Ira Sanford “Sandy” Johnston

Ira Sanford “Sandy” Johnston, 74, of Orrick, Mo., went to be with the Lord on Saturday evening, November 10, 2018, at his home in Orrick, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on September 20, 1944 in Parsons, Kans., to Ira Clifford Johnston and Marie (Bircher) Johnston. He had lived in the Cleveland, Ohio area before moving to Orrick in 2014. He was commonly known by his close friends and family as Sandy.

Sandy had served his country in the U.S. Navy. He had worked for many years as an over the road truck driver and later he drove for the Kirby Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, until his retirement in 2011. On November 5, 2016, he was united in marriage to Penny Lou Webb of Orrick. Following their marriage, Sandy and Penny made their home in Orrick. Sandy enjoyed motorcycles and he loved to ride them. He also liked to do woodworking in his spare time. He loved the Lord and he loved animals.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Donna Sue Johnston on March 4, 2012; and his sisters, Dora and Rose.

Sandy is survived by his wife, Penny Lou Johnston of the home; children, Cindy Thurnau and husband Tim, Amber Villarreal and a granddaughter that lived in the home, Maggie Dorsey, all of Orrick, Mo., Billy Webb and wife Dee of Richmond, Mo.; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Dave and Eddie; several nieces and nephews and a special niece, Regina Lesley. He is also survived by his little dog, Little Love.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Dave Hackett officiating.

Graveside services and burial will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Pisgah Cemetery in rural Chilhowee, Mo.

Carry Michelle Shroyer

Carry Michelle (Richardson) Shroyer was born October 31, 1977 in Charleston, S.C., the daughter of Garry Richardson and Karen (Frye) Etheridge. Carry passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at her home.

Carry was a loving, kind person who loved her family. She enjoyed music, movies, eating out and spending time with her boyfriend, John McDonald.

She is survived by her father, Garry Richardson; mother, Karen (Frye) Etheridge; sister, Melissa Richardson; and four daughters, Katlyn, Brittney, Amy and Lauren Shroyer. She is also survived her grandfather, Richard Frye, and many other family members.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, MO. Funeral services will immediately follow at noon. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery, Orrick, MO.

Memorial contributions are suggested for Carry Shroyer Memorial Fund, payable to Garry Richardson.

Caroline Elizabeth Downey

Caroline Elizabeth Downey, 89, of Excelsior Springs, M0., passed away at 4:16 p.m. September 2, 2018 at the Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab Center. Caroline was born on July 26, 1929 in Orrick, Mo., to John Clevenger and Edna (Mills) Clevenger. She lived most of her life in the Ray and Clay County areas.

She was united in marriage to Charles Downey in April 1983. He preceded her in death on November of 2007.

Caroline was a licensed beautician and owned and operated her own shop from her home in Liberty, Mo., and Atlanta, Mo. She also had owned a restaurant in Atlanta, Mo., and for a time had operated the Bearcat Den in Orrick. Caroline was a member of Union Baptist Church, northwest of Orrick. Caroline loved to cook, and she loved to go camping. She especially enjoyed when the family would camp out at the Missouri State Fair. She loved her family and especially loved the kids, not just the kids she was related to, but all kids.

Caroline was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Downey; and her siblings, George Clevenger, Ben Clevenger, Leta Pottorf, Margaret Goode and Glen Clevenger.

Survivors include her son, Danny Wilson (Mary Kay) of Kansas City, Mo.; step son, Tom (Dana) Downey of Atlanta, Mo.; grandson, Todd Wilson (Janell) of Camden, Mo.; step grandson, Tim Downey of Atlanta, Mo.; and step granddaughter, Tammy Rhodes of Atlanta, Mo. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Blaine, Ethan and Emma Wilson, Cassie and Corey Rhodes, and Dylan and Lilly Downey, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick.

Funeral services will be Friday morning, September 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Union Baptist Church, northwest of Orrick. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab Center, 1003 Meadowlark Lane, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024.

Beth Ann Backeus

Beth Ann Backeus, 39, of Independence, Mo., passed away August 21, 2018 at her home.

