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