Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Robert Rooney

Robert Rooney, age 94, of Quincy, died Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 4:18 pm in Blessing Hospital.

Robert Rooney | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisRobert was born September 30, 1923 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Lyman Carl and Lucille Bybee Rooney. He married Billie Jean Ruyle on July 12, 1943 in La Grange, Missouri. She preceded him in death on May 4, 2008.

Robert was a graduate of Quincy High School. He served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, from 1943 until 1946. Much of his time deployed was in the south of France. Robert was employed at Quincy Body Rebuilders, was the service manager at Keifer Dodge, and finally he was a mechanic in the garage at the Illinois Veterans Home, until his retirement.

Robert was a life long river rat and built his own pontoon boat. He was a life time member of Twin Oaks, where he served as treasurer for 30 years. At some point, he belonged to just about every club along the river in Quincy.

Survivors include four children, Michael Robert Rooney, Patrick “Pat” (Rosie Pryor-Rooney) Rooney, and Peggy (Grant) Johnson, all of Quincy, and Teresa “Teri” (Kent) Ayers of Fowler, IL; four grandchildren, Joshua Krigbaum of Quincy, Tera Schultz of Edwardsville, IL, Brian Ayers of Fowler, and Kristin Ayers of Chicago, IL; two great-grandchildren, Keegan & Mason Schultz; and a sister Monalee “Monie” Rooney of Quincy.

In addition to his wife, Robert was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Thomas C. Rooney.

Services: A wake service will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Twin Oaks Club (2707 Bonansinga Drive).

Inurnment: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Memorials: Any veterans organization or children’s hospital


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. Peggy & Teri, I am so sorry for your loss. I am very late in responding, but just found out. I feel like I was a permanent fixture at your house. Your parents were like my own. I am praying for and grieving with all of you. Focus on all of the “sunny memories”!

  2. we are sorry for the loss of your father. My mom(clara hessling) says she has fond memories of the summers spent on the river with your Dad….floating down the river on their pontoons !!

  3. Peggy and Teri, Sandy and I are so sorry to hear about your dad. We lived that pontoon boat. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sandy Grawe and Sue Grawe Murry

  4. Uncle Bob will be missed I hope every one keeps him alive in their hearts by talking about all the crazy things he did

  5. Hugs and prayers to his Kids and Grandkids. He was a good guy and I was lucky to have him as my Uncle.

  6. Uncle Bob was always a fun loving and great uncle with a terrific sense of humor. Thank you, Uncle
    Bob for all the pontoon boat rides and for putting up with us as ornery kids. You will be missed!

  7. So very sorry for your loss ,he will always be fondly rememberad since I was a kid Rest In Peace Mr. Rooney

  8. Rooney was a great guy, a gentle soul! He loved the river, loved the Club & loved feeding his furry friends on his back porch. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by many- including us!

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