Beth was born on May 23, 1979 in Kansas City, Mo., to Steven Whitt and Kathy Jo (Keys) Whitt. Beth has lived all her life in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Jackson County, Mo., and most recently lived in Independence. Beth completed high school in 1998 and furthered her education and received a degree in Business administration and bookkeeping. She currently was working as a bookkeeper for a medical supply company in Kansas City, a position she had held for the past two years. Prior, she had been a licensed insurance agent for Shelter Insurance in Overland Park, Kans.

Beth loved spending time with her kids and family. She especially loved to watch her kids play soccer and was happy to support them in their sports and activities. Beth also loved to work on rehab projects, fixing up old houses and restoring them. She also liked to swim.

Beth is survived by her mother, Kathy Jo Keys-Sanders of Independence, Mo.; her father, Steven Hogan Whitt of Branson, Mo.; children, Trey Alexander Backeus of Independence, Mo., Tyler Allen Backeus of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Ella Jae Farina of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and sister, Tabatha Marie Dinger of Lee’s Summit, Mo. Also surviving are two nephews, six aunts and three uncles and a multitude of cousins.

Memorial services for Beth will be Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. at The Gathering Baptist Church, 4505 South Noland Road, Independence, Mo., with the Rev. Francis O’Donnelly officiating.

The family will greet friends at the church following the memorial service.

Eldon “Rhodie” Woods

Eldon Ray “Rhodie” Woods, 89, of Orrick, MO, passed away at his home on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Rhodie was born April 28, 1929 in Orrick, MO, to Irving Woods and Lillie (Werle) Woods. He was a lifelong resident of Orrick and graduated from Orrick High School in 1947. He was united in marriage on March 22, 1953 to Marilyn Hagman. They
celebrated 65 years together this past March.

Rhodie served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He served as the Postmaster of Orrick for 32 years and retired from his duties in 1989. He served the community with his memberships and involvement with various civic organizations. He was a 55 year member of the Orrick Lions Club and was also a member of the Ray County Veterans group. Rhodie was one of the leaders that was instrumental in the development of the Orrick Senior Housing, where he served as manager for several years after it was established. He was a member of the Orrick United Methodist Church, and was often seen working around the church to keep it maintained.

Rhodie loved to drive around Orrick to look at crops and “check things out”. Then he would stop at one of the local establishments to drink coffee and visit with friends.
He enjoyed gardening, yard work, and spending time with his grandchildren, Eric and Rachel.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Marilyn J. Woods of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Porter and husband, Bill, of Louisburg, KS; a sister, Donna Steele of San Bernardino, CA; his grandchildren, Eric Porter of Dallas, TX, and Rachel Porter of Manhattan, KS; nephew, Tim Steele of San Bernardino, CA; Swiss grandchildren, Rahel, her husband, Reto, and daughter, Charlotte Christiana, and Myriam and her husband, Lorenz; along with several cousins.

Rhodie was preceded in death by his parents, Lillie and Irving Woods.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Orrick. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Orrick United Methodist Church in his honor.

Brian Ernest Nickols

Brian Ernest Nickols, 55, of rural Excelsior Springs, MO, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 9, 2018 at his home.

Brian was born in Kansas City, Kansas on August 24, 1962 to Haze Ernest Nickols and Martha Sue (Zismer) Nickols. He lived with his family growing up on a farm in South Carolina. One of his fondest memories was his love of the farm and his days growing up there. His family moved to Ray County in 1974. He attended high school in Richmond and graduated with the class of 1980. He was a very talented man and was self employed. He also was a minister for the Lord. Brian loved to help people and would lend a hand to anyone. He never met a stranger and he loved everyone he came in contact with. Brian was proof there are still good people in this world. Brian liked hunting, fishing, and playing cards. He especially loved his kids and grandchildren, his parents, brother and sisters. He had an unfettered affection for all of his farm animals, especially his pet turkeys.

