Monday, March 19, 2012

SGM Isaac Haney, United States Army, Ret.

Isaac Haney was born April 29, 1930 in Starhill, Louisiana and passed away March 10, 2012 in Temple, Texas, at the age of 81.

Isaac married Julia Knight on August 11, 1952 and proudly raised five sons.

Isaac served his country in the United States Army. He loved being a soldier and rapidly rose through the ranks to Sergeant Major. His service included tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam. He was twice wounded in Vietnam. His military decorations and awards are many. But, he was most proud of his two Purple Heart Medals.

Isaac retired from the Army in 1978.

On March 16 a funeral service was conducted for Isaac at the Pershing Park Baptist Church in Killeen, Texas. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags at the entrance to the church to welcome the arriving family and friends.

The Riders then led the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, where fifty American flags were blowing briskly in the southerly wind.

After the flag draped coffin was moved from the hearse to the committal shelter, the Riders formed a line of flags at the entrance to the shelter.

Final prayers were offered by Major Jacobs of the Army Chaplain Corps.

The Honor Guard rendered full military honors. The bugler played taps. The detail of five rifles fired three volleys of fire representing Duty, Honor and Country.

The American flag that covered the coffin was folded into a tight triangle and ceremoniously passed to a Non-Commissioned Officer, who presented it to Isaac's loving wife of 59 years, on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for his honorable and faithful service.

SGM Isaac Haney was then laid to rest, on the plain of the cemetery, overlooking the Texas hill country.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, four sons, six grandchildren and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other dear family and friends.

With thanks to Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home for biographical information.

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