Harold was born on Sept. 11, 1913 in Joplin, MO, the son of the late Fred James Rooney, Sr. and Eva Marie (Miller) Rooney.
Harold served his country in the Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 5, 1946 in Ft. Brag, N.C. at the rank of Staff Sergeant. For many years, Harold was a school teacher and elementary librarian for Monett. He had also operated his father's Texaco distribution service.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Monett, a member of the American Legion Post #91, a member of the Missouri State Teacher's Association as well as the Missouri Democratic Committee.
On July 21, 1944 in Charlotte, N.C., Harold and Mary Alice Petteway were united in marriage. They were blessed with over 62 years together until her passing in 2007. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Fred James Rooney, Jr. and Kenneth Earl Rooney.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Virginia Rooney, of Verona, MO; nieces: Patricia Rooney, of Mt. Vernon, MO, Connie Denning and her husband, DeVerne, of Nevada, MO and Anna Khialani, of Houston, Texas; nephews: Jeffrey Rooney and wife, Dawn, of Las Cruces, NM, John Robert Rooney and wife, Mary Ann, of Las Vegas, NM and William Raymond Rooney and wife, Maria, of Leawood, KS; cousins: Carol and Carl Maples, of Joplin, MO; and special friends, Joanna Daniels, Carol McDonald, and Jamie and Dyanna Guinn and family, all of Monett. The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care at Lacoba Nursing Home.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church in Monett. Reverend Walt Hamer will officiate. A private committal of ashes will be held at a later date at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, MO.
|In memory of Harold, contributions can be given to the First Presbyterian Church or to Habitat for Humanity in care of the funeral home.||Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, MO.|