Robert Keith Blyth

September 22, 1923 – May 27, 2017

Robert Keith Blyth, 93, Lawson, died Saturday, May 27, at Liberty Hospital.

He was born September 22, 1923, the son of Ulvin Gordon and May (Wholf) Blyth, in Orrick.

He was raised in Orrick and was a 1941 graduate of Orrick High School.After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy serving aboard the U.S.S. Kalinin Bay during the Battle of Leyte Gulf and the liberation of the Philippines.

He married Rosma Joann Branham of Orrick on May 19, 1951 in Orrick.

He retired from the General Motors Fairfax Plant in 1978 after 31 years. After retiring he moved from Orrick to Cape Fair. They later moved to Warsaw in 1996.

He was a member of UAW Local #31, Richmond V.F.W. Post 4398 and American Legion Post 137.

In addition to his wife of 66 years, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Sherry Blyth of Warsaw and David and DaVona Blyth of Lawson; a daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Steve Best of Hannibal; four granddaughters, Jennifer Blyth and Tim Coleman of Independence, Kerri and Jamie Powell of Liberty, Erin and Adrian Keller of Columbia, and Andrea Collette of Columbia; two great-grandsons, Liam Riley Powell and Blyth Robert Allen Powell of Liberty; a brother William “Bill” Blyth of Orrick; his brothers-and sisters-in-law, Dwight McMullen of Orrick, Sammy Max and Shirley Taylor of Orrick, Vickie and Jim Barger of Liberty, Beverly Branham of Orrick, and Norma Branham of Excelsior Springs; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Donald Kent and Opal Blyth; a sister, Wanda Bryan; two brothers-in-law, Bill Branham and David Lee Branham; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Joy Merriman and Sharon McMullen; and nieces and nephews, Dannie Kent Blyth, Donald Keith Blyth, Alice May O’Dell, Janet Robin Brown, and Jon Bryan.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday, June 2, at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, with visitation from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and services at 2 p.m. His nephew, Pastor Sean Hoeflicker will officiate.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the South Point Cemetery Association, Liberty Hospital Hospice Care, or the Honor Flight program.

Condolences

I’m so sorry for the families loss…thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sherry (Mckown) Lutjen

Robin Lynn Branham

March 17, 1963 – April 26, 2017

Robin Lynn Branham, 54, of Hardin, Mo., formerly of Orrick, Mo., passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, Mo., surrounded by her loving family.

Robin was born in Richmond, Mo., on March 17, 1963 to Everett Lee Neal and Mary Lee (Peek) Neal. She had lived most of her life in Ray County. Robin had worked as a supervisor for Schlumberger Corp in Kansas City, Mo., for several years.

Robin loved her children and grandchildren and enjoyed every minute she spent with them. She also loved her dogs, especially her dog Daisy. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and watching crime shows on TV.

Robin was preceded in death by her father, Everett Neal, and her first husband, John Phillip Johnson of Milan, Mo., and a brother, Cecil John Polson, of Marceline, Mo.

Survivors include her mother, Mary Lee Hoover of Richmond, Mo.; daughters, Vanessa Clark (Dennis) of Hardin, Mo., and Alisha Marie Branham (Will Henry) of Hamilton, Mo.; brothers, Wilbur Polson of Richmond, Mo., and John Polson of Marceline, Mo.; sisters, Pam Wilks of Warrensburg, Mo., and Glenda Reed of Hardin, Mo.; grandchildren, Dennis Lee Clark III and Dalton John Clark, both of Hardin, Mo., and Zaiden Ryan Branham of Hamilton, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick from 1 to 2 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation to follow services.

Memorials are suggested to the family to help defray funeral expenses.

Warren Todd Gaines

December 9, 1968 – April 4, 2017

Warren Todd Gaines, 48, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., formerly of Orrick, Mo., passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., following a lengthy illness.

Todd was born on December 9, 1968 In Excelsior Springs, Mo., to Edwin Harold Gaines, Jr. and Astrid Voelker. He was a lifelong area resident. Todd was a graduate of Orrick High School with the class of 1987. He was united in marriage to Kimberly J. Scenter on October 4, 2008.

