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Joseph Francis Rooney, 88, Columbia, KY (1934-2022)

Joseph Francis Rooney of Columbia (formerly of Chicago, Illinois) died on Thursday, May 19, 2022. He was 88 years old.

A private funeral service will be held.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 19, 1934 to the late Joseph Francis, Sr and Gertrude Sharkey Rooney.

Joe loved his family. He was an animal lover, especially his dog Butch. He loved cars and trucks and would talk about all the cars he owned in his younger days.

Survivors include:
  • His loving wife, Mildred Fletcher Rooney of Columbia
  • Two daughters - Rhonda Walls (Ken) of Palos Park, Illinois and Beth VanArsdale (Alan) of Columbia
  • Five grandchildren - Jason Walls (Carrie), Jeff Walls, Justin Walls (Jenn) all of Illinois, Heather Stargle (Matt) of Russell Springs and Lauren Fletcher (Cameron) of Greensburg
  • Three great grandchildren - Aniela Walls, Riley Walls and Jude Fletcher
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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Joseph Rooney, 88, Columbia, KY (1934-2022)

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