William "Bill" R. Haney

August 3, 1935December 3, 2018

William "Bill" Ray Haney died peacefully on Monday, in his home in North Kansas City, MO. He was born in Trenton, MO to Clifford and Flavia Haney.

Bill served in the Army earning the Tank Crewman Award. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri and went to work for Russell Stover as a truck driver. He continued to drive for various firms for over 60 years. Bill married in 1957 and felt blessed to raise 3 children, enjoy 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren during his lifetime.

Bill's greatest passions were his family, truck driving, meeting and talking to people, and his pets. He will be remembered for his kindness and willingness to help anyone he could, because Bill "never met a stranger”!

As a truck driver Bill was considered one of the greats by his peers and was asked several times to help prepare the next generation of drivers by teaching. As always, Bill accepted the challenge and passed along his knowledge to others for several years.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father; sister, Maise Darlene grandson, Cameron Haney and nephew, Eddie Ray Haney.

Survivors include 3 children and spouses, son, William "Bill" and Penny Haney of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter, Louella and Tim Smith of Springfield, Missouri; and son, Tim and Brenda Haney of Kansas City, Missouri; 4 grandchildren, Tiffany Campbell, Matthew Smith, Ashley Haney and Caleb Haney; 8 great grandchildren, Cailin, Sabrina, Matthew, Araelynn, Jackson, Vanna, Jaleena and Aurora; brother, Ed and Freda Haney of Polo, Missouri; sister, Marsha Miles of North Kansas City, Missouri and several nieces and nephews.


  • Clifford Alvin Haney, Father
  • Flavia Arbuckle, Mother
  • Maise Darlene, Sister
  • Cameron Haney, Grandson
  • Eddie Ray Haney, Nephew
  • William "Bill" (Penny) Haney, Son
  • Louella (Tim) Smith, Daughter
  • Tim (Brenda) Haney, Son
  • Tiffany Campbell, Grandchild
  • Matthew Smith, Grandchild
  • Ashley Haney, Grandchild
  • Caleb Haney, Grandchild
  • Ed (Freda) Haney, Brother
  • Marsha Miles, Sister
  • Bill also leaves 8 great grandchildren, Cailin, Sabrina, Matthew, Araelynn, Jackson, Vanna, Jaleena and Aurora; and several nieces and nephews.

  • Matthew Smith, Sr.
  • Matthew Smith, Jr.
  • Caleb Haney
  • Daniel Nielson
  • Jordan Nielson
  • Gary Campbell


  • Visitation Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2018

William "Bill" R. Haney

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George Smith

December 6, 2018

I have been Blessed by having meet Bill as mentioned before, Bill was a true professional, a gentleman to every one he meet, he taught me more than just trucking. Bill set the example the true meaning of friendship, how to treat others. We worked together for years. Bill Haney thank you for being an inspiration to all. Rest in peace on the highway to heaven. 10 - 4 good friend .

Debbie Yoder

December 5, 2018

My Dearest Haney Family, may Loving memories bring you Peace, Comfort & Strength. Sorry will not be able to attend service. My Heart is with you in your time of Sorrow, Today and Always! Love you Uncle Bill! Your Niece Deb Yoder ❤

Randy Mathia

December 5, 2018

Bill was a great man! He was my bother in law, and always continued to remember him as a brother! Bill you will be missed by many. Thank you for blessing our family with your grace, and those beautiful children. Sorry I can’t attend, but will be thinking of you all. Love uncle Randy Mathia