Todd had worked for the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant in Claycomo for 14 years before he was forced to retire for medical reasons in 2005. He was a member of UAW local 249 in Claycomo. Todd was a member of the ES First Assembly of God Church in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Todd loved being with his family and he enjoyed working and restoring cars.

Todd is survived by his wife, Kimberly J. Gaines of the home; his children, Madilyn Madrigal of Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Knoster, Mo., Sierrah Gaines of Kansas City, Mo., Allyson Madrigal and Brayden Gaines, both of the home; his father and step-mother, Edwin Harold Gaines and Trudy of Orrick, Mo.; his mother and step-father, Astrid Buchanan and Kevin of Terri Haute, Ind; siblings, Sylvia Cook (Joe) of Scramento, Calif., Karen McGlothlin (Darrin) of Orrick, Mo., Michael Rimmer of Norborne, Mo., Valerie Creel (Bobby) of San Jose, Calif., and Daniel Bergeron (Erica) of Santa Rosa, Calif.; several nieces and nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Larry Block officiating. Burial will follow in South Point Cemetery near Orrick, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Research Hospital, 2316 Meyer Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64132, or ES First Assembly of God Church, 1800 W. Highway 69, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024.

Condolences

Gaines Family,
Please know that we are praying for all of you in this most difficult time and that we are here for you if you should need anything at all. God bless you all.
The Moorehead Family,
Chuck, Janet, Mitchell and Jackson.

Kim,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss.
Jennifer Anderson

Please know that our prayers are lifting you and your family up at this sorrowful time.
All our love,
Carol (Lee) Gaines and Bob Callaway

James Thomas “Bobo” McAfee

August 14, 1951 – March 23, 2017

James Thomas “Bobo” McAfee, 65 of Richmond, Mo., formerly of Orrick, Mo., passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017 at North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, Mo. Bobo, as he was commonly called, was born on August 14, 1951 in Lexington, Mo., to Malcolm Wayne McAfee and Marcella Rose (Martin) McAfee. He had lived most of his life in Orrick and was most proud of his Orrick roots.

Bobo was an avid sports fan. He loved the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs as well as the MU footall team. He was the Orrick Bearcats biggest fan and was there to support and root for them at every game he could attend. Bobo was always up on the stats of most major league ball clubs and could recite those stats to you instantly if asked. Bobo enjoyed playing Bingo with his friends at Shirkey Nursing and Rehab Center and he loved to tease and joke about giving his friends a knuckle sandwich or a black eye. He was always a happy person and enjoyed life with his family and friends. He was of the Baptist faith.

Bobo was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm W. McAfee in 1989 and Marcella Rose “Tot” McAfee in 2012.

Survivors include a brother, Kenneth Wayne McAfee and wife, Sandra of Orrick, Mo., and a sister, Leisa McAfee-Cook and husband, Dennis of Orrick, Mo.; uncle, Ronnie Barber and wife, Helen of St. Joseph, Mo., and an aunt, Fern Briscoe of Raymore, Mo.; niece, Kenda Ransom and husband, Steve of Concord, N.C.; great niece, Sophia Ransom, and a great nephew, Dane Ransom, both of Concord, N.C.; numerous cousins and loving friends.

Visitation will be 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery near Orrick.

Memorials are suggested to the Orrick Quarterback Club or Shirkey Nursing and Rehab Center.

Condolences

We’re so sad to hear of the Passing of our Good Friend Jimmy.
There wasn’t a day go by no matter how he felt good or bad that he didn’t have a kind word to say … sometimes in a joking but light-hearted manner. He was one of God’s special gifts to this world to show us that love and the simple things in life are most important. I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity to have known him.
Rev Wm G Purcell

My Love & Prayers Be With You As Your Family Morns The Loss Of BOBO. Know That You All Are In Our Prayers. Sorry For Your Loss, He Will Be Missed By Many.
Pam Bowlin

Vickie Jean Mackey

July 3, 1955 – February 18, 2017

Vickie Jean Mackey, 61, of Lowry City, Mo., formerly of Richmond, Mo., passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Shirkey Nursing and Rehab Center in Richmond.

