Everett “Butch” Inks

Everett “Butch” Inks, 66 of Orrick, Mo., passed away Monday, October 30, 2017 at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center In Richmond, Mo., surrounded by his family.

Butch, as he was best know, was born on July 21, 1951 in Bethany, Mo., to Donnie LeRoy Inks and Bertha Elaine (Nickerson) Inks. Butch was raised in Bethany, Mo., and attended schools there until he moved to Orrick 51 years ago. He worked for many years at Missouri Portland Cement Company at Sugar Creek, Mo. He then worked as a laborer for the Luman Offuitt farms in Orrick for a number of years. His last job was as a carpenter building houses for Gary Werle Construction Co. of Orrick.

Butch liked working on cars. He and his wife love to go to stock car races. He liked camping and especially liked family gatherings.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Ruth Ann Inks on November 30, 2011.

Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-laws, Kelly Inks and wife, Kelly of Orrick, Mo., and Billy Inks and wife, Rachael of Richmond, Mo.; three sisters, Helen Smith and husband, Jerry of Fleming, Mo., Evelyn Johnston and husband, Ronnie of Hatfield, Mo., and Julie Schrodt of Bedford, Iowa; four grandchildren, Collin Inks and Mara Inks, both of Orrick, Mo., Brendyn Inks of Richmond, Mo., and Carly Hudson of Independence, Mo.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick with Pastor Beth Waters Warren officiating. Burial will follow at Richmond Memory Gardens in Richmond, Mo.

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

George Robert Miller

George Robert Miller, 95, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017 at his home in Orrick.

George was born on September 22, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio. He lived in Ohio until he moved to Orrick 54 years ago. George was united in marriage to Betty Jean Loyd of Orrick on September 30, 1944. She preceded him in death on April 22, 2002. George served his country in the United States Navy during W.W.II. He was employed as a superintendent with J.E. Dunn Construction Company in Kansas City and supervised over concrete construction. He retired from J.E. Dunn in 1982 after 30 years. He was a union member for 60 years.

George loved all sports and he especially liked the Kansas City Royals. He also enjoyed going to dog races and visiting the casinos.

George was preceded in death by his wife, and his daughter, Carol Ann Van Slyke on November 2, 2006.

Survivors include his son, James Michael Miller of Orrick, Mo.; grandsons, Paul Miller (Caty) of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Michael Van Slyke (Christie) of Trussville, Ala.; granddaughter, Stephanie Metcalf (Michael) Simpsonville, N.C.; great grandchildren, Morgan and Ashley of Simpsonville, S.C., Sophie and Alyson of Trussville, Ala., Libby, Cory and Trenton Mathews- Miller of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; and nephew, Jimmy Coons (Sharon) of Louisville, Ky.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017 at South Point Cemetery near Orrick with Brother Ray Mathews officiating. George requested no visitation.

Phyllis Ann (Pugh) Lee

Phyllis Ann (Pugh) Lee, 77, of Camden, Mo., passed away July 21, 2017 at Maple Woods Care Center in Kansas City, Mo. Phylllis was born in Kansas City, Mo., on March 13, 1940, the first born of 15 children to Russell Wayne Pugh and Genevieve Alice (Waldman) Pugh.

Phyllis married John Marion Lee of rural Orrick, Mo., on July 25, 1958. Together they had five children. One son, Bucky (Bennie) Lee and wife, Debi, of Richmond, Mo.; four daughters, Mona Lee and Joe McCartney of Camden, Tammy Lee of the home, Barbie Pierson and husband, Mike, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Jona Sephens and husband, DeWayne, of Fleming, Mo. She had 10 grandchildren, Aaron Lee (Amy), Samantha Dorton (Kyle), Jeffrey McCartney, Anthony McCartney (Lindsey), Kristen Dickey (Landon), Justin Pierson, Devin Pierson, Kimberly McCartney, Nicholas Pierson (McKenzie) and SavAnna Stephens. and 11 great grandchildren.

