Peterson Funeral Chapel
Lawrence Ray Viney, 90, of Aurora passed away Friday, November 13, 2020 in his home.
He was born June 9, 1930 at 903 S. Madison St. in Aurora, MO., the eldest child of James Edward Viney and Clara Christina Brechbuhler Viney. Jim owned a farm at the west edge of Verona where a tributary of Spring River ran through his farm. They later moved there and their residence was located just north of the railroad tracks that runs east/west through the valley in that area. Lawrence attended elementary school at Crescent School District located south of Highway 60, until he was in the eighth grade. At that time, his parents sold the Verona farm and purchased a farm on the prairie north of Honey Creek located north of Aurora. The remainder of his eighth grade was spent at Oakland School. He then spent four years attending Aurora High School where he graduated in 1948. After graduating from high school Lawrence obtained a job with a company that had been contracted to build grain elevators for the MFA mill on Olive St. in Aurora located near the high school. Lawrence started at ground level on the elevators and went all the way up to the top, even helping to place the small building on top of the elevators.
Following this experience, he helped many of his neighbors on their threshing crew. He later drove a truck for Bud Lawrence of Illinois, hauling hogs and cattle to various locations. During this time he got calls from the draft board to report to Kansas City, and each time he would not be accepted. Finally on his last call he told the recruiter he wished they would take him for he would like to serve. Furthermore he could not get a job because employers knew he was of draft age. When he returned from lunch, the recruiter had written "Accepted" across the face of his card.
It was at this time that Lawrence made it a point to make contact with the young lady, Joan Clanton, who eventually would become his wife. His Sunday school class had a going away party for him and the two of them had one week together before he left for the service.
He took his basic training at Fort Riley, KS. and went to cook school. He was then sent to Fort Monmouth, NJ. where he spent a little less than a year as a cook. He was then ordered to go to Okinawa where cooks were desperately needed. While in Okinawa he experienced a typhoon.
Upon completion of his tour of duty in Okinawa, Lawrence returned to Missouri where he went to work for Carnation Can Company, although the work was seasonal. He remained there until he finally got to go to work for the United States Postal Service at the Aurora Post Office as a city carrier.
Lawrence and Joan were married July 18, 1958 shortly after he began working at the post office. Although they had no children they have enjoyed assisting their nephew, Jay Brashers in his upbringing and in their golden years, have appreciated his assistance and that of his family.
Survivors include his wife, Joan; one brother, Harold Viney of Aurora; one sister, Elsie Peterson of Aurora; a nephew, Jay Brashers; a niece, Andrea Beitel and a great neice and neohew, Bailey and Chase Brashers.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Peterson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Maple Park Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be held Monday from 5-7 p.m. in the funeral home.
The family has requested for those attending the services to please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fundamental Methodist Church or the Missouri Veterans Home.