Vickie was born on July 3, 1955 in Richmond to Lawrence Nelson White and Betty Jean (Yallaly) White. She had lived much of her life in Richmond and Ray County before moving to Lowry City in 2010. Vickie was a business administrative assistant at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Mo., for 16 years and retired in 2010.

Vickie loved planting flowers and gardening, she enjoyed reading and liked to make home made lotions. She loved animals and especially loved her dogs.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Jean Gowing on February 21, 2010 and her stepfather, Sammy Lee Gowing, on August 20, 2013.

Survivors include her father, Lawrence Nelson White of Richmond, Mo.; four sons, Ronnie Nelson Bartley of Kansas City, Mo., Nathan Preston Bartley of Camden, Mo., Landon Chase Bartley and Joshua Ryan Bartley, both of Rayville, Mo.; a brother, David Lawrence White (Julie) of Richmond, Mo., and a sister, Samantha Johnson (Bob) of Liberty, Mo.; five grandchildren; two nephews and two nieces; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation for the family will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Graveside services will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Richmond Memory Gardens, Richmond, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to Shirkey Hospice, 804 Wollard Blvd., Richmond, MO 64085.

Vina Marie O’Dell

November 1, 1926 – February 13, 2017

Vina Marie O’Dell, 90, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at the home of her daughter near Orrick.

Vina was born on November 1, 1926 in Orrick, Mo., to Jesse David Covey and Mary Elizabeth (Lee) Covey.

She was a lifelong resident of the Orrick community. She was united in marriage to Luther Lee O’Dell, Sr. on February 24, 1943. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2009. Vina was a homemaker and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed country bluegrass music, going to the lake and fishing. She also loved gardening and tending to her flower beds. She also was fond of raising baby chickens.

Vina was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Mary Covey; her husband, Luther Lee O’Dell, Sr. in 2009; her son, Jessie O’Dell in 2001; two daughters, Mary Lee Morrison in 2011 and JoAnn Collins in 2008; and her siblings, David, Jim, and Bessie.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Luther Lee O’Dell, Jr. and Jimmie and Gale O’Dell, all of Orrick, Mo.; daughters, Janet Millsap of Richmond, Mo., and Shirley Offutt of Orrick, Mo.; Dorothy and Bob Bell of Higginsville, Mo.; 15 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, and 42 great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with burial following at the City Cemetery in Richmond, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to the Orrick Fire and Rescue Squad.

Donald Lee Hayes

Donald Lee Hayes, 81, of Richmond, Mo., passed away on January 19, 2017 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo. He was born in Orrick, Mo., and lived most of his life in Northeast Kansas City before moving to Richmond, Mo., which he always loved the small town life.

Donald worked at Certain Teed for over 29 years, and with C. W. Marrs before retiring to live the good life. In his spare time, he enjoyed working puzzles, going on road trips, casinos, being with his family and visiting with people at Daddy’s 10-13 Diner, which was named after him and of which he was very proud of. He was also a great craftsman, he could construct and build anything.

Donald was extremely loving and proud of his three daughters, Debbie Gorman, Sherrie Davis and Donna Brinkoetter and her husband, Steve. He is also survived by his sister, Doris Waskom of Morriston, Fla., as well as his five grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends, as well as his two cats, Elvis and Buddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Estel and Freida Hayes, one great grandson, Brian Lee Hayes, and an uncle, Billy Joe Stevinson.

A special thank you to the doctors and nurses for their care and support at Centerpoint Medical Center.

Memorial donations may be given to Ray County Humane Society, 200 South College Street, Richmond, MO 64085.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the funeral home with Pastor Nelson Holmes officiating. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery near Orrick, Mo.

Louise Elizabeth Manns

October 2, 1921 – January 14, 2017

Louise Elizabeth Manns, 95, of Excelsior Springs, passed away Saturday evening, January 14, 2017 at the Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Louise was born on October 2, 1921 in Sedalia, Mo., to David Linwood Wilson and Delberta Frances (Wheeler) Wilson. She had lived in the Excelsior Springs area for several years. She was a homemaker, wife, and grandmother.

