Dec. 14, 1921 - March 21, 2008
BENKELMAN -- Leon Baney Jr., 86, of Benkelman, died Friday (March 21, 2008) at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.
He was born Dec. 14, 1921, in Dundy County, north of Benkelman, to Leon and Vera (Crosby) Baney and attended country school near his home. After finishing with school, he worked with his father on the family farm.
On July 22, 1942, he married Alice S. Richard at St. Francis. They returned to the family farm north of Benkelman. In 1952, they moved to Benkelman, where he continued to farm and worked as a carpenter and truck driver for several years. He then worked at Krotter and Sailors Lumber Yard. In later years, he worked for Floyd and Thelma Pettit helping with their gravel and farming operation.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Benkelman, and a member of Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Vera Baney.
Survivors include his wife of more than 65 years, Alice Baney of Benkelman; son, Arlin Baney and wife, Connie of Hudson, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at United Methodist Church in Benkelman with Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 6 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
Memorials may be given in his name to the United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.