Richard Carney

Richard Lynn Carney, age 73, passed away on October 15, 2017 after a long battle with COPD.  Richard was born on July 14, 1944 in Southgate, Callifornia to Loiana and Wesley Carney.

Richard was a true visionary and entrepreneur. In 1974, Richard opened  his first automotive repair location in Ely, Nevada. His business would soon begin to outgrow its small location; the former old Carl Ooly building, where Texaco stands today. Richard purchased land on Fay Ave in 1986 where he built a sprawling 6000 square foot shop. He expanded his business to include collision repair and refinishing and this would become the permanent location of Carney Bros Automotive until its closure in 2008. During his time as a business owner, Richard mentored and employed several people in the community. He offered on-the-job training for those who needed work but didn’t have experience. His  love for cars didn’t stop with his business. Richard enjoyed drag racing in his free time. He built his first car in the late 1960’s and would race with his brother, Kenneth and several friends.  His love for racing was passed on to his children and grandchildren. He spent time building Junior drag cars with his son Dennis.

Children would gather with excitement for the roaring engines and smoking tires. Richard wanted to share his passion with others. Kids would come inside, sit in the cars and he would teach them all about the drag cars.  This growing attention would lead Richard to open a drag racing school at the Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1992. Children ages 8-17 would travel from all over the country to learn the basics and receive their Junior Drag Racing license. Richard would also go onto build a handicap drag car for children with disabilities. This was a true testament of his passion to help and include everyone. Richard received a vast amount of notoriety in the sport and would become a friendly and familiar face to racers all over the country.

Richard opened a second business in 1996, Xtreme Accessories, originally an automotive accessories retailer and would eventually become a cellular store until its closure in 2013. Richard also served as a White Pine County Commissioner from 2008-1012. Richard then retired to Las Vegas where he would spend his time enjoying coffee, westerns and taking care of his father-in-law, Norman Linnell, until his death in 2014.

He is best known for his compassion and love for others. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loiana F. Trowbrdidge Carney and Wesley M. Carney.

He is survived by his brother, Kenneth Carney, sisters; Carol Harison Carney, Maxine Rupe, Marilyn Ivan, children; Dennis Carney (Kim Ferguson), Diane Carney, Richard (K.D.) Carney and Krystle Carney (Bobby Stauts). Also, grandchildren; Heather Carney (Branson Beals), Josh Nicholes (Meranda Harrison), Sarah (Swain) Trujillo, Tarena (Chris) Warner, Jeffery (Amber) Nicholes, Neko Iverson, Bailee, Cooper and Dash Carney, Audrey Armstrong, Brooke and Carson Graham and Dexter Stauts; numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Saturday, November 4, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church  in Ely, Nevada.

A luncheon will follow.

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  1. harold robertson says:

    going to miss a great friend and a great human being , that is who Richard carney was to all people!!

    • LLOYD & KIM BALL says:


  2. I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family. May you find some comfort in this thought found in Psalm 34:18 “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted;He saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

  3. Martin 'Mike' Lensch says:

    Rest In eternal peace Richard. You were a good man and will be missed by many people.

  4. Martha Thompson says:

    Dearest Maureen and family: So sorry for your loss and so happy for Richard that he has that spiritual body never to feel pain, fear, or worry again. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your missing a great man. Love to the family, Del and Martha Thompson

  5. Sharon Lewis says:

    I am deeply saddened by this news. Richard was one of a kind. The world would be so much better if there were more like him in it. He was a good friend to my husband Joe.

  6. Richard Carney says:

    I hope Richard is racing cars on the big drag strip. I remember him talking about the car they had built with a Keith Black engine He was in Boise for Firebird and invited me to go with them for the winter nationals I didn’t go but Richard always made everyone feel like something special He was a great man. RIP

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