Phyllis is also survived by her siblings, Robert Pugh (Rita) of Weatherby Lake, Eddie Pugh (Carla) of Excelsior Springs, Donald Lee Pugh of Excelsior Springs, Carolyn Wholf (Bob) of Henrietta, Chuck (Charles) Pugh (Leha) of Orrick, Janet Karl (Jimmy) Richmond, Barbara Martin (Steve) of Excelsior Springs, Debbie Knutter (Bill) of Orrick, Teresa Wilson (Rick) of Orrick, Billy Pugh of Fulton, Dale Pugh (Rose) of Excelsior Springs; sisters in law, Jessie Robinson of Hardin and Teresa Twyman (Tom) of Hardin; and many many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Genevieve Pugh; her father and mother in law, Benjamin and Veda (Butler) Lee; brothers, Richard (Dickey) Pugh and Michael Pugh; one sister, Beverly (Peggy) Adams; one niece, Jill Pugh; one brother in law, Allen Lee Sr., and his wife Rose; one sister in law and brother in law, Barbara Green and husband, Jim; brother in law, Earl (Steve) Lee and sister in law, Bernice Lee.

Phyllis was a great wife and was a great mother to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and her siblings. She enjoyed time spent with her grandkids and great grandkids and her big family. Phyllis was a 1958 grad of Orrick High School. She worked for Shirkey Nursing and Rehab Center in Richmond and Walmart in Richmond. She was a Girl Scout leader in Orrick for many years. She enjoyed camping, fishing and family float trips. She loved to watch the birds and look at her flowers from her chair in the living room. She touched the lives of many and will be sadly missed by all.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will be Monday, July 24, 2017 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Mo. Burial will follow in South Point Cemetery, Orrick.

Memorials in memory of Phylllis are suggested to DaVita of North Kansas City, Mo.


Samantha & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much your grandma meant to the whole family, she was a rock. She was a lovely lady, cherish the memories.
With Love & Sympathy, Amanda Levandowski (Carriker) & Family

Donald Ray Holt

Donald Ray Holt, 66, of rural Richmond, Mo., passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the North Kansas City Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Donald was better know as Ray, was born on April 23, 1951 in Orrick, Mo., to Raymond H. Holt and Loretta Marie (Knutter) Holt. Ray was united in marriage to Mary Ann Stapleton of Orrick on October 25, 1969. He had worked as a mechanic for the city of Kansas City, Mo. in water treatment and pollution control for over 32 years and retired in 2001.

Ray returned to Orrick and the family farm in 1986. He loved tending to his cows, haying the fields and gardening. He enjoyed riding side by side with his dog. He especially enjoyed the time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, both sets of grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.

Survivors include his wife of over 30 years, Mary Ann Holt of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Stacey Carter and husband, Larry, of Dearborn, Mo.; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason Holt and wife, Kelly of Kansas City, Mo.; uncles, Leroy Knutter and wife, Pat, of Warsaw, Mo.; and Tom Knutter and wife, Ruth, of Kansas City, Mo.; his grandchildren, Matthew Carter, Silas Carter, Preston Robinson and Grace Porter; and great granddaughter, Rayvn Carter. He is also survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

The family will greet friends Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home. Cremation with services to be announced at a later date.


Stacey, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love You, Tiffany Makupson

Stacy Holt Carter and family,
You are in my thoughts during this difficult time and afterwards….sending you a big hug!
Kathy Hale

So sorry for your loss. I will miss Ray coming by with his dog to bitch about all that is wrong with the world. My thoughts and prayers to you, Mary Ann, and family. He wil be missed.
Steven Nail

Danny Gene Callaway

Danny Gene Callaway, 66 of Orrick, Mo., passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at North Kansas City Hospital.

Danny was born in Orrick, Mo., on August 28, 1950 to Roy Thomas Callaway and Vena Belle (Covey) Callaway. He was a lifelong resident of Orrick and was a graduate of Orrick High School with the class of 1968. Danny had worked as a laborer for the Orrick Farm Service for many years until his retirement in 2009. Dan enjoyed fixing up old cars and trucks and especially enjoyed shootin’ the breeze with his friends. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ivan Thomas, and a brother-in-law, James R. McGlothlin.

