George Kyle Gowing

George Kyle Gowing, 74, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family. George was born on March 29, 1944 in Orrick to George Mason Gowing and Grace Eliza Woods.

A native of Orrick, Mo., George graduated from Orrick High School in 1962 and attended CMSU in Warrensburg, Mo. George was united in marriage for 55 years to Joni Dee Scott.

Later, George worked for General Motors in the Leeds plant in various positions and as a truck driver for Cook Paint in Kansas City, Mo. In the 1980’s, George was self employed and started a steam cleaning business, who’s primary client was Wal-Mart Stores. As an avid BBQer, George started and operated Fubbler’s Restaurant in his hometown of Orrick, Mo. George also located to the Lake of the Ozarks to manage Millstone Marina. Throughout the 1990’s and into early 2000’s, George worked on various television and film productions in the transportation department. Notable productions include Nash Bridges, CSI Miami, Brothers & Sisters, Ride With The Devil, Flintstones and Windtalkers. George also owned and leased transportation equipment to the film industry. Throughout his life, he also managed his family farm. He was a member of the Orrick Christian Church and ADA Lodge # 444 in Orrick.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Sammy Lee Gowing; and a sister, Judith Katherine Bailey.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joni Dee Gowing of the home; his children, Mindy Hannah, Melissa Kelley, Michelle Burns (Alan), and Jeffery Gowing (Jennifer); seven grandchildren, Blake Fulton (Rachel), Tatum Hannah, Kendall Kelley, Georgi Pleasant (Ryan), Holly Burns, Grant Burns and Josephine Gowing. He is also survived by one great grandchild that is on the way; a sister, Sandra Gayle Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.

Masonic services will be on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo.  Visitation will follow from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Orrick Christian Church, with Rev. Art Endsley officiating. Burial will be in Riffe Cemetery northwest of Orrick, Mo.

Memorial donations in memory of George may be made to The Orrick Christian Church Expansion Fund or to CAT-PACK Program.

Marie Jean Caldwell

Marie Jean Caldwell, 87, of Independence, formerly of Stockton, Mo., and Orrick, Mo., passed away on January 23, 2019 at her home. Marie was born in Hunter, North Dakota to Lloyd Bloom and Emma Myrtle (Moen) Bloom on November 11, 1931. She was married to Robert B. Caldwell and they made their home in Stockton, Mo. Marie had lived in Stockton, Mo., for a number of years and left Stockton in 2012, following the death of her husband.

She had worked as an accountant for the Roma Bakery Co. in Kansas City for a number of years. She also had worked as a tax accountant and preparer for a tax preparation company. She later worked as a sales associate with J.C. Penney Co. While living in Stockton, she often worked as an election judge for many years. She was a 50 year sober AA member. She was a member of the St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Stockton and after moving to Independence, she attended the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Independence. Marie loved to fish and camp and enjoyed most anything that was done outdoors.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Caldwell in January of 2012; two sisters, Ina Brady and Betty Baldwin; and two brothers, Ray Bloom and Gary Bloom.

Surviving Marie are her children, Robert Stockton and wife, Joyce of Orrick, Mo., Andrew Stockton of Peoria, Ariz.; step-daughter, Linda Caldwell of Eureka Springs, Ark., and a daughter-in-law, Sharon Caldwell of Prattsville, Ark.; and a sister, Audrey Sparks of Stockton, Mo. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Memorials suggested to the Stockton AA Group in Stockton, MO, St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Stockton, MO, or the Salvation Army.

Marie is to be cremated. No services are scheduled at this time.

James Dean Culpepper

James Dean Culpepper, 62, of the Camden, Mo., area, passed away on January 18, 2019 in Oceanside, Calif. James was born in Leavenworth, Kans., on May 9, 1956 to John Dee Culpepper and Lillian (Wright) Culpepper.

James had lived most of his life in Ray County in the Richmond, Camden and Orrick areas. He had worked as a heavy equipment operator for over 20 years for the Kincaid Construction company in Kansas City. Earlier he had worked for Missouri Rock Co. at the Orrick quarry. Being a very talented man, James also did carpentry work. He had helped to restore the Assembly of God Church in Richmond and the Ray County Salvation Army store in Richmond. He had traveled to Seattle, Wash., where he built small homes for the homeless. Most recently he had traveled to Oceanside, Calif., where he passed away.

James liked to fish and loved the outdoors. Being a talented man, he liked to build things. He enjoyed blues music and classic rock music. He especially liked to spend time with his family, especially the kids, and his nephews and nieces.

He is survived by a daughter, Jamie L. Newsome and husband, Robert of Orrick, Mo.; a son, Chris Battagler of Rayville, Mo.; brother, John Culpepper and wife, Mary of Amoret, Mo.; sister, Joy Culpepper Story of Gladstone, Mo.; and granddaughter, Rebecca Newsome. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jerry Culpepper, and sister, Jeanie Culpepper Miner.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Alvin Langston officiating. Cremation will follow the services.

