FESTUS, Missouri (Formerly Brookfield and Youngstown, Ohio) – William R. Rooney, 92, formerly of Brookfield and of Youngstown, passed away late Sunday morning, February 19, 2017, at Crystal Oaks Skilled Nursing Center in Missouri, after a long and fulfilling life.
William was born August 23, 1924, in Youngstown, a son of the late Leo and Mary MacDonald Rooney and lived in this area until moving to Missouri with his wife in May of 2010.
His beloved wife of 60 years, June M. Haupt Hendricks Rooney, whom he married September 30, 1950, preceded him in death January 14, 2011.
He was a 1943 graduate of Scienceville (North) High School in Youngstown. William loved his country, and after graduating high school, was proud to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He served much of his military time in Europe and was a radio operator aboard a B-26 bomber.
William was a sales and service technician for Remington-Rand Office Equipment, working through various company subsidiaries, including Trumbull Office Machines in Warren and Campbell Business Machines in Boardman. Mr. Rooney retired in 1989 from Unisys, after spending 47 years in the office equipment business. After retirement, he spent 12 years working with Pinkerton Security, from 1990 until 2002.
A Seventh Day Adventist, William enjoyed singing and was a soloist for several area churches. Music was very important to him and he also sang at weddings, funerals, and social events.
He was a member of the Ninth Air Force Veteran’s Association and was a licensed pilot since 1945, enjoying his time in the sky. Mr. Rooney loved his church, his family, and had a great love of dogs. He will always be remembered for his warm heart, his big voice, and his firm handshake.
William leaves his daughter, Melody J. (Conrad) Weier of Youngstown; a granddaughter, Heather J. (Adam) Rowland; two great-grandchildren, Conner and Chloe Rowland; a sister-in-law, Elsie Rooney of Struthers and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife; a brother, Everett P. Rooney; a sister, Phyllis Stacy and a half-brother, Kenneth Aiman, preceded him in death.
Family and friends may call from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 25.
Committal service with military honors will follow at Petersburg Cemetery, where Mr. Rooney will be laid to rest next to his wife.
William’s family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution do so in his name to Praise Temple Church, 2131 Highway A, Fredericktown, Missouri, 63645.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary, and to send condolences to William’s family online.
A television tribute will air Thursday, February 23 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.