William "Bill" Laney

Birth:Sunday, April 21, 1929
Caddo Co, Oklahoma
Death:Monday, March 3, 2014
Reno Co, Kansas
Obit:Sunday, June 8, 2014
Reno Co, Kansas

William "Bill" Laney, 84, died March 3, 2014, at Good Samaritan Center, Hutchinson. He was born April 21, 1929, to James Frank and Clare Lee Wells Laney, in Apache, OK. The family moved to Bushton and then to Lyons, where Bill graduated from Lyons High School. He attended Hutchinson Junior College, playing basketball, where the team played in the national tournament in 1947 and took second place. He went on to attend Emporia State University, playing basketball and graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1951. Bill was a member of Phi Sig Ep fraternity. He was of the Protestant faith. He spent three years in the U.S. Marines and was discharged as a captain. He returned to Kansas, teaching science and physical education in Cunningham and Concordia and coaching basketball. While working on his master's degree at Colorado University, he met Jo Nelson. They married and moved to Broken Bow, NE, going into the family business of ranching. After having three daughters, Bill and his family moved to Dallas, Texas, where he became a sales rep for Behlen Grain Company, handling equipment.

In 1975, he moved to Hutchinson, KS, where he met Betty Brenner. They were married in 1980. He remained a sales rep for Modern Farm Systems, out of Iowa and York, NE.

He belonged to American Legion Lyle Rishel Post #68. Through his wife, Betty, he became a good friend of Kansas State University, following football games and all of the bowl games until his illness.

Survivors include: wife, Betty Laney of Hutchinson; daughters, Anne Muller and husband Gene of Vail, Ariz., Jill Rogers and husband Tim of San Marcos, Texas, Sue Mercado and husband Carlos of New Braunfels, Texas; stepchildren, Donna Brenner of Hutchinson, Paul Brenner and wife Vicky of Marietta, GA, Lori Martinez and husband David, Peculiar, MO, and Scott Brenner of Arvada, CO; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and sister, Pat Keller of Midland, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Laney residence, 7302 N. Madison, Hutchinson, KS, in the back yard. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, or Hospice of Reno County, all in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Source: Elliott Mortuary and Crematory

William Laney

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