Billy Dan Earney of Steelville, Missouri was born January 9, 1965 in Rolla, Missouri to Danny and Katherine (Henson) Earney and passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at the age of 55 years, 5 months and 3 days.
He married LaDonna Nipper in Belgrade, Missouri on September 28, 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.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Marion “Bill” and Minnielee Earney and Warren and Virgie Marie Henson; mother-in-law, Margaret Nipper, brother-in-law, Dennis Nipper; sister-in-law, Diane Nipper; and dog, Zip.
He is survived by his wife of almost 18 years, LaDonna Earney of Steelville, Missouri; parents, Danny and Katherine Earney of Steelville, Missouri; three children, Sara (Mike) Zacher of Cuba, Missouri, Casi (Colin) Cottrell and Michael (Alisha) Earney, all of Steelville, Missouri; two step children, Amanda (Adam) Pogue of Mineral Point, Missouri and Trevor (fiancé Aaron) Mitchell of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren, Brody, Logan, Lexi, Wyatt, Cameron, Elaina, Ashton and Cullen; three step grandchildren, Hannah, Chase, and Brayden; special dog, Moonshine; father-in-law, Clyde Nipper of Belgrade, Missouri; brother-in-law, Ron Nipper of Bosie, Idaho; sisters-in-law, Debbe (Chris) Free of Deer Park, Texas, Barbara (Derrick) Coleman of Caledonia, Missouri, Kathy (Brian) Pashia of Potosi, Missouri and Sandy (Dan) Brown of DeSoto, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri 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 in Wesco, Missouri.
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 were honorary casket bearers.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.