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Lee Roy Chaney, age 77, of rural Blackjack/El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away at his home on Thursday morning, November 10, 2011. Lee was born October 22, 1934, at Skidmore, MO, the son of Forest Buck Chaney and Opal (Mayes) Chaney.
Lee attended Skidmore School, graduating in 1952. He married Nora Mae Alexander in Parker, Arizona, on January 25, 1954. They were married 57 years. To this union two children were born.
He worked at Hallmark Cards until he joined the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard aboard the USS John C Butler, serving three years. After his discharge from the Navy, Lee worked at Cook Paints, Sunshine Biscuit, General Mills and Fairmont Foods for 23 years.
Lee retired in 1985 at the age of 50 to make his mark on a small piece of the world. He cut the tree, cleared the land, fenced and built a pond creating his paradise, and so others could enjoy hunting and fishing. He did not attend church, but did in his own way worship God’s creatures and all the beauty of mother nature. His contribution to society was to cut wood for the elderly and plant a large garden to share with others.
Many friends will remember Lee by his nickname, “Pepper.” He could be described as brave, witty, ornery, compassionate, and soft spoken. He took pleasure in fixing things his way and was especially proud of repairing the tractor. To Lee, every day was a good day, and he wanted to make every day count.
Preceding Lee in death were his parents; and two brothers: Forest Gene Chaney and Richard Ottis Chaney.
Survivors include two children: Kevin Chaney and wife Debbie of Kansas City, MO, and Kelly Chaney of Lee’s Summit, MO; and three grandchildren: Chad Chaney, Shanette Perkins and family, and Kyle Chaney.
Funeral services for Lee Roy Chaney were held on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home, with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Interment followed in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Pallbearers were: Ronnie Alexander, Jeff Richardson, Greg Richardson, John Johnson, Tim Johnson, and A.J. Johnson.