BENKELMAN -- Billie Richard Baney, 78, of Benkelman, Nebraska died Sunday (April 30, 2006) at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born Dec. 7, 1927, at Benkelman, to William Arthur and Mary Amanda (Richard) Baney. He graduated from Parks High School in 1945.
On June 26, 1949, Billie married Donna Joy Pursley at Benkelman.
He coached youth baseball for many years. He served on the Board of the Directors at the Friends Church in Benkelman, on the local Co-op board, and was treasurer of the local rural telephone company.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Baney; brothers, Dale and Everett Baney; and one great-grandson, David Pursley.
Survivors include his wife of more than 56 years, Donna Baney of Benkelman; sons, Randy Baney and wife, Susie of Benkelman, Ricky Baney and wife, Becky of Des Moines, Iowa; daughters, Vicky Mercer and husband, Jerry of Arnolds Park, Iowa, Sharon Jamieson and husband, Greg of Greenville, S.C.; brother, Jim Baney and wife, Mary of Benkelman; sisters, Velma Cline and husband, Max of McCook, Lila Whiteside of San Antonio, Texas, Ruby Stock and husband, Bill of McCook, Leta Andres of Benkelman, Bonnie Nelson of Denver, Colo., Helen Hansen and husband, Wilfred of Benkelman and Barbara and husband, Earl Pursley of McCook; nine grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. (MDT),Wednesday at the Benkelman Community Building with Revs. Kevin Wilson and Jerry Mercer officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 2, 2006, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.