Friday, May 01, 2009

OBT: Allan Case Chaney

Dr. Allan “Case” Chaney
KERRVILLE — Dr. Allan “Case” Chaney was born Dec. 11, 1923, and was set free from his ailing body, peacefully at home on April 26, 2009, after enjoying a long, fruitful life.

He was a Kerrville native whose grandparents owned The Chaney Store once located in the building Francisco’s restaurant now occupies on Earl Garrett and Water Street. Richard Hiram Chaney, his grandfather, purchased the Chaney ranch in 1927. Case remembered a time when there was little to nothing on the south side of the river and to get 13 miles to the ranch required opening 23 gates!

A graduate of the Tivy High School class of ’41, he then attended Schreiner Institute (now Schreiner University), eventually earning a Ph.D. in biology from Tulane University in New Orleans. After joining the Navy, he became an officer on an LSM 345 during World War II. What began with a trip down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico on a newly commissioned ship, ended up in Tokyo Bay during the resignation of Japan. As a field Biologist, Dr. Chaney successfully influenced three generations of students in the processes of observation and study; realizing how important all the parts are to the big picture of our finite natural world.

Those left to honor and cherish his memory are son, Richard Chaney; daughters, Prudi Chaney-Peters and Teslin Chaney; wife, Kristin LaRue-Chaney; grandsons, Patrick and Sam Chaney; son-in-law, Mike Peters; and countless students who are long considered family.

“Lastly, he would recommend you shoot cowbirds, and remember that over population continues to be a problem.”

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2009, at 2 p.m., on the Chaney Ranch, Kerr County, Texas.

In lieu of floral arrangements, the family suggests memorials be forwarded to the charity of one’s choice.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory at by selecting Obituaries. Select “Sign Guestbook” at the bottom of the individual memorial.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Kerrville Funeral Home.

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