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.

Orville Eugene Trego

Orville Eugene “Gene” Trego, 83, of rural Richmond, Mo., passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Shirkey Nursing and Rehab Center in Richmond. Gene, as he was commonly known, was born on February 3, 1935 in Cowgill, Mo., to Orville A. Trego and Alpha (Barnett) Trego.

On January 13, 1968 he was united in marriage to Doroth Danise Proctor, she survives him at the home. Gene worked for several years for Kenworth Dart Truck Mfg. Company in Kansas City in quality control. He retired in 1990 after he first became ill. Gene was a member of the RLDS Church. He was also a member of the Morgan Horse Club. He loved to ride horses and care for them. He liked being outdoors as he liked farming and gardening. He was an eager and supportive helper with the local 4-H club. He also loved shooting guns. Gene was a good carpenter and liked to build things. He liked building triangular buildings on his farm.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

Gene is survived by his wife, of 50 years, Danise Trego of the home; sons, Chris Trego and wife, Theresa of Richmond, Mo., and, Loring Trego of Richmond, Mo.; grandchildren, Mackenzie Ritchie, Kimberly Kennedy, and Kendra Foster; and great grandchild, Lilliona Elliott.

Visitation and viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening, March 17, 2018 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Cremation will follow.

Memorials in his memory are suggested to The Salvation Army.

Ronald Roy Thomas

Ronald Roy Thomas, 78, of Orrick, Mo., passed away unexpetedly on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Ray County Memorial Hospital. Ron was born on October 12, 1939 in Kansas City, Kans., to William Richard Outersky and Melva Isabell Railey.

Ron attended school and graduated from Orrick High School with the class of 1957. He was a lifelong resident of Orrick. Ron was proud to be a resident of Orrick and was very supportive of the community and the school in many ways. He was united in marriage to Gladys Fern McGlothlin, she preceded him in death on March 28, 2007. Ron worked as an automobile assembler at the General Motors Assembly Plant in the Leeds district of Kansas City, Mo., from 1960 until he was forced to retire in 1979 for medical reasons. He later drove a school bus and coached for the Little League baseball in Orrick. He had been a board member of the Orrick Swim Club and the Orrick Country Cruisers Auto Club. He also liked guns and shooting them. He especially loved his grandchildren and his dogs, Missy and Sugar. Ron could be seen daily in the local shops around Orrick, visiting with his many friends and sharing stories with them. He also liked to ride around in his red pickup truck in and around Orrick. His presence is going to be greatly missed.

Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Fern Thomas in 2007, Gene and Isabell Railey, and Roy and Ruth Thomas. He was also preceded by many close friends.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Scott Thomas and Buddy Ray Thomas, both of Orrick; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda Kay Johnson and husband, Jerry of Orrick, Mo.; sisters, Darla Nash and husband, Paul of Camden, Mo., and Vickie O’Brien and husband, Bud of Richmond, Mo.; grandchildren, Brandon King, Roni Smith, and Landon Craig; great grandchildren, Kaylee King, Kaydon King, Kayson King, Brantley Johnson and Paisleigh Johnson; and nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Ron will be held Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick.

Funeral services will be on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, with Rev. Art Endsley officiating. Burial will follow in South Point Cemetery near Orrick, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to The Orrick Fire & Rescue.

James Gentry “Hoot” Nichols

James Gentry “Hoot” Nichols, 69, of Orrick, Mo., died peacefully early Saturday morning, March 10, 2018 at his home, with his loving family surrounding him. James was best known around his many friends as Hoot. He was born in Carrolton, Mo., on April 12, 1948 to Murry Isom Nichols and Viola Virginia (Mansell) Nichols. He attended and graduated Orrick High School with the class of 1966. Following high school, he worked at Orrick Farm Service. In 1969, Hoot began his working career with the Santa Fe Railroad in track maintenance. The railroad merged with Burlington Northern Railroad and became the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Hoot worked his way up to become the Road Master. His crew named his office “Hooterville” due to his nickname. He worked for the railroad for 36 years and retired in 2005.

He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jeanne Corbin, on April 8, 1967. He and Barbara began their life together living at the Orrick Arms Apartments. They remained in Orrick for a few years, before traveling with the railroad. After traveling, they settled in Excelsior Springs in 1987. They later retired to Warsaw, Mo.

He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Warsaw, where he taught Sunday school and Bible school. He was an avid sports fan and loved to go fishing and snagging. When his boys were young, he enjoyed teaching them to hunt and coaching their little league teams. He especially loved his family and spending time with them, his grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Murry and Viola Nichols, two brothers, Jerry Nichols and Jack Nichols, and a sister, Murietta “Murt” Nichols.

Survivors include his wife of almost 51 years, Barbara Nichols of the home, and sons, James Aaron Nichols of Orrick, Mo., Patrick Wayne Nichols and wife, Carrie of Wentzville, Mo., Gentry Corbin Nichols and wife, Erin of Oak Grove, Mo., and Blake Moberly of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Robin Nichols of Kansas City, Mo.; sister, Janice Griffith of Blue Springs, Mo.; grandchildren, Brittnee Waters and husband, Jake, Zachary Nichols, Skylar Nichols, Skyler Nichols, Tyler Nichols, Trey Nichols, Hailey Nichols, Colin Nichols, and Carson Nichols; great grandchildren, Noah and Sophie Waters; and his recliner companion, Ms. Elle.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Orrick Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Andrews officiating. Cremation will take place following services with inurnment at a later date in Craven Cemetery near Camden, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to Crossroads Hospice, 2900 N.E. 60th Street, Suite 150, Gladstone, MO 64119.

