R. Charles Haney, 78

HaneyCharlesR. Charles Haney, age 78 of Seymour, Mo., passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013 in his home, surrounded by his family, after a short illness.  Charles was born on March 7, 1935 in Bergman, Ark., the son of Fred and Sarah (Roop) Haney.
His family moved to a farm in Seymour when he was 9, where he attended Seymour school.  After his father died he moved to Kansas City with his mother and younger sister, where his three older brothers and another sister lived.  His cousin wanted to visit the family farm one more time and brought a friend with her.  That is how he met his beloved wife, Elizabeth Kemmerer. They married one year later on May 22, 1953.
Charles and Elizabeth had three sons: Gary, Dan, and Ken. They thought the farm would be a good place to raise their sons so in June, 1962 they moved to a 350 acre farm near the old Pee Wee store east of Seymour. Charles started by operating a dairy, but later raised beef cattle.  He also installed chain link fence as a contractor for Sears in Springfield and throughout southwest Missouri for many years.
In 1976 Charles went into partnership with Hal Nichols in the farm implement business.  He later became sole proprietor of the business known as Haney Implement Company.  He retired from that business in 1995.
Charles was an active member of First Baptist Church of Seymour, where he served as a trustee for many years. After the old church building burned, he worked with the contractors overseeing the new church construction. He spent many long hours and days there until the project was completed.
He loved God and his church, spending time with family, telling stories of his growing up years, and living on the farm.  He also enjoyed fishing and the family always looked forward to his fish fries.  Each of his six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren were very special to him.
Charles and Elizabeth recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past Memorial Day weekend with all of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren present.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tommy and Orville, and a sister Mae.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three sons and their wives, Gary and Tammy, of Seymour, Mo., Dan and Cindy, of Booneville, Ark., and Ken and Debby, of Henderson, Colo.; grandsons Matt and Josh, Jeff and Jason, and Andrew; granddaughter Elizabeth; and great-grandchildren Jailyn, Hudson, and Haidyn, Adelynn and Leona, and Brayden and Layla.  He is also survived by a brother, James and wife Norma, of Independence, Mo.; and a sister, Joyce Wilson and husband Sam, of Seymour, Mo.
Visitation was on Tuesday, June 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Seymour.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m., also at First Baptist Church of Seymour. Burial was at Seymour Masonic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International and can be left at the church.