Dr. Rod Lixey

East Tawas, Michigan
March 18, 1945 - November 22, 2019


The family will receive friends on Thursday December 5, 2019 from 3-8 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City, MI.

Service Location

Tawas United Methodist Church - Tawas City, Michigan


A celebration of Rod’s life will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:00 am (instate at 10:00 am) at the Tawas United Methodist Church. Rev. Kris Kappler will officiate and interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery in East Tawas, MI.

Obituary Notice

Dr. Rod Lixey, 74, passed away on November 22, 2019 in Saginaw, Michigan. Born in East Tawas, Michigan on March 18, 1945, he was the son of Margaret Muilenburg Lixey and the late Donald Thomas Lixey. Rod is survived by his wife of 42 years Brooke Widing Lixey; his daughter Johanna Margaret Lixey of Winter Park, Florida; son Andrew John Lixey (Ashley) of Washington Twp., Michigan; mother Margaret Lixey of East Tawas, Michigan; sister Kathy Lixey Husted (Stewart) of Lynchburg, VA; brother Bill Lixey (Elizabeth) of East Tawas, Michigan and sister Jane Taylor (Reid) of Grand Rapids, Michigan; grandchildren Ella Greene, and Lincoln Lixey and 4 nieces and nephews. Rod graduated in 1967 from Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was well loved by his patients and practiced for approximately 45 years in East Tawas, Michigan before retiring. He took a personal interest in each and every one of his patients. During the years he practiced, he also generously provided a place for missionaries to come to rest and recuperate while on furlough. Rod was a loving husband, father, son, grandfather and brother. Family was always very important to Rod. He loved family gatherings. Spending time with his children and grandchildren was one of his greatest joys. He also relished the years when extended family would gather for snowmobiling parties and competitive card games that would go on well into the night. Being the last team standing was his ultimate goal, and to his great pleasure, he often achieved that goal. After retirement, he and Brooke enjoyed their time visiting with family and friends and sharing a meal at a favorite restaurant. Rod found his faith to be a source of strength. He shared his faith with others through his prayers, gifts and devotion. He was a member of Tawas United Methodist church for over 40 years.
A celebration of Rod’s life will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:00 am (instate at 10:00 am) at the Tawas United Methodist Church. Rev. Kris Kappler will officiate and interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery in East Tawas, MI. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 3-8 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City, MI. You may offer condolences at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com and memorial contributions can be made to Tawas United Methodist Church.


Tawas United Methodist Church


St. Joseph Cemetery, East Tawas, Michigan


What a gentle, kind man. Very happy to have had him in our lives the past ten years. Always enjoyed his company. RIP "Rod the Bod." We love you.
— Mark and Karen Huss
I enjoyed waiting on you and your wife throughout the years in Tawas at Augies and more recently at Wiltses in Oscoda quiet often you always told me I had a kind smile and were just genuinely the sweetest man,truly one of my favorite customers. I will miss your smile and your kind words. May you rest easy and have a glass of Merlot always. :)
— Sara Duffiney
From the entire staff at the Tawas Bay Beach Resort, our very sincere condolences to the Lixey family. Your smile, quick wit and little chuckle will forever remain in our hearts. You touched a great many hearts in your lifetime and all of us here at the resort are thankful to have known you and call you a friend. You made a difference in so many lives. Brooke, our hearts hurt for you, we're all thinking about you and praying for peace and comfort. RIP Mr. Lixey, I'm sure the Merlot is even better in heaven! Our love..."TBBR" owners and crew
— Sheryl Firestone
Serving "The Lixeys" will never the same. You will be deeply missed ❤
— Chris and charlene Hoadley
So sorry to learn of Rod's passing. Heaven has received another angel.
So sorry to hear of Dr. lixey’s passing our thoughts and prayers are with his family
— Mike & Janell Reed
May he rest in piece . Our consolidation goes to you and your family Andy . Prayers...
— Sam and Vickie
Our love and condolences to Brooke, Johanna, Andy and the families. We will truly miss a great friend. We are grateful for many years of fun times together with Brooke and him. We will always remember his great witt, kind heart and dedication to his family, friends and patients. Fairwell and Rest In Peace, Rod.
— Richard and Bonnie Grebe
Rod and I went through school together. He was always so nice and polite. My sympathy to his family.
— Nancy Borosch
So sorry to hear of Dr. Lixeys passing. He was a kind man and so loved by his friends and family. Thoughts and prayers to Brooke, Johanna, Andy and Ashley. Andy, you were a wonderful son to your dad. You shared many wonderful years together. After the grieving you will remember all the special times fondly and with a smile.
Prayers for all
— Barb Daenzer
Rod was such a unique guy. His mission was to make people well and better. I am grateful as his cousin to have shared many years of fun, laughs, card games, and snowmobile parties. Love to all his family. I know he is in heaven visiting with family members who have passed before him. I will miss you for the rest of my life.
— Mary
Today, a sad event when hearing that Rod has passed away.. With sadness in our heart we recall the many times together and sharing and caring at each event along with fun and enjoyment with Rod and Brooke. A loss, no doubt with a void that will be difficult to refill through any means. Sharon and I want to share our condolences and sympathy for the family of long time stature.
Tom and Sharon Musolf East Tawas.
— Thomas Musolf
Sending our condolences & love to the entire family🙏🏼😢Rod was a great man & will be missed. So sorry for your loss💔
— Sandy Sterling & Family
Our sincere condolences to all the Lixey family! Rod was a gentle soul and will be greatly missed.
— Hoot & Michelle Keiser
Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Lixey family. Our years of living in MI are interlaced with visits to get adjusted and visiting with a chiropractor who genuinely cared. Sharing dinner together also became a highlight! Tawas will not be the same without him.
Love and many prayers for you as you walk the road of living without this gentle man that gave so well.
— Darryl & Rosanne Gingerich
I always look forward to my long conversations with the Lixeys. It’s so sad to hear of his passing. So sorry for your loss ❤️
— Amber
These cousins from Brazil and Iowa have fond memories of times in East Tawas for treatments and rest. Sad to hear of Rod's passing. Our prayers are with Brooke and the family.
— Kathleen and Johnson family
My sister Reba and I loved and adored our good friend Joanna, but life took us separate ways. I've never forgotten the Lixey family and Mr Lixey's kindness and I'm very sorry for your loss.
— Laura Welch

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