Jack L. Roney 1923 - 2009 Concordia
Concordia — Memorial services for Jack L. Roney, 86, Concordia, will be at 11 a.m. today at the Brown Grand Theatre, Concordia. Burial with full military honors will be at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Mr. Roney died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at the Cloud County Health Center in Concordia.
He was born April 17, 1923, in Richmond, Mo., the son of Edward and Edna Roney.
Mr. Roney served in the 23rd Depot Repair Squadron of the Army Air Forces during World War II. He later worked as a radio engineer in Sioux City, Iowa, and then began a 30-year career in the movie theater business, working first in Liberty, Mo., and then moving with his family in 1966 to Concordia, where they operated the Cloud 9 Drive-In, the Sigma I and the Brown Grand.
Mr. Roney was instrumental in securing recognition of the Brown Grand Theatre on the National Register of Historic Places, and was a founding member of the board of directors that oversaw its restoration. Following his retirement from the movie theater business, Mr. Roney operated Callaway Refrigeration in Concordia. He was licensed as an amateur radio operator, and was also skilled in repairing old clocks and radios.
He married Hannalesa Aggen on June 10, 1943. She survives.
Other survivors include his brother Ted, Kearney, Mo.; two daughters, Laurie Roney Blaha, Benton, and Marlesa Roney, Lawrence; and three grandsons.
The family will receive friends one hour before the services.
The family suggests memorials to the Brown Grand Theatre or the Concordia Baptist Church, sent in care of Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, 325 W. Sixth, Concordia, KS 66901.