Memorials are suggested to The Richmond Assembly of God Church, 303 S. College, Richmond, MO 64085.

Charles Jesse Allen

Charles Jesse Allen, 86, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Orrick, Mo.,
passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Charles was born in
Orrick, Mo., on November 20, 1932 to Cecil J. Allen and Lottie L. (Dillen) Allen.

He had lived most of his life in the Orrick area where he was a farmer from age nine until he retired in 1993. He then worked as a successful Real Estate agent. He was a graduate of Orrick High School with the class of 1950. Charles was united in marriage to Carolyn L. Cole on September 9, 1955 in a ceremony in Harrisonville, Mo.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn L. Allen of the home; daughters, Karen Neese and husband, Mike of Clive, Iowa, and Linda Buchanan and husband, Sean of Orrick, Mo.; his grandchildren, Doug Neese and wife, Jen, Brad Neese, and Blake Buchanan. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will be at Union Cemetery northwest of Orrick.

Memorials are suggested to the Ruth King Veterans Transportation Fund and may be left at the funeral home.

Codie Devland Harris

Codie Devland Harris, 51 years of age, passed away in his home surrounded by friends and family on January 7, 2019. Codie passed away after three hard fought years battling liver and colon cancer.

Codie’s life began June 1, 1966 in North Kansas City, Mo., to parents Lydia and Clint Harris. He was a husband to wife, Sonetta, and father to his five children, Chris, Amber, Thia (husband Nick), Kristee, and Derrick (significant other Ashley). Codie is also a brother to his five siblings, Wayne (wife Susie), Sandra (husband Bob), Samara (husband Tom), Kathy (husband Larry) and Jay. Codie is also a proud grandpa to his five grandchildren, Madelynne, Evan, Austin, Codie and Lydia; and an uncle to several nieces and nephews.

Codie graduated from Libery High School in 1984 and soon after enlisted into the United States Marine Corps, where he served from May 1984-April 1988.

Codie was active in his faith at Orrick Christian Church, where he worshiped with loved ones and friends. Codie also loved spending time with his family, practicing his faith, camping, watching wrestling with his grandson, and spending time with his animals.

Codie’s spirit continues through his wife, mother, four surviving children, five grandchildren, five brothers and sisters, and his family and friends.

Please help us celebrate his life and come to the visitation that will be held on January 27, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Orrick Christian Church. The Orrick Christian Church is located at 401 E. South Front St., Orrick, MO 64077. If you would like to make a memorial contribution instead of flowers we have setup a memorial contribution for Codie’s five grandchildren. Please make checks payable to wife, Sonetta Harris, and she can put it in their savings accounts.

Pamela Ann Misner

Pamela Ann (Downs) Misner, 57, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Orrick, passed away January 3, 2019 at North Kansas City Hospital following a brief illness. Pamela was born in Richmond, Mo., on July 14, 1961 to James Robert Downs and Virginia Elizabeth (Stillwell) Downs. She had lived most of her life in Orrick and had attended schools and graduated from Orrick High School. Following high school, she had attended Cosmetology School and became a hairdresser and stylist. Pamela was first married to Edward Creason of Orrick. He preceded her in death. On April 15, 2004, she was married to Kirk Misner, who survives at the home.

Pamela liked the color pink and she loved to color in coloring books. She enjoyed playing Facebook games and had a love for Diet Coke. She got a lot of pleasure out of teasing and giving her brother Bill heck. Pamela loved people and making friends, which she did so easy. Most of all, she had an unconditional love for her family and being with them.

Pamela was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Virginia Downs; her first husband, Edward Leon Creason; a sister and brother-in-law, Debbie Good and Bill Good; sister, Pat Good; and a brother, David Downs.

She is survived by her husband, Kirk “Mickey” Misner of the home; son, Joshua Good of Orrick, Mo.; a daughter, Hannah Good of Kansas City, Mo.; brothers, William Robert Downs and wife, Kelly, of Richmond, Mo., Gary Downs and wife, Linda, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Mike Downs of Lawson, Mo.; sister, Terri Clark and husband, Artie, of Orrick, Mo. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and a host of friends.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, followed by funeral services at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at South Point Cemetery, Orrick, Mo.

Wilma Jean Light

Wilma Jean “Jeannie” Light of rural Orrick, Mo., passed away Friday, December 28, 2018. She was born on January 15, 1938 in Manes, Mo.