He is survived by his mother, Martha Sue Nickols of Urbana, MO; daughters, Nicole Libby (Mike) of Independence, MO, Melissa Nickols (Harold) of Excelsior Springs, MO, and Ahlona Phillips of Claycomo, MO.; sons, Levi Nickols of Orrick, MO, Benjamin Nickols of Seattle, WA, and Austin Phillips (Brittney) of Kearney, MO.; sisters, Cindy Lampton of Orrick, MO, and Janet Sell (David) of Springfield, MO.; brother, Kenneth Nickols of Pasadena, MD; grandchildren, Elizabeth Libby, David Libby, Lydia Libby, Felix Lawrence, Elias Lawrence, Ayden Phillips, Natalie Phillips, Madison Phillips, Aubrey Phillips, Mackenzie Phillips and Masyn Phillips; nieces, Emily Pernice and Kelsey Bittle; nephews, Ethan Nickols and Wyatt Nail; and his former wife, Paula Ra Steele, mother of his children.

Brian was preceded in death by his father, Haze E. Nickols on October 24, 1999, and his niece, Crystal Lampton on December 31, 1992.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, MO. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home with Mr. Anthony Bengimina officiating. Burial will follow in South Point Cemetery, Orrick, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Brian Nickols memorial fund in care of the funeral home.

Marilyn Louise (Burnett) Fennewald

Marilyn Louise (Burnett) Fennewald, 69, of Orrick, Mo., passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at her home in Orrick. Marilyn was born in Orrick on November 2, 1948 to Jewell True Burnett and Neva Mae (Blacketer) Burnett.

Marilyn had lived the majority of her life in Orrick. She attended schools in Orrick and graduated from Orrick High School with the class of 1966. She was the drum majorette for the Orrick High School Band back during her school days and she was remembered for her top skills leading the marching band. Marilyn loved to dance and was often involved with dance contest in the area and usually taking top honors when she entered competition. She was especially good at doing the twist and many of the popular songs and dances in the early to mid 1960’s. She was also a very skilled roller skater. She was a big Elvis fan. She liked NASCAR racing and attending the car races at the State Fair. Marilyn worked at CMSU in Warrensburg as a custodian from 1994 until 2004, prior, she was a custodian and cook for the Orrick Public Schools. Earlier, she had worked at American Wilcon Plastics in Orrick. Marilyn moved from Orrick in 1994 to Warrensburg and returned to Orrick in 2015, where she remained until her death. She was a member of Orrick Baptist Church.

Marilyn was united in marriage to Charlie Fennewald, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and several siblings.

Survivors include her children, James Alan Duncan and wife, Amber, of Independence, Mo., John True Duncan and Charles Keith Fennewald of Orrick, Mo., Christina Louise McCormack and husband, David, of Warrensburg, Mo.; sisters, Shirley Ross of Orrick, Mo., and Virginia Funk of Gladstone, Mo.; and a brother, Richard Frye of Excelsior Springs, Mo. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Katelyn Louise McCormack and Alexander Dean McCormack. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her.

The family will greet friends Saturday morning, June 23, 2018 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Memorial services will follow at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Mr. Bryan Thompson officiating. Inurnment will follow in South Point Cemetery near Orrick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Lila Ann Thompson

Lila Ann Thompson, 70, of rural Orrick, Mo., died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the North Kansas City Hospital. Lila was born in Kansas City, Mo., on November 26, 1947 to John David Stagner and Edith Mae (Prudden) Stagner. She had lived most of her life in the Orrick community. Lila attended elementary school at the old Wallace School and later the Elkhorn school. She attended high school in Orrick and graduated with the class of 1966.

Following high school she worked for Parker McCory Corp in Kansas City and Tower Loan Company in Excelsior Springs, Mo. She also had worked at Whitaker Cable Corp in Excelsior Springs and American Wilcon Plastics in Orrick. She also had been a homemaker.

Lila was a member of the Orrick Baptist Church. She liked to quilt and spend time with her kids and grandchildren, gardening and going out to eat, especially El Sombrero’s in Claycomo. She also liked to go on camping trips.

She was preceded in death by her father, John David Stagner in 1979, two half brothers, Joseph Stagner and William Stagner, a half sister, Mary Louise Sidwell, and a nephew, David Allen Stagner in 2017.

