving and faithful companion in his dog, Molly.
Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann (Chapell) Laney, in 2017. He is survived by his beloved mother, Joanne Baker Laney of Alexander; his daughters, Christine (Kevin) Salzlein of Alexander and Jennifer (Keith) Brooks of Florida; grandchildren, Myya Salzlein and Max Brooks; great-grandchild, Myles McMaster. He will also be dearly missed by his surviving sibling, Thomas Laney of Colorado, Patricia (Gary) Collins of Colorado, Stephen (Cindy) Laney of Texas, Joseph (Jody) Laney of New York, Karen (James Scalise) Laney of Colorado, Susan (Joe) McPherson of New York, Matthew (Lori) Laney of New York and Rosanne (Russell) Radziej of Minnesota and many nieces and nephews.
The Laney family will be present from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, at the H.E. Turner & Co., Inc. Funeral Home at 403 East Main St, Batavia NY 14020. Please join Mike’s family to celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 11 am at St. Joachim & Anne Parish, 50 East Ave, Attica, NY 14011. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his memory are suggested to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021 or to a charity of the donor’s choosing. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Mike’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.