Robert ‘Bob’ Raney was born February 11, 1933 in Jasper Arkansas and left us October 1, 2018.
He was the first born son of Joseph Raney and Henrietta Bateman Raney. The family of 7 including sisters Shirley, Phyllis, Rosemary and brother Bill resided in Newton County Arkansas on Mount Sherman. The family literally lived off the land. Bob helped his father hunt for game and helped his mother along with his sisters who where old enough to do so grow, harvest and preserve fruits and vegetables.
The family moved to California for a bit then finally settled in Stilwell Kansas in the late 40’s. Bob graduated from Stilwell High then tried his hand at a few odd jobs on farms or in the big city. In 1953 he joined the United States Army to see the world and expand his horizons.
He met the love of his life, Marlene Stark where he was stationed in Augsburg, Germany as an Army cook. He cooked for his family and his wife in particular until her passing in 2013.
They were married on October 31, 1956. Bob and Marlene then settled in Merriam, KS for over 60 years.
Robert worked for and retired from Fairmont Country Club Dairy. He started out as a milkman delivering door to door then moved up to transporting loads via transport truck. He went to bed early and woke up for work even earlier, no matter the weather or how he felt that day.
He was a card-carrying proud member of the Teamster’s Union.
Bob never hunted again after leaving the hills of Arkansas. He loved all critters great and small. He took great joy in feeding and watching the neighborhood wildlife.
If he could have provided a good living for his wife and daughters he would have returned to the hills of Arkansas, but alas it was not to be.
Robert Raney has left his daughters, Carla Brenneman and Barbara Bengimina and grandson Ben Spry to carry on his memory and legacy. He will be missed by many friends and loved ones for his sense of humor and wealth of stories.
The family would like to thank The Gables long-term care facility and Crossroads Hospice for their care and service during the time of transition.
He will be laid to rest beside his wife Marlene on October 8, 2018 in Leavenworth National Cemetery.