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James Rooney

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James Rooney Obituary
James William "Stuffy" Rooney Jr., 85, of Brunswick, Md went to his heavenly home after an extended illness on March 18, 2016 at Vindabona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Braddock Heights, MD.

James was of Irish Ancestry, born on November 15, 1930 in Brunswick, Md to James William "Sarge" Rooney Sr. and Millie Malvina Nalley.

James' faith journey began at the First Baptist Church of Brunswick, Md.

James grew up in Brunswick, Md. He graduated from Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Md in 1948. After school he was called to duty into the United States Army on December 7, 1951, where he took eight weeks of basic training at Camp Roberts, CA and Camp Cook, CA. His rank was Private First Class in the 160th Infantry Regiment 40th Infantry Division, Company "B". Later, he would be shipped overseas to fight in the Korean War. While in combat he was wounded by an incoming mortar shell and was hit by shrapnel on January 15, 1953. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal (44 years later), Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. On the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War he was awarded another Korean War Service Medal by South Korea. James was honorably discharged on January 28, 1954 from Valley Forge Army Hospital, Phoenixville, Pa after a year of medical care and rehabilitation from all his wounds. He was a Disabled Veteran.

He began work for O.K. Market, better known to all that knew him as "Stuffy's" in 1948, as a Store Manager/Butcher/Sales Clerk in Brunswick, Md from 1948-1951 and from 1954-1975 for a total of 24 years. His last job was with Frederick Trading Company, Inc. as an Inventory Clerk, in Frederick, Md where he retired after 16 years, in 1992.

James married Patsy Ann Louise Kagey on July 11, 1953 in Beaver Creek, Md by Reverend Knibb. They were married for 62 years.

James was a Brunswick High School Alumnus (1948), a member of the Democratic Party, a life member of Steadman-Keenan Post #96 American Legion, Brunswick, MD; Veterans of Foreign War Post 10421, Brunswick, MD, and the Korean War Veterans Association of Frederick County. Silver Bit Riding Club where he rode alongside his Uncle William "Pink" Nalley, enjoying his love for horses and horseback riding.

James interests were Antique and Classic Automobiles. He was a Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nascar Fan, Korean War History Enthusiast, Maryland Lottery, Washington Redskins Fan, Vegetable Gardening and attended the Silver Bit Riding Club Horse Shows at the Farmers Picnic Woods. He loved horseback riding and taught that passion and love to his daughter Rhonda Lynn. He joined his friends at the "Liars Club" out at a local restaurant whenever possible where he shared fellowship while listening and sharing stories of days past and the present happenings of his friends and beloved town of Brunswick, Md.

James was preceded in death by his father James William "Sarge" Rooney Sr., mother Millie Malvina Nalley, one sister Mildred "Middie" Nalley Rooney Walker

He was also preceded by his canine buddy and family pet Nugget and his daughter's fur children; Miniature Schnauzers Jasmine, Jasper and Beagle Snoopy.

James is survived by wife Patsy Kagey Rooney of Brunswick, Md; daughter Rhonda Lynn Rooney of Brunswick, Md, brother Raymond "Pat" Lee and wife Brenda Rooney of Knoxville, Md; sisters-in-law Jacqueline Kagey Coffman of Waynesboro, PA; Shirley Kagey Rohrer of Ocean City, MD; niece Lisa Walker Shankle of Inwood, WV; nephew Michael Patrick "Mike" Rooney of FL; niece Heather Christine Rooney of Maryland and numerous other loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

James "Stuffy" will be remembered by family, friends and a lot of grown up kids who will always remember his kindness and smiling face behind the store counter at the O.K Market better known as "Stuffy's" Store on N Maple Ave, "Wenner's Hill", Brunswick, MD.

The family would like to especially thank James' brother Raymond "Pat" Lee and wife Brenda Rooney, best friends Floyd and Eileen Goetz for all their unconditional love, friendship, support and help during our husband and fathers illness.

The family would also like to thank Vindabona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center's Staff, FMH, A special thank you goes out to Internist Dr. Robert Kaufmann and Cardiologist Dr. Kusay Barakat and Reverend Susan E. Boehl.

There will be no viewing and a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Days End Farm Horse Rescue, P.O Box 309, Lisbon, MD 21765 ( online https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/gabbyferrisrehab ) Frederick County Humane Society, P.O. Box 3185, Frederick MD 21705-3185 ( online https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fchs/mdonate. Services provided by the John T. Williams Funeral Home, Brunswick.
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post from Mar. 18 to Mar. 30, 2016
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