She had been a member of the Rose of Sharon Penecostal Church for a number of years and most recently was a member of the Souls Harbor Assembly of God Church in Independence, Mo. Louise loved her dogs, playing cards and Bingo. She especially loved her grandchildren and getting together with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl Roscoe Manns, who died in 1986; two sons, Jimmy Lee Manns and Bobby Dean Manns; brothers, David Henry Wilson, Paul Linwood Wilson, and Forrest Gayle Wilson.

Survivors include one son, Earl William “Bill” Manns (Jeanne) of Gravois Mills, Mo., and two daughters, Earlene Frances Hoskins (Ronald) of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Joyce Ann Corliss of Lawson, Mo. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and 87 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11:30 a.m. at the Souls Harbor Assembly of God Church, 17138 East 39th Street South, Independence, MO 64055, with Rev. Darrel Burch and Rev. Larry Hoskins officiating. Burial will follow in Siegel Cemetery south of Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Shirley Louise Rogers

February 19, 1956  – January 14, 2017

Shirley Louise Rogers, of Camden, Mo., passed away on January 14, 2017 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born on February 19, 1956 in Lexington, Mo., to Roy Junior “Pete” Merriman and Marilyn Joy Branham Merriman.

She graduated from Orrick High School with the class of 1974. She retired from the medical offices of Dr.’s Hellman & Rosen after working there for many years. She was a member of the Fleming Baptist Church. Shirley volunteered at the Fleming food pantry during its operation. She served the food pantry with great dedication and passion and made many friends during the time she served. Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was well known for her talent for cooking.

She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Gary Jo Rogers, of the home in Camden, Mo.; two sons, Kevin Les Rogers and Aaron Jo Rogers, both of Camden, Mo.; one daughter, Shannon Lynn Turner of Camden, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Hunter Riley, Amber Riley, and Dillion Rogers, all of Richmond, Mo., Nick Beck and Clayton Beck, both of Camden, Mo., Carlie Turner and Kyle Turner, both of Orrick, Mo.; sisters, Debra Joy Bishop of Kansas City, Mo., Linda Hufford of Oak Grove, Mo., and Christi Arbuckle of Moses Lake, Wash.; brothers, Scott Merriman and Jeff Merriman, both of Orrick, Mo., and Jim Merriman of Fort Scott, Kans.; numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Jr. “Pete” and Marilyn Joy Merriman; two brothers, Alan Eugene Merriman and Donald Roy Merriman; two nephews, Ryan Christopher Arbuckle and David Roy Merriman; and one great nephew, Erik Peery.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, followed by memorial services at 2 p.m., also at the funeral home. Her grandson’s will serve as Honorary pallbearers, Hunter Riley, Dillion Rogers, Kyle Turner, Clayton Beck and Nick Beck.

Velma Helen Stockton

December 4, 1928 – October 29, 2016

Velma Helen Stockton, 87 of Liberty, Mo., formerly of Orrick, Mo., died October 29, 2016 at the Vallely Manor Care Center in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Velma was born on December 4, 1928 in Lawson, Mo., to Valentine and Helen (Hurst) Goodman. Velma was united in marriage to Robert Preston “Covey” Stockton of Orrick on February 22, 1968. Velma and Covey made their home in Orrick for a number of years before moving to Liberty.

Velma had worked for many years at Montgomery Ward in Kansas City as a drapery maker and retired in the mid 1980’s. She also had been a homemaker. She was a member of the Orrick Assembly of God Church. Velma also had been a girl scout leader and had her own brownie troup, which she enjoyed very much. Velma and Covey spent alot of time traveling and she so enjoyed the time spent traveling with Covey.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert Preston “Covey” Stockton, Sr. on April 28, 2015, three sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James O’Dell (Linda), of Liberty, Mo., daughter and son-in-law, Marsha Pennington (Roger) of Excelsior Springs, Mo., step-son and wife, Robert P. Stockton, Jr. (Joyce) of Orrick, Mo., and Lloyd Andrew Stockton of Peoria, Ariz.; a brother, Charles Wayne Goodman of Grain Valley, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Goodman of Kansas City, Mo.; nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family has suggested memorials in her memory be given to either the American Lung Association or the Alzheimers Association.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday morning, November 2, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Orrick Assembly of God Church. Memorial services will follow at the church at 12 noon, with Rev. Alan Myers, officiating. Private inurnment will be in South Point Cemetery.