Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dale C. Marney, 79, of Humboldt, Kan., died Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute, Kan.

He was born Nov. 19, 1932, at Rocky Comfort, the son of Champ Clark and Kate Frances (McNeill) Marney. He grew up in Rocky Comfort where he graduated from high school in 1950.

On March 16, 1952, he married Ava Jean Clifton in Rocky Comfort. They made their home in Kansas City. He served 18 months in Alaska with the U.S. Army before returning to Kansas City where he worked as a machine operator for International Paper Company and later as an independent insurance agent.

In 1974, the Marneys moved to Humboldt, Kan., and opened Marney's Western Auto which they operated for 15 years.

He was a member of the Humboldt United Methodist Church and the men's club at the church.

Survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Ava Marney, of the home; four children: Debra Goddard and her husband, Stephen, of Kansas City, Karen Richardson and her husband, Mark, of Kansas City, Kan., Alan Marney and his wife, Melissa, of Spring Hill, Kan., and Beth Marney, of Kansas City; one brother, John Marney and his wife, Jean, of Exeter; one sister, Shirlene DeSpain, of Wheaton; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Betty Haufler, and a brother, J.R. Marney.

Cremation has taken place.

A service of celebration was held Saturday, April 28, at the Humboldt United Methodist Church, Humbolt, Kan.