William Francis Cooney, 82, of Greensburg, died at 4:20 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Greensburg.
Mr. Cooney was born December 2, 1929, in Barnsville, Ohio, the son of James Cooney and Kathryn (Neff) Cooney Brown. Before his first birthday, his family moved to Indianapolis and shortly thereafter moved to Connersville where he spent most of his childhood.
He graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1947, attended Purdue University and graduated from Earlham College and Methodist Theological Seminary where he studied philosophy and religion. He was a consultant for Cummins Engine Company for 12 years, a farmer for 12 years and a minister for several years, serving in Boston, South Vienna, Blooming Grove, Fairfield and Taylorsville United Methodist churches. He also was a professor at IUPUI in Columbus.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of German Township Volunteer Fire Department.
He married Linda Kay Hammond December 16, 1970, at North Christian Church in Columbus. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Joy Kay (Mark) Yeazel of Eaton, Ohio, and Tonia Charlene (Michael) Bertaldo of Arlington, Tennessee; seven sons, Michael Lewis (Alyson) Cooney of Columbus, Indiana, Paul Edwin (Kathy) Cooney of Franklin, Indiana, David Ray (Margaret) Cooney of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Mark Allen Cooney of Connersville, Indiana, Stephen Wayne (Veronica) Cooney of Columbus, Indiana, John Kelly (Natalie) Cooney of Westport, Indiana, and Roger Dale (Buffy) Cooney of Greensburg, Indiana; a sister, Sally Irene (Jim) Cook of Milan, Indiana; a brother, Charles (Pam) Brown of Connersville, Indiana; 27 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; the father who raised him, Louis Brown; and a brother, James "Buddy" Cooney.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport.
Memorial contributions may be made through Bass & Gasper Funeral Home to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the Alzheimer's Association or Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bassgasper.com.