Nellie Jewell Hall

Nellie Jewell Hall, 91, of Liberty, Mo., passed away at 1:17 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2019 at the Pleasant Valley Manor Nursing Center in Pleasant Valley, Mo. Nellie was born on July 21, 1927 in Banco, West Virginia, to Monroe Barker and Sarah (Williams) Barker.

Nellie was raised and schooled in West Virginia. Following her graduation from high school, Nellie was united in marriage to Thomas Hall. Nellie and Thomas had lived in several places during their marriage. Nellie moved to Missouri in 2011, following the death of her husband. She resided in Liberty with a niece, Nellie McClellan, until she moved into the nursing home less than a year ago.

Nellie loved to help her husband and brother build homes, which she would get right in and work with them. She liked hunting, fishing and camping out. She never had any children of her own, but always said her many nieces and nephews were her children, and she loved them all. She was a woman of the Pentecost faith. Nellie had coined
a phrase when she was ill that was “I Win Either Way”, if I live, I get to be with my loved ones, if I die, I get to be with God.

Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Thomas Hall, four sisters and four brothers.

She is survived by her many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. with funeral services following at 3:00 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery near Orrick.

Memorials are suggested to the Nellie Hall Monument fund, payable to Nellie McClellan.

Richard Alan “Rick” Boles

Richard Alan “Rick” Boles, 63, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Liberty Hospital. Rick was born on August 11, 1955 in Leon, Iowa, to Floyd Eugene Boles and Ruth Evelyn (Fenton) Boles. Rick had served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked as an over the road truck driver for ACT Freight Company. He later worked as an air conditioner steam cleaner and had also worked in several automobile body shops before he retired in 2009.

He was united in marriage to Paula J. Thomas on August 17, 1991. Rick and Paula made their home in Orrick, Mo. Rick loved his old cars and riding his motorcycle. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and his friends.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Paula J. Boles, where they created a life together in Orrick; sons, Kevin Clevenger and wife, Stephanie of Blue Springs, Mo., Kendrick Rogers and wife, Amanda of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Brian Boles of Osceola, Iowa, and Randy Boles of Austin, Texas; daughter, Rita Waters and husband, John of Houston, Texas; brother, Jerry Boles and wife, Cheryl of New Virginia, Iowa; sisters, Rhonda Kirkpatrick of Des Moines, Iowa, and Pam Boles of Indianola, Iowa; his grandchildren, Casey, Stacie, Kallie, Kinley, Kayden, Remington, Brianna, Nick and Aaron.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Cremation will follow the visitation with inurnment at a later date.

Johnny Mitchell Hicks

Johnny Mitchell Hicks, 75, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Ray County Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Mo. Johnny was born in Manila, Ark., on February 27, 1944 to Coy William Hicks and Euna May (Maxwell) Hicks. He was a 1962 graduate of Manila High School.

Johnny was united in marriage to Gearldean Johnson on July 2, 1966. Johnny and Gearldean moved to Orrick in 1979. He was last employed as a machinist for Automatic Systems Inc. (ASI) in Kansas City for 15 years and retired in 2005. Before his employment with ASI, he had worked for Deans Research in Kansas City and later for the P&K Manufacturing Co. in Orrick.

He was a member of The Church of Christ. Johnny loved to hunt, especially loved deer hunting. He also loved gardening, woodworking and working on cars. He loved being with his family and especially his kids and grandkids, and loved being at their baseball games.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Neil, Noel, Wesley and Nail.

Johnny is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Gearldean Hicks, of the home in Orrick; his children, Sonja Younger of Orrick, Mo., Bobby and Jennifer Hicks of Orrick, Mo., and Mitchell and Trenda Hicks of Kearney, Mo.; grandchildren, Kyle, Ashley, Ryker, Maverek, Natasha, and Summit; brothers, Hershel Hicks of Denver, Colo., Eddie Hicks of Jonesboro, Ark., Waymon Hicks of Bay, Ark.; sisters, Anges House and Alice Alsup, both of Orrick, Mo., and Betty St. John of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; his adopted children, Jeff and Laura McElwee of Orrick, Mo.; and his adopted grandchildren, Stephanie, Kierstin, Mikey and Joey McElwee of Orrick, Mo. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m., officiated by Mr. Woody Fincher. Burial will follow at Riffe Cemetery, northwest of Orrick, Mo.

Memorials in Johnny’s memory are suggested to The American Cancer Society.

Jessie Mae Ross

Jessie Mae Ross, 74, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Wednesday,
April 17, 2019 at her home. Jessie was born on May 1, 1944 in Kansas City, Mo.,
to Fred T. Lee and Elizabeth M. (Miskell) Lee. She was born and raised in Kansas City and had lived most of her life in Kansas City, except for a time when she lived in San Diego, Calif.