Jeannie was married to the love of her life on July 20, 1956, Kenneth Randall Light, in a ceremony at Hartville, Mo. They moved to Orrick in 1969. Jeannie was a housewife and mother and known by her family as the best cook ever. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and coloring in her color books, to tend flowers in her gardens and watching Hallmark movies and the Food Network. She loved to travel with her husband and she especially loved spending time with her great granddaughter, Brooke. She was a member of the Orrick First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Light and Ruth Mae (Oliphant) Light, her husband, Kenneth Randall Light, and two daughters, Candye and Sandra Light.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and John Culler of Kansas City, Kans., and a special sister, Anna Jennings of Orrick, Mo.; grandchildren, Christa Teegarden of Orrick, Mo., Joshua Teegarden and wife, Danielle of Kansas City, Mo., and Kurt Culler of Morganfield, Ky.; great granddaughter, Brooke Phillips of Orrick, Mo.; and her grand fur babies, Riley, Maverick, Jack, Cotton and Dexter.

Visitation will be at the Orrick First Baptist Church from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. Burial will be at South Point Cemetery near Orrick.

Memorials in her honor are suggested to The Orrick First Baptist Church.

Vera Lee Greer

Vera Lee Greer, 87, of Marionville, Mo., died December 16, 2018 at the Ray County Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Mo.

Vera was born on March 2, 1931 in the Roosterville area of Clay County, Missouri, to Shirley Hannah and Lola Addie (Gordon) Hannah. She was united in marriage in 1972 to William E. Greer. He preceded her in death in 2003.

She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Aurora, Mo. Vera loved her children and would fight the devil himself for them. She enjoyed farm life and watching westerns on television. She was an avid fisherman in her younger days. Her favorite saying was “Horse Feathers” when she wanted to make a point.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William E. Greer, one sister and five brothers.

She is survived by three sons, Mike Warner of Richmond, Mo., Harril Luman and wife Eva of Richmond, Mo., and Doug Luman and wife Clara of Stockton, Mo.; daughter, Sharon Joy Lee of Marionville, Mo.; brother, Ron Hannah of Ava, Mo.; and sister, Bonnie Broughton of Claycomo, Mo. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

The family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at South Point Cemetery near Orrick.

Roberta Dianne Patton

Roberta Dianne Patton, 76, of Independence, Mo., passed away Wednesday morning, November 28, 2018 at Center Point Medical Center in Independence. Roberta was commonly know by family and friends as Bobbie. She was born on January 30, 1942 in Trenton, Mo., to Rex Hamilton and Irene (Brittian) Hamilton. Bobbie spent her childhood in the Trenton area and attended schools in Trenton.

On March 17, 1961, she was united in marriage to Melvin Patton. He preceded her in death on February 16, 2015. Bobbie and Melvin had lived in Kansas City for a number of years before moving to Sebastian, Fla. Following the death of her husband, Bobbie moved back to Missouri in 2015, making her home in Independence.

Bobbie had worked for many different employers. Her latest job was as a crew leader for Duncan Donuts in Sebastian, Fla. Her happiest moments were when she was with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Melvin Patton on February 16, 2015; a son, Paul Baker on June 28, 2004; brothers, David Hamilton and Jerry Hamilton; and her step mother, Jean Hamilton.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Melvin Patton, Jr. and Kimberly of Independence, Mo.; and brothers, John Hamilton, Junior Hamilton and wife, Denise, and James Hamilton and wife, Sharon. She is also survived by six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at 12 Noon Monday, December 3, 2018 at Hamilton Cemetery near Modena, Mo.

Memorials suggested in her memory to Hamilton Cemetery, Modena, Mo.

Tahkota Thomas Christiansen

Tahkota Thomas Christiansen, 18, of Orrick, died Sunday, November 25, 2018 in Richmond, Mo., after being struck by a vehicle along M-210 Highway.

Tahkota was born on October 6, 2000 in Corning, N.Y., to Paul Thomas Christiansen and Linda Marie (Stebbins) Alsup. He moved to Orrick in 2012 and had attended high school in Orrick. He had been employed at the Richmond KFC and Taco Bell.

Tahkota had many interests, among them was driving around on his Moped and driving tractors on the farm. He especially loved hanging out with his friends. He loved dogs and especially his dogs, Ozzy and Mila.

Tahkota is survived by his father and step mother, Paul and Crystal Christiansen of Corning, N.Y.; his mother and step father, Linda and Daniel Alsup of Orrick, Mo.; brothers, Nathan Cratsley and Joshua Cratsley, both of Corning, N.Y.; sisters, Taryn Alsup and Kinzee Alsup of Orrick, Mo., and Airyelle Christiansen of Corning, N.Y.;
paternal grandmother, Bonnie Morrison of Detroit, Mich.; paternal grandfather, Hale Christiansen of Nashville, Tenn.; maternal grandparents, Henry and Claudienne Stebbins of Corning, N.Y.; and step grandmother, Alice Alsup of Orrick, Mo. He is also survived by his dogs, Ozzy and Mila, and his cat, Chloe.

The family will greet friends from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, followed by funeral services at 2:30 p.m., also at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services.

Memorials are suggested to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for Bi Polar disorders.