William O. Chaney, age 80, passed away on November 2nd, 2023. He leaves behind a legacy of service and love that will be cherished and remembered by those who had the privilege of knowing him.
William was born on July 26th, 1943, the beloved son of Clay and Mildred Chaney. He grew up alongside his 9 siblings, including Geraldine Greathouse, James (Ruthie) Chaney, Jannette (Larry) Losee, Sue (Jessie) Hollis, and Carla Borzeniatow. William was preceded in death by his sister Ann Ragland and brothers Larry Chaney, Leroy Chaney, and Thomas Chaney, who now welcome him into eternal peace.
William's dedication to his country was unwavering. He proudly served in both the Air Force and the Army, devoting over 40 years of his life to protect and defend the nation he loved. His commitment and sacrifice as a veteran inspired all who knew him.
In addition to his military service, William was an active member of the Masonic community, where he exemplified the principles of brotherhood, charity, and unity. His dedication to the Masonic values left a lasting impact on all who were fortunate enough to know him in this capacity.
Beyond his patriotic and Masonic commitments, He could often be found in his recliner watching classic war movies, western shows, such as "Gunsmoke," or "Bonanza," and "The Andy Griffith Show." When watching these shows a diet dew was never far from his reach.
William had been an active and dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the past 22 years. His love for the church and his commitment to serving others had been evident throughout his journey as a member. One of the many ways he expressed his devotion was through his interactions with the primary children. He had a tradition of carrying candy in his pockets to share with the kids, bringing joy and smiles to their faces during church meetings. Beyond this, William's missionary spirit shone brightly as he actively sought opportunities to share his faith with others. He acted as a welcoming presence in his neighborhood, extending a warm and friendly hand to those who needed their lawn mowed or their driveways shoveled. His dedication to both service and missionary work has made a significant impact on the lives of those around him, reflecting the values and teachings of the Savior.
Above all, William had a special bond with his grandkids. He loved to joke around with them, sharing laughter and creating cherished memories. In their younger years, his chest was a place of comfort and security, where they would fall asleep when they were babies. These moments of tenderness and joy were treasures to him and to those who witnessed the love and connection he shared with his beloved grandchildren.
Family held a special place in William's heart. He is survived by his devoted wife, Dora Mae Stoddard, with whom he shared a lifetime filled with cherished memories, joys, and the trials of life. He was a role model and hero to their daughter, Kellie Ann Isbell, and her husband, Chris Isbell, and loved his role as a devoted grandfather to Kayte, Kenneth, and Kennedy, which brought him immeasurable joy. Additionally, he is survived by his sister-in-law, Emma Maxfield, who was a dear part of his extended family.
Though William's son, Scott Chaney, had passed before him, their bond remains unbreakable, as he joins his son in eternal rest.
In addition to his immediate family, William leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews who were blessed to have him as an uncle and mentor. His wisdom, kindness, and guidance touched their lives in profound ways.
William's memory will live on as a beacon of honor, sacrifice, and love. He will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. The legacy of his service, love, and devotion will continue to inspire future generations.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to all those who have offered their support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, a cause that was close to William's heart.
A viewing will be held on Friday, November 10th, 2023, from 6-8 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 5233 S 3200 W, Taylorsville, Utah. An additional viewing will take place on Saturday, November 11th, 2023, at 9 am, with the funeral service following at 10 am, both at the same location. Friends and family are invited to gather, share stories, and pay their respects on this special Veterans Day.
Following the funeral service, William will be laid to rest in Hooper Cemetery (5301 S 6300 W, Hooper, UT 84315), where he will find his final resting place.
May William rest in peace next to his son, knowing that his memory will forever be a source of comfort and inspiration to those he left behind.