He was the son of the late Melvin L. Raney and Ida Jane Hawk Raney Bova. He was married to Betty June Sanders Raney on April 11, 1955, and she preceded him in death on April 20, 2001.
He was a retired head custodian at IPS #49, Indianapolis and a member of the Ernie Pyle Post of the VFW, Indianapolis. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army.
He is survived by his children, Eva Cline and husband James of Columbus, Ohio, Charlotte Rich of Overland Park, Kan., Rebecca Sue Norris of Indianapolis, Chester Lyle Kirby Jr. and wife Dodie of Houston and William L. Raney IV and wife Sandi of Houston; 21 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by his daughter Betty Jean Workman, his son Melvin Edward Raney, his grandson David Wayne Arnold, his sister Juanita Laney and his brother Melvin Raney, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mannan Cemetery.
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