Gerald Chaney, 87, of Mexico, Missouri passed on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at his home.

Born on April 16, 1930 in Kirksville, MO. Gerald was the son of Aubrey B. and Delpha (Mitten) Chaney. He married Ruth Stephens on August 20, 1950. Together, they raised three children; Marjory Kay Mathis (Philip) of Moberly, MO, Stephen Gerald (Colleen) of Saint Louis, MO, and Stanley Gayle, deceased, (Marlene Chaney Gish) of Mexico, MO at their sheep and cattle farm in Mexico. Gerald enjoyed spending time at the farm with his four grandchildren, Megan Chaney Walker (Preston) of Saint Louis, MO, Lucas Emmett (Diana) of Saint Louis, MO, Matthew James of Saint Louis, MO and Caleb Alexander (Josie) of Nashville, TN.

Preceded in his death, were his parents, Aubrey and Delpha, son Stanley Gayle, as well as two grandsons and one granddaughter.

In addition to raising registered Suffolk sheep and Angus cattle, Gerald was an active member of the United Suffolk Sheep Association, Missouri Sheep Producers and served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Missouri Sheep Merchandising Council. He was also a member of the Farm Bureau and a 4-H leader.

Gerald was very active in the Mexico First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), serving as Trustee, Elder, Deacon and Properties Chairman. He was also an Elder Emeriti Shriner, and served as Past Master of Hebron Lodge #354 Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite of Columbia and Moolah Shrine Temple of Saint Louis. His grandchildren have fond memories of watching him in local parades, zipping around on “those tiny motorcycles”, waving happily at onlookers.

Gerald cherished spending time with his family on the farm, traveling with Ruth, watching Saint Louis Cardinals baseball and watching the ups and downs of the Missouri Tigers football and basketball teams.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 8 at the First Christian Church of Mexico, from 12:30 - 2 pm. The funeral and masonic services will follow immediately after at 2 pm.

Pallbearers are Matthew Hoer, Doug Thomas, Bob Given, Dennis Becker, Kenneth Deimeke and Charles Duckworth. Honorary pallbearers are Howard Graf, Bob Graf and Kenneth Brundege.

Donations may be made to the First Christian Church of Mexico, Missouri. They may be sent in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.

Condolences at www.arnoldfh.com