Jessie was a christian and a true believer in Jesus Christ. She enjoyed watching her
televangelist on the TV. She enjoyed listening to Elvis and she liked to go fishing. She also loved her family very much and her dogs.

Jessie was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Lee Phillilps.

Survivors include three daughters, Sherry Mae Foster and husband, James of Raytown, Mo., Cindy Sue Foster of Loveland, Colo., and Penny Lee Chase and husband, Michael of Excelsior Springs, Mo. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Graveside services for Jessie will be held at 12 noon, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the
Rowland Cemetery, northwest of Orrick, Mo.

John Allen Lee

John Allen Lee, 91, passed away at the home on April 15, 2019. John was born October 24, 1927 in Orrick, Mo., to William M. Lee and Winnie (Rimmer) Lee and lived there almost all of his life. He attended Orrick schools and later married Mary Jo Long on March 10, 1950. He worked many places, retiring from Ford Motor Co. in 1988 after 35 years. He was a member of UAW Local 249, a member of Orrick Christian Church, an Elder Emeritus and a board member of the South Point Cemetery association for many years.

His favorite things to do were playing golf, playing his guitar and singing with his son, Darrell. He enjoyed talking to anyone about the history of Orrick.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years of the home; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Darrell Allen (Cindy) Lee, Excelsior Springs, Mo., and David Joe (Sheila) Lee, Liberty, Mo.; granddaughter, Emily (Jordan) Martinetti; grandson, William (Ashley) Lee; two sister-in-laws, Jean Stonner, Richmond, Mo., and Sue Marshall, Carrollton, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three sisters, Ruby Greer, Irene Brown, and Betty Ping; and a grandson, John Allen Lee.

Visitation is Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. and a Celebration of Life at 2:30 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Memorials to South Point Cemetery.

Laura Mae McArthur

Laura Mae McArthur, 67, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Excelsior Springs Medical Center. Laura was born on September 16, 1951 in Independence, Mo., to William M. Barnes and Laura B. (Elliott) Barnes. She had lived her entire life in Clay County, Mo.

On May 22, 1982 in a ceremony in Gladstone, Mo., she married a Vietnam Veteran and a great man, Randy McArthur, who survives her at the home. She had drove a school bus for the Excelsior Springs School District for 19 years. She retired in 2013. While growing up, she attended and became a member of the Kearney First Baptist Church. Laura loved her pets. She loved all the kids, which was evident by her years of driving a school bus. She was a go getter and loved being around people. She had a great sense of humor. She was famous for her baked beans that were just like her moms, and her peanut butter fudge that was awesome.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bill Barnes.

She is survived by her husband, Randy McArthur of the home; a daughter, Lacy McArthur and son-in-law, David Lynn of Orrick, Mo.; a brother and sister-in-law, Terry Barnes and wife, Lore of Kearney, Mo.; a grandson, Dallas Lynn of Orrick, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Brenda Barnes of Kearney, Mo.; and a brother -in-law, Donald L. McArthur of Kentucky. Also surviving are several nephews, nieces and friends.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will immediately follow at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the North New Garden Cemetery near Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Guy Alan “Guy Baby” Turner

Guy Alan “Guy Baby” Turner, 65, of Linn Valley, KS, formerly of Orrick and Excelsior Springs, MO, passed away April 5, 2019 near Excelsior Springs, MO.

Guy was born on February 17, 1954 in Excelsior Springs, MO, to Gary D. Turner and Lella June (Sodeman) Turner. He was raised and received his education in Orrick, MO, and was a 1972 graduate of Orrick High School. He had lived most of his life around or near Orrick, and moved to Linn Valley, KS, six and a half years ago to work and be near his daughter. He had worked for many years for various contractors, and was a member of The Greater Kansas City Labors Union Local # 1290.

Guy was a very talented man that could tackle any job, and repair or fix most anything. He loved life and all he could experience with it, whether it was traveling, dreaming of sailing, searching for waterfalls, flying drones, or spending time with his friends and family. Guy liked to garden and grill. He enjoyed sports, either watching them or playing them and looked forward to his weekend football games.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lella June Barger in 2011, his paternal and maternal grandparents and an uncle.

Guy is survived by a son, Trevor A. Turner of Independence, MO; a daughter, Lacie K. Turner and husband, Tildon Burns of Linn Valley, KS; his father, Gary D. Turner of Excelsior Springs, MO; step father, Jim Barger of Liberty, MO; brother, Rick Turner and wife, Kim of Orrick, MO; sister, Terri J. Turner of Excelsior Springs, MO; granddaughter, Kiana (June Toad) Turner of Linn Valley, KS, and step grandsons, Random and Cale Garrett; nephew, Brian Turner and his children, Carlie and Kyle of Orrick,MO; niece, Karen Turner of Richmond, MO; and niece, Julie Berkey and her children, Remi Alvarez, Trey and Hannah Stapleton of Bonner Springs, KS; nephew, Kendall Turner and son, Dalton Turner of Orrick, MO.

