Jerry Lee Haney peacefully left this Earth on September 12, 2022 at the age of 81. He was born November 9, 1940 to John E. Haney and Edna R. Benton in New Madrid, Missouri. When he was about 7 years of age his oldest brother, Herald, was already living in California, so a large portion of his family moved on to California hoping for a better life.
Jerry was a very engaging & charismatic character that people were naturally drawn to. Anywhere he went he, could instantly strike up a conversation & make friends. He had many friends from his childhood days that he still kept in touch with in addition to keeping in touch with his family. In High School he was a star football player. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Burkett, and together they raised 4 children. In raising his children, he instilled a great work ethic and encouraged his children to have confidence. Two of the summers Jerry’s children raised 2 acres of cherry tomatoes and sold the produce at Green Giant and the family traveled in a motorhome for weeks at a time. Jerry and Patricia were very wise to place this in the children’s hands as they earned the money which helped pay for their vacation. The kids would even hire their friends to help (the tomato fights were legendary).
Just out of high school, Jerry worked on cattle ranches, and later, owned his own cattle, horses and raised pigs. He always had chickens. His brother was a foreman at the lumber yard, so he worked there, he usually had two jobs along with managing his cattle. He had a good neighbor, Ed Mumm, who asked him to come to work in his concrete business and later he, along with a partner, Richard Rulas, founded their own concrete business. He enjoyed their success. Later he moved his family to Emmett, Idaho where he and his son started their own concrete company. He moved back to California and while there developed land and continued in the concrete business.
In his later years Jerry had so many stories and loved to reminisce about his childhood both in Missouri and California. He was a real talker. He enjoyed traveling back to Missouri to the big family reunions and came home to tell us all about it. He was a family man.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers; Herald, Barnell, John, Larry; 4 sisters, Evelyn Fisher, Bonnie Phillips, Martha Barrett, Jonnie Sakata; nephew, David Haney; son-in-law, Todd Rachau, as well as many friends whom he hoped to be with all of them in heaven.
Jerry is survived by his 4 children and their spouses, Sherri ( Kirk) Darnell, Troy ( Shelly) Haney, Shona Rachua, Rhona ( Steve) Mallea; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; his sister, Jimmy Hassett, and many beloved nieces, nephew's & cousins.
He was a loving father and a good friend to many.
We are so Thankful for all the caring people of Apple Valley Assisted Living and Heart N' Home Hospice for the heart felt care you provided to our dad and to us during this time.
There will be a graveside service held at the Sweet Cemetery in Sweet, Idaho on October 7, 2022 at 2:00 pm. Services are in the care of the Potter Funeral Chapel of Emmett, Idaho.