Billy Dan Earney of Steelville, Missouri passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 in St. Louis, MO at the age of 55 years, 5 months and 3 days. He was born January 9, 1965 in Rolla, MO to Danny and Katherine (Henson) Earney. He was united in marriage to LaDonna Nipper in Belgrade, MO on September 28th, 2002.
Billy graduated from the Steelville Class of 1983. After graduation, he was employed as a machinist for a few years and in 1990 began working at Perkins Cattle Farms as the Farm Manager.
Billy was a believer of God and on occasion would attend the Belgrade Methodist Church with LaDonna. Billy had many joys in life. He was a collector of antique tractors with his father. He was an avid antique pursuer for skillets, granite wear, buckets, and tools. His other hobbies included woodworking, hunting, fishing, and planting his garden. Two of his greatest joys were his first car, a 1970 Monte Carlo and a restored 72 Chevy pickup. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Marion “Bill” and Minnielee Earney; maternal grandparents Warren and Virgie Marie Henson; mother-in-law Margaret Nipper, brother-in-law Dennis Nipper, sister-in-law Diane Nipper, and dog, Zip.
He will be deeply missed by his loving and devoted wife of almost eighteen years, LaDonna Earney of Steelville, MO; his parents, Danny and Katherine Earney of Steelville, MO; three children, Sara (Mike) Zacher of Cuba, MO, Casi (Colin) Cottrell, and Michael (Alisha) Earney all of Steelville, MO; two step-children, Amanda (Adam) Pogue of Mineral Point, MO and Trevor (fiancé Aaron) Mitchell of Dallas, TX; eight grandchildren, Brody, Logan, Lexi, Wyatt, Cameron, Elaina, Ashton, and Cullen; three step-grandchildren, Hannah, Chase, and Brayden; his special dog, Moonshine; other relatives; and many friends.
He is survived by father-in-law Clyde Nipper of Belgrade, MO; brother-in-law Ron Nipper of Bosie, ID; sisters-in law Debbe (Chris) Free, Deer Park, TX; Barbara (Derrick) Coleman of Caledonia, MO; Kathy (Brian) Pashia of Potosi, MO; and Sandy (Dan) Brown of DeSoto, MO.
The Family received friends from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 and from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, MO.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, MO with Rev. Jerry Beers officiating. The eulogy was given by Trevor Mitchell and memories were shared by son, Michael Earney. Special music of "Only fools rush in", "Believe", "When I get where I am going" and "Go Rest High" was played.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Wesco Cemetery, Wesco, MO.
Honored to be serving as casket bearers were Michael Earney, Mike Zacher, Colin Cottrell, Denver Mahurin, Adam Pogue, and Matt Booker. His father Danny Earney and grandchildren, Brody, Logan, Lexi, Wyatt, Cameron, Elaina, Ashton, Cullen, and step-grandchildren, Hannah, Chase, and Brayden as Honorary casket bearers.
Please observe social distancing of six feet when attending the visitation and/or funeral. You may consider wearing a mask at that time. We thank you for your patience, respect and understanding for the Family and yourselves.
The Family was served by the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, MO.
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