MSgt Robert Edward Carney USAF (Ret.), Sr., 84, of Little Harbor in the Town of Sevastopol, WI, was called Home to be with the Lord and was reunited with his wife, Olivya, on Saturday, October 29, 2022 while in the comfort of his home with family at his side.
He was born July 4, 1938 in Villa Park, IL (on the west side of Chicago), the son of Robert Peter Carney and Esther (Inman) Carney. Bob grew up Presbyterian and attended Ironton Elementary School. He graduated from Fenton High School in Bensenville, IL. Bob went on to study chemistry and accounting at the University of Illinois briefly before transferring to Aurora College. He completed his undergraduate studies at Elmhurst College.
Bob first met Olivya Ann Bell in high school. They were united in marriage on November 10, 1962 at (Olivya’s) home church, First Presbyterian Church, in Itasca, IL where they remained members and Bob eventually served as a Deacon at.
Bob was drafted into military service and served with the United States Air Force actively and intermittently with its Reserves for over 15 (total) years. He retired from the Air Force and was honorably discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant (MSgt) on October 10, 1978. In 1982, Bob looked to reenlist in the United States Army Reserves.
Outside of his active military service, he was initially employed as a rural carrier for the United States Post Office in Lombard, IL. Bob worked in sales for Harshaw Chemical (part of Huber Chemical) out of Cleveland, OH. He was a paymaster for the Air Force Reserve in Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.
He was a former member of the Rising Sun #115 Masonic Lodge in Grayslake, IL and eventually became a Master Mason.
Bob and Olivya moved to Door County, WI, in 1978, a place Olivya’s family used to vacation to. They lived together in Little Harbor in the Town of Sevastopol. Bob was a Supervisor of Navy ship building for Peterson Builders, Inc. (PBI) in Sturgeon Bay and also Marinette Marine. Together, he and Olivya grew in their (Christian) faith, as they attended the Sturgeon Bay Community Church. As a veteran Bob, was a member of the American Legion Post 72 of Sturgeon Bay, WI. Bob was a perpetual member of the Free & Accepted Masons Henry S. Baird #174 Masonic Lodge (while Olivya was a member of the Honor Chapter #1 Order of the Eastern Star (OES)) in Sturgeon Bay and was a former Organist with the Lodge. As a Master Mason, he was also a member of the Valley of Green Bay Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and a leader of the Rose Croix. Bob was member and treasurer of the Peninsula Shrine Club (of the Green Bay Beja Shrine [of Shriners International]).
He was raised in a musical family (going all the way back to his grandfather) and enjoyed playing the clarinet among other instruments. Bob even played the clarinet in various Shriners parades and events. He learned to play the pipe organ at an early age and belonged to the Organ Historical Society in addition to teaching others how to play.
Bob and Olivya were blessed with over 57 years of marriage. Olivya passed away July 21, 2020.
Bob will be missed by his sons, Robert (Leandra) Carney, Jr. of McHenry, IL and Terrance (Sandi) Carney of Menominee, MI; grandchildren, Nicholas Carney, and Sabrina Carney, Samantha Carney, and Cassandra Wudarczyk; great-grandson, Abel Forshee; step-grandchildren, Mark (Dawn) Fletcher, Charles (Lisa) Fletcher, and Sonny (Cynthia) Matthews; five step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Diane Madeje Carney of Portage; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; twin brother, Richard Carney; and great-grandson, Tyler Matthews.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at Huehns Funeral Home on Saturday, November 5, 2022 beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a masonic service to be held at 6:30 p.m. and led by the Henry S. Baird #174 Masonic Lodge of Sturgeon Bay. The funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Joe Pytleski, of Sturgeon Bay Community Church, officiating. Military honors by the United States Air Force and the George W. Goetz American Legion Post 372 of Forestville will follow at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given in Bob’s name for Shriners Hospitals for Children (www.shrinerschildrens.org); The Alzheimer’s Association (https://act.alz.org/donate); or the American Cancer Society (https://www.donate3.cancer.org). Make sure to mention “In memory of Robert E. Carney, Sr.” in the payment memo information.
“Our family would like to extend a special thank you to Ken Messenger and Marcus Trana for the care given to our father.”
Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos Robert may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.