Daniel "Dan" Chaney, 52, of Stillwater, died Friday, December 30, 2016 at his home following a brief terminal illness. Dan was born on July 9, 1964 to Robert and Betty Jean (Windom) Chaney in Aurora, Illinois. Dan lived there with his family until they moved to Hinckley, Illinois in 1978. Dan attended Holy Angels Grade School. He was a 1982 graduate of Aurora Central High School. Always an avid reader, Dan continued his education at Northern Illinois University graduating in 1986 with a B.S.in Political Science. Due to his love of knowledge and history, Dan pursued his M.S. in Library Science at NIU, graduating in 1992.
Dan sent out application to various colleges and universities in the United States. He accepted a position in the Library System of Oklahoma State University and resided in Stillwater since that time. Dan attained the position of Subject Specialist Librarian and Assistant Professor. Dan was an integral part of the Mountains Plains Library Association. Recently, Dan had been speaking about his mission to lessen the exorbitant costs of college text books for students at colleges and universities.
Not only was Dan an avid reader, he also wrote and drew illustrations for books he hoped would be published someday. In the past few years, Dan took up long distance biking and enjoyed taking his bike on his travels and discovering the countryside. One last passion of Dan's was cooking and he treated his family to a huge pot of gumbo each year at Christmas when he visited. Dan was also the epitome of a "die-hard Cub fan" and was ecstatic to watch the Cubs win the World Series this year.
Dan is survived by his father, Robert and wife Lucy Chaney of Elgin; his sisters, Susan and husband Mark Siekierski of Batavia Illinois, Sandy and husband, Jess Davies of Hinckley Illinois. Dan's also survived by his nephew Kyle and wife Kelsy of Childress, Texas and well as hope and Matthew Siekierski of Batavia, Illinois.
Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jean Chaney in 1986 and his brother Scott in 2011. Dan was also the proud parent of his dogs, Stormy (1992-20089), Wrigley (2008-2014) and lastly Jenny who survives him. Dan's Dogs were indeed his children.
Dan will be best remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend.
Funeral service will be held Friday, January 6, 2016 at Palmer Marler Funeral Home Chapel at 3:00pm. Arrangements are under the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Stillwater. Visitation will be held Friday, January 6 from 9:00am to 2:30pm at the funeral home. Additional service will be held in Illinois under the direction of Dalieden Mortuary in Aurora Illinois as well as a Mass at Holy Angels Church.
Memorial donation can be made in Dan name to the ASPCA in care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home, 5106 North Washington, Stillwater, OK 74075.
Condolences may be sent to the family via an on line guestbook at www.pmcfh.com.
Published on January 3, 2017