Danny is survived by his siblings, Sharon McGlothlin, Roy Lee Callaway, and Vicky Dallas (Don), all of Orrick, Tim Callaway (Kendra) of Kearney, Mo., Terry Callaway (Susie) and Tammy Crowley, of Orrick. He is also survived by 17 nieces and nephews and 23 great nephews and nieces.

The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 at Gowing Funeral Home with Rev. Duane Acree officiating. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery near Orrick.

David Allan Stagner

David Allan Stagner, 49, passed away on June 19, 2017, with his family closely surrounding him. David was born on October 13, 1967, (and he would always let you know it was Friday the 13th) at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., to parents Alva Taylor Stagner and Sharyn Kay Eastley, of Orrick, Mo.

David married the love of his life, Viola Ann Roberts, on June 24, 1986, and the two of them shared 31 years together growing in their faith for Lord and the love they had for one another. Their union brought two daughters, Lindsy Nichole and Megan Daniell, into the world, who were his pride and joy.

David worked for Ford Motor Company for nearly 20 years and then at IBA Molecular until the time of his retirement.

David was passionate about creating art, spending much of his time drawing and painting in his home … a home which he always welcomed visitors in with open arms, a cup of coffee and good conversation. He loved antiques, classic cars and was a sucker for a ’69 Chevelle SS. He enjoyed taking care of others, including the beloved family dogs, Cooper and Bexley. David always put his faith and family first, cherishing the time he spent with his three favorite girls and grandson, and it shined through in his every action.

David is survived by his wife, Viola Stagner; two daughters, Lindsy Stagner and Megan Taylor; foreign-exchange daughter, Anna Yuzawa; godson, Stephen Hutchings; son-in-law, James Taylor; grandson, Greyson David Taylor; future son-in-law, Kyle Moyer; his little sidekick, Draiven Moyer; father, Alva Stagner; step mother, Diane Stagner; sister, Lisa Miller; step brothers, Scott Saucier and Brent Saucier; step sister, Lea Cruise; grandmother, Edith Stagner; mother-in-law, Donna Roberts; several brother and sister in-laws, nieces and nephews, and friends.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Sharyn Eastley; grandfather, John David Stagner; and father-in-law, Joseph Roberts.

The family will be honoring his memory at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo., on Saturday, June 24, 2017, with visitation beginning at 1:30 p.m., and funeral services following at 2:30 p.m. Contributions can be made to the Orrick Community Center.


Kenneth Randell Light

Kenneth Randell Light, 81, of Orrick, Mo., died May 30, 2017 at his home.

Kenneth was born on November 24, 1935 in Laclede County, Mo., to Clarence Randell Light and Opal Alice (Cope) Light. He was united in marriage to Wilma Jean Oliphant in Hartville, Mo., on July 20, 1956. He had lived in Kansas City North before moving to Orrick in 1969. Kenneth had worked as a millright for Procter & Gamble in Kansas City, Kans., from 1957 until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the Orrick Baptist Church and was an ordained deacon at the church, having been ordained on February 24, 1974. Kenneth loved to fish and hunt and enjoyed time spent with his family and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great granddaughter.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Candye Light and Sandra Light; and a brother, Clarence Lorraine Light.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wilma Jean Light of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle Culler (John) of Kansas City, Kans.; sisters, Veta Berry (Bill) of Kansas City, Kans., and Jannette Light of Springfield, Mo.; brother, Wayne Light (Debbie) of Parkville, Mo.; grandchildren, Christa Phillips (Lonney), Joshua Teegarden (Danielle), and Kurt Culler; great granddaughter, Brooke Phillilps; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Orrick Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery, Orrick, Mo.

Memorials suggested to St. Judes Childrens Hospital.


Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. We love and miss you.
Shanda, Chris, Trendon and Olivia Watson

Thoughts and prayers for all of you.
Sherry Lutjen

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.


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.


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.

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