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William Radney | Obituaries | The Huntsville article

July 11, 1928
July 16, 2022

William Marvin Radney, 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Marvin was born July 11, 1928, in the community of Rural Shade, Texas, to Birdie and Clyde Radney.
He graduated from Milby High School in Houston and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Houston. Marvin served in the U.S. Army, along with other chemical engineers, who affectionately called their group MACE, which stood for “Lost Army Chemical Engineers.” The MACEs held periodic meetings for many decades after they served. Marvin had a long and distinguished career in chemical engineering, working for Goodyear, WR Grace and Co., Upjohn and Project Specialists. Later in his career, feeling the entrepreneurial itch, he founded several successful consulting engineering firms, including Delhi Industries and National Development Resources. While Marvin had a successful career in business, the high point of his life came in 1952 when Marvin met Kathleen June Frishette, the love of his life, in Buffalo, New York. Marvin and June were married on October 31, 1953 in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. They’ve spent many memorable birthdays handing out candy to cheaters. Together they had two sons. An avid boater, Marvin was a life member of the Galveston Bay Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and teaching boating safety. He taught many boating safety courses and served as commanding officer of the GBPS in 1983. Marvin was a Presbyterian, and his faith in the Lord comforted and sustained him during his final days here on earth. He was devoted to his family and supported his boys in all their educational and professional endeavors. Marvin was also an avid collector of classic cars, the highlight of his collection being a 1964 Maserati Mistral Spyder. Marvin was the epitome of an engineer and enjoyed taking things apart, fixing and putting things back together. As a result, he never used mechanics or repairmen, preferring to fix everything himself, including all his cars, his boat, and the family’s appliances. Marvin and June loved to travel, taking countless family vacations to Canada (to visit June’s parents), Colorado and the Caribbean and traveling the world together, including their annual trip each fall to Canada to visit their family and friends. Marvin had high standards and demanded a lot of himself and others, such as a strong work ethic, integrity, honesty and keeping his word, traits he passed on to his sons and grandchildren. . He also enjoyed being involved in the lives of his grandchildren, from cheering them on at all of their sporting events to seeing each of them graduate from Texas A&M University.
Marvin was predeceased by his beloved wife, June, of 67, his parents, Birdie and Clyde Radney, his sister, Jeanette Murray, and his brother, Ronald Radney. Marvin is survived by his eldest son, Mark, his wife, Cheryl, and their sons, David and Matthew; and his youngest son, Terry, his wife, Ann, and their children, Will and Katherine and her husband, Tucker. The family has been blessed by Brigitte Snyder, who lovingly cared for Marvin and June during the last years of their lives, and Shelly English, who also provided loving care to Marvin during the last year of their life. life. his life.
Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Waller Thornton Funeral Home, 672 FM 980, Huntsville, Texas 77320. Interment will follow at Brooke Cemetery. The family will welcome relatives and friends at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. After the service, lunch will be served. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org to help find a cure for the disease that afflicted beloved June de Marvin or the Galveston Bay Sail & Power Squadron, 957 NASA Parkway, #140, Houston, TX 77058.

Published on July 22, 2022