He is also survived by his closest friends, Jim and Shawna Kavanaugh of Cowgill, MO, and Bobby Roberts and son, Tyler Roberts of Polo, MO. He is also survived by a multitude of other close friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, MO. A celebration of life will follow at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, also at the funeral home.

Memorials in Guy’s memory are suggested to The University of Kansas Cancer Treatment Centers, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.

John M. Hoyle

John M. Hoyle, 81, of Orrick, Mo., went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at North Kansas City Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

John was born on March 2, 1938 in Kansas City, Kans., to Cecil M. Hoyle and Marguerite Grace (Clark) Hoyle. John had served his country in the United States Navy of which he was honorably discharged. He was united in marriage to Barbara F. Tester on June 13, 1959, and she survives at the home. John and Barbara moved to Orrick 54 years ago.

He had worked as an oiler for the Archer Daniels Midland Company Mill in North Kansas City for 37 years, and retired from his duties there in 2000.

John enjoyed raising roses and tending to his garden, tending to his little farm, bee keeping and worshiping God. He enjoyed time spent with his family, especially the kids and grandchildren and great grandchildren. John had a strong faith and attended church at Richmond Assembly of God.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Pharis Leo “Bud” Hoyle; and a nephew, Danny Hoyle.

Survivors include his wife of over 59 years, Barbara F. Hoyle of the home; his children,
Joan L. Barton (Glen) and John W. Hoyle (Jean) all of Orrick, Mo., and Scott L. Hoyle (Sandi) of Jesup, Ga.; grandchildren, Serenity Tarr, Jennifer Martin, Jeffrey Williams, John Philip Hoyle, Whitney Wartenbee, Justin Hoyle, Amanda Smith, and Amy Gardner; great grandchildren, Landon, Laura, Kennedy, Jadelynn, Noah, Jaycee, Tucker, Isaiah, Leighton, Karlee, Gabriel, Jonah, Paisley, and another one on the way.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Richmond Assembly of God Church in Richmond, Mo. Funeral services will follow at 12 noon at the church with the Rev. John Selleck and Mr. Ed Birdsong officiating. Burial, with full military honors by Ray County Veterans Group, will follow at South Point Cemetery near Orrick.

Memorials are suggested to City Union Mission, 1100 East 11th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106.

Donald Leroy Knutter

Donald Leroy Knutter, 78, of Edwards, Mo., passed away Tuesday evening, March 26, 2019 at Liberty Hospital. Donald was born on June 19, 1940 near Orrick, Mo., to John Theodore Knutter and Gladys Marie Lee. He was raised and attended schools in Orrick and graduated from Orrick High School in 1958.

He was first married on December 31, 1960 to Velma West. To this marriage, he was blessed with the birth of his three children. He and Velma later divorced. He then married Patricia Marie Hanson on September 24, 1983. The couple lived in Liberty and moved to the Lake of the Ozarks following his retirement, and most recently made their home in Edwards, Mo.

He was a  truck driver for TOX (Texas Oklahoma Express) for 30 years, and retired in 1991. He was a member of the Teamsters union, and had been awarded the one million mile safe driver award, which he was most proud of.

Following his retirement, he worked for Security at Arrowhead Estates in Edwards, Mo. He also opened and operated Leroy’s Garage in Edwards, Mo., and continued to operate it until his health failed. He also had worked with the Arrowhead Estates Road District.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kimberly Kay Carter; and siblings, Loretta Holt, Mary Hughes, John Knutter, Dorothy Ferns Knutter, Amos Knutter, Sally Knutter and David Knutter.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Patricia M. Knutter of the home; his children, Teresa Teegarden (Rusty) of Lawson, Mo., and Kenneth Leroy Knutter (Judy) of Smithville, Mo.; his step-children, Michael Calhoun (Beth) of Olathe, Kans., Kathleen Jones (Dan) of Kansas City, Mo., and Kaysha Couzens (David Gassen) of Edwards, Mo.; and a brother, Jesse Thomas Knutter (Ruth) of Kansas City, Mo. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at 3:30 p.m., also at the funeral home, with Mr. Rusty Teegarden officiating. Cremation.

Memorials are suggested to The Dementia Society of America.


With my deepest sympathy for my cousin Leroy. Keeping you in my prayers.
Love, Dorothy Covey Bell

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.