TOPEKA — John Raymond Quaney, Burlingame, died Thursday, May 5, 2022, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was 81.
He was born May 3, 1941, in Topeka, the son of Eugene and Anna (Heise) Quaney. He spent his youth in the Topeka area, and graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1959.
After graduating, John farmed and raised cattle in the Burlingame community until his last days.
He met his first wife, Marilyn McGeeney, at a CYO event in Topeka. They were married Nov. 27, 1965, in Emmett. To this union two daughters were born, Christi and Susan. Marilyn died July 26, 1977. Years later, John was blessed to meet Raylene Smith during a Singles in Agriculture event, and they were married Feb. 17, 1996.
John enjoyed farming with his son-in-law and grandsons in his later years. He enjoyed his grandkids and finding great ways to get into trouble with them on any occasion. He shared his love of the land and cattle with them all. Faith, family, farming and friends best describe his world.
He served as a board member for the Burlingame Co-Op, St. Patrick Catholic Church council and Burlingame Township. He was an active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Osage City.
In addition to his first wife, John was also preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Anna; two brothers, Martin and Thomas Quaney; his sister, Mary A. Quaney; and a stepgranddaughter, Madi Smith in July 2011.
He is survived by his wife, Raylene, of the home; his two daughters, Christi Droege (Brian), Burlingame, and Susan Brinker (Ross), Valley Falls; a brother, Joseph Quaney, Burlingame; five grandchildren, Chance Droege, Allison Stadel (Eric), Jessa Brinker (Aaron Branham), Dalton Droege and Jaci Brinker; a great-grandson, Stetson Stadel; four stepsons, Keith Smith (Cindy), Travis Smith, Jason Smith (Stephanie), and Rob Smith (Kimberly); 10 bonus grandchildren, Cody Smith, Zac Smith, Megan West (Jerry), Tristan Smith, Desi Smith, Gabrielle Smith, Christian Smith, Aislyn Smith, Duke Smith and Rylee Smith.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Osage City. Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Scranton. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the church, with rosary following.
Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care, TARC or Help House, and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451.
Condolences may be left at FeltnerFuneralHome.com.