Carroll Russell Raney
Longtime Anchorage resident Carroll Russell Raney died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, with his family by his side at Providence Alaska Medical Center, due to complications from surgery after slipping on the ice and fracturing his hip. He was 69.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E. St. in Anchorage. A funeral service will be Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m. at Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 North St., with additional visitation one hour prior beginning at noon. An Alaska get-together for storytelling will be Sunday, March 6, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Air Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive.
Mr. Raney was born May 2, 1935, in West Plains, Mo. On a quest for adventure he moved to Anchorage in 1953. His first job was as a box boy at Piggly Wiggly, where he met his wife, Arlene. In the early 1960s, he and his partner, Jerry Urling, opened a grocery store in the Muldoon area. Soon afterward they opened and operated The Family Market at 13th and I streets. Moving on, in 1979, Mr. Raney and his family bought Value Liquor, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Throughout his career he did a lot of business on the Kenai Peninsula and made many friends and associates there.
His family writes, "Carroll enjoyed many activities which included flying, fishing, skiing, basketball and water skiing. He was a speed skater in the Fur Rendezvous. Much joy filled his heart to be together with his family, grandchildren and many friends. He will be remembered for his smile, sense of humor, and always having something nice to say. We wait in hope to be reunited, through our savior Jesus Christ."
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Arlene; two sons, Donald and Roger; daughter, Mary Funner and her husband ,Richard; and grandchildren, Michael and Victoria Funner, all of Anchorage; and his niece, Sandra Lofgren, of Peters Creek.
Memorial donations may be sent to American Diabetes Association, 801 W. Lane Suite 103, Anchorage, AK 99508; Lutheran Social Services, 2606 C St., Anchorage, AK 99503; or Open Arms Child Center c/o Anchorage Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. in Anchorage.
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