Lila is survived by her son, Bryan Ray Thompson and his fiance, Debbie Chaney, of Liberty, Mo.; her daughter, Heather Ann Hurshman of Orrick, Mo.; her mother, Edita Stagner of Lawson, Mo.; a brother, Alva Taylor Stagner and Diane of Orrick, Mo.; four grandchildren, Dalton Holloway and Kylee of Blue Springs, Mo., Nicholas Jasper Thompson of Liberty, Mo., Chelsea Hurshman and Courtney Hurshman of Orrick, Mo.; great grandchildren, Kaden Holloway, Clayton Holloway and Emmalynn Leabo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will be Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Burial will be at the North New Garden Cemetery near Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to Orrick Baptist Church.

Jimmie Allen Hines

Jimmie Allen Hines, 57, of Fleming, Mo., passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Ray County Memorial Hospital.

Jimmie was born in Kansas City, Mo., on January 17, 1961 to Jimmie Victor Hines and Linda Lois (Fox) Hines. Jimmie lived in Kansas City before moving to Orrick at the age of 11. He was a graduate of Orrick High School with the class of 1979. He had worked for many years for American Fire in Kansas City as a sprinkler fitter. Jimmie was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved to go on hunting trips in Canada. He especially enjoyed time spent with his daughter and the time spent with his many special friends. His life was centered around the needs and well being and happiness of his daughter, Aspen Renee Hines.

He is survived by his daughter, Aspen Renee Hines, of the home; a sister and brother-in-law, Vickie Johnson and husband, Larry, of Richmond, Mo.; and two nephews, Jerimiah Johnson and Jason Johnson, both of Fleming, Mo. Jimmie was also the loving step father of Alexis Clark and Hunter Clark and his extended family, Scott and Michelle Saucier of Liberty, Mo.

He was preceded in death by both parents.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday morning, May 16, 2018 fro 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Cremation will follow the services and inurnment will be at a later date in Mt. Washington Cemetery in Independence, Mo.

Troy Thomas Hufford

Troy Thomas Hufford, 51, of Richmond, Mo., formerly of Orrick, Mo., died Sunday morning, April 8, 2018 at North Kansas City Hospital.

Troy was born on November 7, 1966 in Kansas City, Mo., to Billy Frank Hufford, Sr., and
Pearline Faye (Ellis) Hufford. Troy lived in Excelsior Springs and attended schools there before he moved to Orrick. He worked for various construction companies in the area as a carpenter and a brick layer. He had worked for a number of years for the City of Orrick in the Water Department and Street Department. He also was the maintenance man for the Orrick Senior Housing Authority for several years. He was united in marriage to Alissa Woods of Orrick on September 19, 1987. After leaving Orrick, Troy lived in Sedalia, Mo., before moving to Richmond earlier this year.

Troy loved building model cars and woodworking. He was a man of many talents and was able to fix just about anything that needed fixed. He was an avid history buff, and especially liked reading about The Titanic Shipwreck and about World War II.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Fred and Augusta Ellis and his paternal grandparents, Francis and Lucille Hufford.

Troy is survived by his wife, Alissa Hufford of Henrietta, Mo.; his parents, Billy Frank Hufford, Sr., and Pearline Hufford of Warsaw, Mo.; his daughters, Maria Elise Hufford, Katelyn Danielle Hufford, Samantha Elizabeth Hufford, Rebecca Lynn Hufford, all of Richmond, Mo.; brothers, Billy Frank Hufford, Jr. (Deanna) of Orrick, Mo., Donald Eugene Hufford (Ashly) of Warsaw, Mo., Howard Frank Hufford (Dalonna) of Elk City, Okla., Herschel Wayne Hufford (Janet) of Warsaw, Mo., and Richard Shawn Francis Hufford (Dee) of Lathrop, Mo.; and sister, Lisa Showalter (Philip) of Breckenridge, Mo. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

It was Troy’s request that he be cremated. Visitation for the family will be held on Wednesday evening, April 11, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Memorial funeral services will follow visitation at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Bill Pierson officiating.