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Mr. Robert R. Raney Jr., 62, of Peabody, died Thursday, August 17, 2017, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Peabody, he was the son of Robert R. and Ann M. (Illingworth) Raney. Raised and educated in Peabody he was a graduate of Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Class of 1972.
An honorably discharged veteran, Mr. Raney proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War where he was stationed in Zaragoza, Spain.
Upon his return from serving his country, Bob began his career as a programmer for BDP Boston/Woburn and later Tighe Trucking, Woburn. Well-known for his dedication and hard work and always striving to succeed, Bob became Senior Systems Program Analyst Manager for the East Coast Operations of Citi Corp. Bank.
Bob loved nature and animals and was an avid outdoorsman who excelled in several sports. He enjoyed skiing the Pyrenees Mountains, hiking the Appalachian Trail and the Bay of Fundy, Canada, and canoeing throughout New England. He traveled to most of the United States, made frequent trips to Bermuda and traveled with the Yankee Division Veterans Association on several trips to Europe following the history and historic sites for the Yankee Division during WWII.
A lifelong resident of the City of Peabody, Bob was a loving son, brother and uncle, with an outgoing personality who made friends easily. He will be deeply missed by his loving family and many friends.
Surviving Bob, in addition to his parents, Robert R. and Ann M. (Illingworth) Raney of Peabody are his sister, Maryann “Mae” Wolff and her husband, Donald of Peabody; his brother, Michael Raney and his wife, Nancy (Hopping) Raney of Derry, N.H.; two nieces, Meaghan Wolff of Peabody and Kaightie Chambers and her husband, Dale of Alamogordo, N.M.; a nephew, Matthew Wolff of Peabody; a great-niece, Autumn Wolff of Peabody; two great-nephews, Austin Wolff of Peabody and Zachary MacDonald Wolff of Middleton; and several aunts and cousins.
His funeral service will be held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Route 62), Danvers, on Monday, August 21, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lynn. Visiting hours Sunday, August 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Robert’s memory to a charity of one’s choice. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  August 18, 2017
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