Casey Ray Harney
February 26, 1957 – April 5, 2018
Casey Ray Harney of Henderson, Nevada passed away unexpectantly at his home on April 5, 2018. He was born in Lusk, Wyoming on February 26th, 1957, son of Raymond and MaryAnn (Vroman) Harney. They lived in Clareton, Wyoming where he attended a small country school. He then went to Newcastle, Wyoming for Jr High and High School.
Casey joined the Marine Corp February 26th, 1974. He went to Boot Camp at 29 Palms, California and was assigned to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville North Carolina later in 1974. He married Julie Quick in 1975 in Newcastle, Wyoming and reported to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii assigned as a radio technician. Julie joined him later in Hawaii and 2 daughters were born. He enjoyed rodeoing with the Marine Team. He also rode in the Pendleton Rodeo in Oregon. They returned to Wyoming in 1978 to work in the oil field. He attended Casper College and North Eastern Wyoming College Community on his GI Bill obtaining an Associates of Arts degree. Casey and Julie divorced in 1990. He then moved to Spearfish, South Dakota where he graduated from Black Hills State University with a Bachelors of Science in Education with the college of Applied Science and Technology. He obtained degrees in Math and Physics becoming a High School Math teacher in Clark Fork, Idaho. He taught all the Math classes along with coaching Wrestling and Football. He began his sailing obsession on Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. He and partner Debra (Wellman) Harney moved to Henderson, Nevada in 1999, and began teaching at Roy Martin middle school and several high schools ending at Basic Academy which was close to his home. He enjoyed teaching several different Math classes making sure his students were successful in passing his courses and graduating from High School. He attended the University of Nevada at Las Vegas where he earned his Masters Degree in Education + 32 hours. He married Debra (Wellman) Harney in February of 2000. He later replaced sailing with running becoming an Ultra runner (any race more than 23.6 miles). He completed many 100 and 50 mile races. He would say he was on his second lap around the earth.
He enjoyed fishing, camping, horseback riding and spending time in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming from the days of his youth through adulthood with his children and grandchildren. He loved growing up in Wyoming. He was very excited about his plans this summer to build a second home and playing with his new tractor in Show Low, Arizona. He spent many hours traveling to visit friends, family and going above and beyond to watch his beloved grandkids grow up.
Casey was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and MaryAnn (Vroman) Harney, 3 infant siblings, 3 brothers, David Billings, Kenton East, Danny Jean Billings and a nephew, Cody Schmidt.
He is survived by his wife, Debra Harney, 3 daughters Dusti, Becky (Eric Saunders) of Gillette, Wyoming, Melissa of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2 sons, Tom of Henderson, Nevada and Matt (Brena) from Las Vegas, Nevada. Beloved grandchildren, Brayden, Connor, Garrett, Kyler, Shelbi, Zaelur and Hadley. Siblings Randy (Rexanne) East of Texas, Sandy (Randy) Schmidt of Wyoming, Vicki (Dell) Chase of Wyoming and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Palm (Boulder Highway) Mortuary on Wednesday April 11th, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. with the service at 6 p.m. Another service Is being planned for July 2018 to be held in Wyoming.
- Celebration of Life Gathering Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Casey Ray Harney
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July 12, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. I only ever knew him as a student in his algebra 2 class at basic. He was always a great teacher and he is the reason why I passed math. I remember him wearing the same Basic polo shirt with khaki pants. He was one of those teachers who was so quiet until someone said something then he would talk with the people in the class. Everyday when i had his class and even when I didnt have it I would always tell him good morning and when i would leave his class i would tell him to have a great day. He was one of those rare cases in teaching when the teacher gets it. Mr. Harney understood that no one like the very dull and mundane topic of algebra 2. Thats why he was always working with students trying his best to make sure that the student could finish the problems. I remember one day he said “If your going to college then this is not the class you.” When i heard that I thought to myself “Oh well. Hes a great teacher and im not leaving.” I will miss Mr. Harney not only because he had a great impcat on me but also because I considered him a friend. It was a friendship between a teacher who succeded in making a boring topic like math “do-able” and a student. He was a very great teacher and he will be greatly missed.
June 13, 2018
Hey Casey, my music pal, thank you for your enthusiasm in all things bluegrass banjo. I'm glad I met you those years ago in Portland, at the Murphy Henry banjo workshop and then again, at my suggestion, at the Weiser Bluegrass Banjo Camp in Idaho. I will miss the fun of jamming with you at your house, during my occasional visits to Las Vegas. You made the world a better place for all of us.
Your banjo pal,
April 13, 2018
Well, my friend, you left us too soon. Every day for over 2 years I would see you walk past our house in your white hat and those water bottles heading out for your daily run. I miss this already. We have lived next to each other for 19 years and there are so many memories I don't even know where to begin. I will miss hearing you play the banjo from our open window, or the clanging of the weights as you worked out on the back porch. I will miss our chats outside by the mailbox or standing in our front yards, planning our futures and sharing our hopes and dreams together not only for us but for our kids. I will miss you and Dan working together so that neither of you would get in trouble from Debbie and me for not hanging Christmas lights, trimming the hedges in the front yards or any number of things that the two of you would come up with NOT wanting to do. You two always figured if you stuck together there was power in numbers! The list goes on and on dear friend and I will miss them all. But most of all I think I will miss your smile and the way your eyes twinkled with kindness. Rest in peace Casey you will be greatly missed on this earth.
Debbie Weickum (Hoff)
April 11, 2018
My condolences to Casey's family. I attended school and graduated with Casey at Newcastle, Wyoming and saw him in later years when i was able to attend the class reunions.
May he Rest In Peace and may his family be consoled.
Debbie (Hoff) Weickum
1111 E. Daley
Rawlins, Wy 82301
April 11, 2018
Casey was loved and will be missed by his family and friends even though he was so ornery when we were kids. He had a special quality about him and he loved his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends deeply. He will not be forgotten as he touched so many lives in a very positive way. Ranford and I will hold him in our hearts forever. God Bless all that loved him.
Rocky and Dalyn East
April 11, 2018
Uncle Casey will be missed but never forgotten. He was an aspiration for many and he has touched many lives through teaching, coaching, training and of course Family. We will always remember how Uncle Casey would ride the MS-150 and leaving us in the dust (ha-ha)! Supporting all of us, specifically his brother Ranford.
Casey Ray Harney....We Love You and will look forward to meeting up with you again someday.
April 10, 2018
So terribly sorry for such a lost he will be sadly missed by all of freinds in Gillette I always loved when I got time to talk with him on his yearly trip back peace freind
Jo Ann and Wayne Dunn
April 10, 2018
So sad to hear of Casey's passing. He was the neighbor hood boy when we all lived out to Clareton, WY. He was always a busy kid. Digging tunnels and caves in the back yard and everything a young boy does. Loved to see his progress in life and his passion for his hobbies. Will miss his visits when he came back to Newcastle.
April 10, 2018
Casey’s passing is the loss of a very special human being and brother.
He will forever be in my heart…
Forever your loving sister,
Justine (Dobrin) Wade
April 10, 2018
Sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Much love from West Virginia.
April 9, 2018
So very sorry to hear of Casey passing. Our condolences to all of his family and loved ones.
I grew up with Casey in Newcastle, Wyoming and enjoyed his friendship and am grateful for Casey's visit and attendance at our 2015 40th class reunion.