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Manley Leon Baney

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Manley Leon Baney

Oct. 18, 1917 - Dec. 20, 2011

BENKELMAN, Nebraska -- Manley Leon Baney of Benkelman passed away Dec. 30, 2011, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was 94 years old.

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Manley was born on Oct. 18, 1917, in Benkelman to Reverda E. and Lois (Hardwick) Baney. He attended rural school through the eighth grade. On March 13, 1942, he entered the US Army and served during World War II as a high speed radio operator and message decoder. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 14, 1946.

On Feb. 26, 1950, he was united in marriage to Barbara Anne Barnell. They made their home in Benkelman where two sons, John and Mark, where born to this union. Manley farmed northwest of Benkelman until his retirement at the age of 80.

He attended United Methodist Church where he served as usher. He was a member of the Benkelman American Legion. His free time was spent occasionally fishing, traveling throughout the United States, and spending time with family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Reverda and Lois Baney; one sister, Arlene Spears; and three brothers, Lawrence, Waldo and Johnnie Baney.

Survivors include his wife of almost 62 years, Barbara Baney of Benkelman; two sons, John Baney and wife, Dianne, of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Mark Baney of Benkelman; two grandchildren, Adam Baney and wife, Elena, and their son, Arthur and Amanda and husband, Arnold Risvik, and their son, Dexter all of Albuquerque; one sister, Verle Behlke of Benkelman; and two brothers, Gerald Baney of Benkelman and Marlin Baney of Evans, Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given in his name to the United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 4-6 p.m. MT at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m. MT at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Burial will follow with a military committal at the Benkelman Cemetery.

Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.