June 4, 1949 – April 12, 2019
Lenard Paul Chaney, age 69, passed away peacefully at home on April 12, 2019. He graduated from Highlands High School, went into the Marie Corp and was proud to be a Vietnam Veteran. Lenard became a Roseville City Policeman which he loved. He suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident at age 28, which left him in a wheelchair. Despite his physical limitations, he enjoyed a long, full life. He maintained his sense of humor, a hearty laugh, compassion and visiting with family and friends, loved listening to music and watching movies. He is survived by his daughter Rachel Evans, and grandchildren Daniel, Jeremy and Thomas. Son Shawn, grandchildren Kiersten, Kevin, Kyle, and Kaden. Sibling Mike, Danny, Tom, Beth, Robert and Jeanette, multiple cousins, nieces, nephews and many life long friends. A special thanks to his family for pitching in to keep him home, especially Mike Chaney and Tom Chaney for caring for him on a weekly basis. A special thank you to his caregiver, Gayle Smith who lived with him and care for him for 20 years, who loved Lenard, became a part of the family and made his life very happy. Thank you to caregivers, Naomi and Regina who cared for him with kindness and excellent care.
- Rosary Service Tuesday, April 23, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, April 23, 2019
- Graveside Service Tuesday, April 23, 2019
April 14, 2019
I was introduced to Lenard in 1982 through Easter Seals and became one of his caregivers. An extraordinary and one of my dearest friendships began. Although Len had limited verbal communication that did not prevent his communication from his kind and loving heart. His smile and laugh were contagious. Lenard was one of the bravest people I have ever known. Despite his immense physical challenges, being trapped in a body that no longer worked independently, his heart and spirit marched on. I will carry you, my dear friend, in my heart forever. I love you, Lenard Chaney. I hope to see you again in a body that can run like the wind through valleys and up the mountains.