|Birth: ||Jun. 19, 1930|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 1987|
Jack was born June 19, 1930, in Charleston, Franklin County, Arkansas, to Sherman Norris Raney and Helen Pink Crabtree. He was second oldest of five children having two sisters and two brothers.
He was married twice. First to Pat (maiden name unknown) Forbes for a brief time. His second marriage on March 16, 1952 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, to June Elizabeth Carpenter, was to last 42 years, ending only upon his death. He had no children of his own, but raised June's daughter, Cheryl.
He and June spent their lives working together. They operated a cafe/bar in Chouteau, Oklahoma for a while when first married. He also had his own small trucking company, hauling hay, lumber, and other miscellaneous things.
They lived in Stillwell, Oklahoma for a few years. While June managed a nursing home in town for his mother, Jack worked a truck farm 7 miles outside of town with his father.
When they moved back to Broken Arrow, June worked in the nursing home while he truck farmed with his daddy. During this time, he and his daddy built a truckstop on old Hwy. 51 just north of Coweta, Oklahoma. They called it The Five Acres and he and June ran it. At the same time, he owned and operated the third largest vending machine route in Oklahoma, quitting only when he was diagnosed with emphysema. They closed the cafe, sold their company and moved to New Mexico where the air was dryer. While there, they operated a cafe, a small vending machine route, and a pool hall.
They moved back to Oklahoma after three years. Jack and his daddy raised and sold cattle and hogs for a while, until he and June decided to make use of her green thumb and build a greenhouse/statuary business next to the old cafe. They had a very successful business raising plants and exotic fowl and rabbits until the summer of 1980, when their entire business was washed away in a hundred year flood.
They rolled up their sleeves, cleaned up the area, and began raising Himalayan cats. While June spent time with the cats, Jack started raising metal buildings. Eventually, June joined him in that business, and they ran them both, cats and buildings, at the same time.
Just before Thanksgiving, 1987, he got sick with what they thought was the flu. He had Thanksgiving dinner with his family for the last time. One week before Christmas, he was admitted to the hospital in Tulsa, where he died at 5:30 a.m. on December 26, 1987, during the worse ice storm in decades.
Jack loved to collect old guns and other antiques.
Jack was an organ donor, who, upon his death, gave life to a 5 year old girl with his bone marrow, and first sight to a 7 year old girl who was born blind.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Pink Crabtree Raney of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
He is survived by his wife, June Elizabeth Raney of the home; one daughter, Cheryl Moore of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; two sisters, Alma Lee Fowler of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Myrtle Ann Blevins of Altus, Oklahoma; two brothers, Dean and Gene, both of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements have been made with Hayhurst-Marlin Funeral Home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He will be interred in Park Grove Cemetery, also in Broken Arrow.
Sherman Norris Raney (1906 - 1996)
Helen Pink Crabtree Raney (1908 - 1985)
June Elizabeth Carpenter Raney (1926 - 2010)*
Jack Norris Raney (1930 - 1987)
Eugene Wayne Raney (1936 - 1992)*
Sherman Norris Raney (1948 - 1988)*
Note: Age 57
Park Grove Cemetery
Plot: Section M, Block 12, Lot 2, Space 5
Maintained by: Cheryl Moore
Originally Created by: Charlie Crocker
Record added: Jan 05, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10261810
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