Boonville resident Robert "Alf" Edney died Sunday, June 20 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He was 77.
Bob started planting trees in the mines part-time in 1944. In 1948 he worked in Engineering and Prospect Drilling. He started his mining career on May 7, 1954 at Peabody Sunlight Mine Local 1016 and worked in production until 1968. Bob had belonged to the United Mine Workers of America for over 50 years and served in every local union office. From 1973 until 1977, he served as District 11 President, International Executive Board Member and also as District Secretary Treasurer. District 11 included the entire state of Indiana. Bob returned to the mines after serving these positions and was a shovel operator at the Oakland City Arycoe Mine, Local 352, where he took an active role in his local union. The mine closed in 1978 and he transferred to the Chandler Aryshire Mine, Local Union 1907, where he served as vice president of the local, COMPAC Committee, Organizing Committee and continued to serve in these positions until his passing. He also served on various Black Lung Advisory boards.
Bob was one of two members in Indiana who served on the Pensioner Leadership Committee. He also served as President of the Retired Miners of Southern Indiana. In 1999 he was recognized as UMWA Retirees in the United Miner Workers Journal.
Bob had been a delegate to the last 10 International Conventions, dating back to 1973, with the most recent convention being held in September 2003 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Bob was active in Boonville's Little League Program for many years and the American Legion Baseball Program. He was a member of Stranger's Rest Masonic Lodge #240, Evansville Scottish Rite, Hadi Shrine of Evansville, Boonville American Legion Post #200 and Boonville VFW Post #3418. He was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Margaret Edney, in 1999.
He is survived by his mother, Beulah Marlow of Owensboro, Ky.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Linda Edney of Newburgh and Connie and Roger Ulrey of Boonville; three grandchildren and their spouses, Rob and Jana Ulrey, Ryan and Amy Ulrey, and Jeff and Kristy Ulrey; two great-grandchildren, Kylie Rae Ulrey and Kyra Rae Ulrey; one sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Ronnie Raymond of Owensboro, Ky.; two nieces; and three nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 23 at Koehler Funeral Home-Boonville Chapel, with burial following in Maple Grove Cemetery in Boonville. Military rites were conducted by Warrick County Veterans Memorial Services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the UMWA Local 1907 or ARC Industries.