Bob Marney 1930-2015


Robert H. “Bob” Marney joined his beautiful wife and our Lord in Heaven on Sunday, June 14, 2015.

Bob was born June 9, 1930, in Mayetta, Kansas, to James I. “Ivan” Marney Sr. and Mamie F. Belcher Marney. He grew up in the Rossville area and graduated from Rossville High School in 1948. He went to work for the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Rail Road im­mediately following graduation and worked there until his retirement June 10, 1991.

Bob enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on Feb. 23, 1949, and transferred to the United States Marine Corps on Jan. 20, 1951. He was a member of the General Sup­ply Battalion, First Combat Service Group, serving in the Korean Con­flict, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 19, 1954.

He married Teresa G. Besta on May 14, 1955, in Rossville, Kan­sas. They resided in Topeka until 1965, when they moved to Delia. They moved to Holton in 2004, where Bob resided until March of 2015 when he moved to Atria Hearthstone in Topeka.

His parents, a sister, Toria Ann Marney, a brother, James I. “Jim” Marney Jr. and his wife of 52 years preceded Bob in death.

He is survived by his three chil­dren: Sandy (Scott) Allen and Gary (Karen Lira) Marney, Holton, and Kim (Mark) Davis, Topeka; eight grandchildren: Lannie (Jared John­son) Thomes, Taylor (RaeAnn Pinkerton) Allen, Joshua (Erica Lembke) Marney, Torri (Travis Christian) Marney, Heather Mar­ney, Erin (Joe) Miller, Ethan Davis, and Sean (Sydney Chambers) Davis; four great-grandchildren: Peyton Thomes, Fallon, Aubrey and Eliza Miller; one sister, Elzora (Jim “Red”) Homan; one brother, Ben (Letha) Marney; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Besta and Terri Ker­win; three brothers-in-law, Bennie Besta, Bob J. (Susan) Kerwin, and Ron Cowan; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was very active in Lions Club International, where he served as Past District Governor for Dis­trict 17AW. He was also a member of Jimmy Lillard American Legion Post 31, Masonic Lodge 393, Scot­tish Rite Valley Lodge, V.F.W. Post 1367, the Jackson County Fair Board, and Jackson County Zoning Appeals Commission. He was ac­tive in Boy Scouts, Little League and Pony League Baseball, girls’ softball and Jackson County 4-H in many capacities. He was a member of Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton, where he was active in the SEEKERS Sunday School Class and JCMA Christmas Store.

Services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. The family will greet friends following the service at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 in Rossville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Jackson County Senior Center, sent in care of Mercer Fu­neral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special mes­sage for the family, visit

Semper Fi!


The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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