ROCKFORD, Ill. — Robert “Bob” C. Loney, 85, Rockford, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2007, at his home.
He was born Oct. 30, 1921, to Robert and Betty Kietch Loney, and married Eileen Jennemann on April 23, 1960, in St. Louis. Bob worked as a production controller for Chrysler Corporation for many years until his retirement in 1980. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II as a Master Gunnery Sergeant, and as a Carlson Marine Raider at Midway, Guadalcanal, Bougainville and the occupation of Japan. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and an active member of the OSF Fitness Program.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Donna Varner and Judith Rockers; his parents, Robert and Betty; four sisters; and three brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen; one son, Patrick Loney and his wife, Debbie, of Cleveland; one brother, Marion Loney of Henderson; two sons-in-law, Jon Varner of Minneapolis, and Christopher Rockers of Kansas City, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, James and Andrew Varner, Erica, Matthew and Charles Loney, and William, Abigail, Ellen, Jackson, Joseph and Anna Rockers; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4407 Highcrest Road, with Rev. Andrew Hougan officiating. Burial will be private.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.
Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, in Rockford is in charge of arrangements.