Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Champ J.R. Marney, 66, of Rocky Comfort, passed away Monday, April 16, 2012, in Freeman West Hospital, Joplin.

He was born June 9, 1945, in Wheaton, the son of Champ and Kate (McNeill) Marney. On April 9, 1966, he was united in marriage to Linda Hailey, who survives.

Additional survivors include: two sons, Travis Marney, of Rocky Comfort, and Neil Marney and his wife, Amanda, of Monett; one daughter, Missy Caldwell and her husband, David, of Monett; two brothers, John Marney and his wife, Jean, of Exeter, and Dale Marney and his wife, Ava, of Humbolt, Kan.; one sister, Shirlene DeSpain, of Wheaton; five grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Betty Haufler.

He grew up and received his education at Rocky Comfort, where he graduated from high school. For several years, he owned and operated Wheaton Frozen Food and was a substitute mail carrier at Rocky Comfort. He also farmed and lived in and around McDonald County his entire life. He was a long-time member of the Wheaton Saddle Club.

Funeral services were held Thursday in McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Pastor Paul Wahlert conducted the services. Burial was at Rocky Comfort Cemetery.

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