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I am looking up the family name Looney in the Washington State area. My grandmother's brother, Robert Lee Looney (dob 01/1883) was married to a Lelia Roberson on 12/25/1906. Can you help me research the records on them and their three children? I especially want to know when/where Robert died.

Answer:

You asked specifically when/where Robert Lee Looney died: he died 19 April 1961 in Olympia, Washington. He is buried at the Masonic Memorial Park cemetery there.

The State of Washington has a terrific online index to the records in their state archives. For example see the entry for Robert Lee Looney that gives the details of his death and the cemetery where he is buried:



You should search each member of the family in the State of Washington Archives online index. There are multiple entries for them. See: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Search

I also found records for their three daughters:

Laurie Allan Looney
Born: 23 September 1907; Olympia, Washington
Died: 11 February 1985; Olympia, Washington
Married: 24 December 1929; Olympia, Washington, to:
Thomas Victor Kingery
Born: 23 October 1897; Olympia, Washington
Died: 25 August 1975; Olympia, Washington

Here is a copy of their marriage certificate:



Their marriage certificate is online on FamilySearch.org
See: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.2/M9C6-PZQ/p1

After her first husband died, she remarried: 23 May 1981; Olympia, Washington, to:
Edward Harvey Terwilleger
Born: 23 May 1912; Marion, Grant County, Indiana
Died: 23 October 1988; Olympia, Washington

Here is her death record from GenealogyBank:



Grace Hannah Looney
Born: 3 February 1909; Olympia, Washington
Died: 9 May 1978; Pomona, Los Angeles County, California
Married: 24 December 1929, to:
Ralph Emerson Schrock
Born: 14 September 1904; Iowa
Died: 6 July 1979; La Mesa, California

Here is her death record from GenealogyBank:



Lucile L. Looney
Born: 20 February 1915; Olympia, Thurston County, Washington
Died: 2 June 1992; Olympia, Thurston County, Washington
Married: 2 September 1939, to:
Leonard R. Christensen
Born: about 1910, Washington

Here is a copy of their marriage certificate:



Their marriage certificate is online on FamilySearch.org
See: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.2/M9C6-Y5J/p1

Here is her death record from GenealogyBank:



To find more information, I would suggest that you:
  • Search the historic newspapers and recent obituaries in GenealogyBank
  • Order copies of the death certificates for each family member
  • Look for the names/addresses of the informants; contact the funeral homes and cemeteries to see if they have additional contact information on the family
Good luck with your family research!
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