George Scott Clevenger

George Scott Clevenger, 61, of Lawson, Mo., formerly of Orrick, passed away Thursday
afternoon, March 1, 2018 at Liberty Hospital.

George Scott Clevenger had many nicknames through his life, but was most commonly known as Scott. He was born on June 7, 1956 in Clay County, Mo., to George Everett Clevenger and Dorothy R. (Michaels) Clevenger. He had lived most of his life in Ray County, Mo. He attended Orrick Schools and was a graduate of Orrick High School with the class of 1974. During his life he had worked for several construction companies and retired from Clarkson Construction Company in Kansas City after working there for several years. He also had been a farmer.

Those that knew Scott would know that he loved to prank his friends for a good laugh. He also loved to tell stories in great detail. He was also known for his big hearty laugh.
Scott loved anything to do with being outside and enjoying nature.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Dorothy Clevenger.

Scott is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas Clevenger and Katherine of Overland Park, Kans.; two brothers, Mike Clevenger and wife Judy of Portland, Ore., and David Clevenger of Rayville, Mo.; a sister, Kathy Nevins and husband Gary of Jamestown, Mo.; and his special companion and partner, Kay Carver of the home; and his extended family, Cody, Caleb, Austin and Adion.

Visitation and viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, followed at 8 p.m. with a celebration of life service, also at the funeral home. Scott will be laid to rest next to his parents in a private burial on Thursday at Riffe Cemetery near Orrick, Mo.

Floral offerings will be welcome or you may donate to your favorite charity in his memory.


My thoughts and prayers to all the family.
Steven Nail

I am saying a special prayer for your family at this time. I am so sorry for your loss. Hold on to the special memories that you made together.
Karen Clevenger Clancy

Terri Lee (Joiner) Honn

Terri Lee (Joiner) Honn, 59, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the home. Terri was born on November 20, 1958 in Kansas City, Mo., to Elmer Lee Joiner, Jr. and Mary Jane (Patton) Joiner. She was a lifelong resident of Kansas City. Terri attended Ruskin High School and graduated with the class of 1976. She studied nursing at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. She worked for several years as a banker for the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City before she retired due to a disability.

Terri found entertainment through reading books and novels and watching movies. She also loved to play Bingo. Terri loved to shop and browse at garage sales and thrift stores. She loved her children and the time she spent with them and her family. Terri never gave up hope that someday she would be able to see and be reunited with her four grandchildren. She always had kind words for her friends and most people she came in contact with.

Terri was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Lee Joiner, Jr. on April 7, 2008 and her mother, Mary Jane Joiner on July 2, 2009.

She is survived by her son, Joshua L. Honn of Kansas City, Mo.; her daughter, Rachel E. Honn and her signifiant other, Todd Mountjoy of Kansas City, Mo.; brothers, Paul Tipton and wife, Joyce of Richland, N.C., and Harry Tipton and wife, Tami of Raymore, Mo.; and sister, Vickie Wright and significant other, Larry Thompson of Orrick, Mo. She is also survived by several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins, and her pet cat, Merlin.

One of her favorite quotes was, “Always be as kind to yourself as you are to others”.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo., with Pastor Ed Bell of Blue Springs officiating. Terri will be laid to rest next to her parents at South Point Cemetery, Orrick, Mo.

Virginia Mae “Ginny” Pace

Virginia Mae “Ginny” Pace, 76, of Orrick, MO, passed away Wednesday afternoon, January 10, 2018 at her home in Orrick, surrounded by her family.

Viriginia was born on June 9, 1941 in Maddock, North Dakota, to Virgil Simenson and Margaret Marie (College) Simenson, also known as “Peggy Posey”.

Virginia graduated from high school in Carrington, N.D., and served her country in the U.S. Air Force. She studied at St. Mary’s University in Minneappolis, MN, where she earned a degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling in 1987. She worked many years as a chemical dependency counselor in the health care field. She was united in marriage on June 27, 1972 to Roberts Hall Pace, Sr. He preceded her in death on January 28, 2001. Virginia had lived in Carrington, N.D. and Sioux Falls, S.D. before moving to Windom, MN in the summer of 1972. In 1984, she moved to Apple Valley, MN and lived there until she moved to Orrick, MO in 1992.

Virginia loved doing crafts and doing craft shows. She and Laura traveled many weekends to work craft shows, and loved this time spent together. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and she enjoyed cooking and baking, especially cakes for her daughter to decorate. One of her favorite things was to go to the casinos and play the penny slot machines. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend. Virginia helped alot of people that were in need of help. She had a huge heart and was a natural and true caregiver that was always ready to help others with cleaning, cooking, helping do their taxes, or just giving a helping hand any way she could, always putting others needs first before her own.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roberts Hall Pace, Sr., her sisters, Kathy Griffin and Linda Lusby, one stepson, Roberts H. Pace, Jr., and a step grandson, Matthew Kalash.

Virginia is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Laura “Pace” McGregor and husband, Duncan McGregor of Orrick, MO; a son, David Pace and fiance’, Brigitte Smisek of Bloomington, MN; step daughters, Susan “Pace” Benson of Rochester, MN, Kathleen “Pace” Hodges and husband, Dr. LeRoy Hodges of Welcome, MN, and Jennifer “Pace” Samples and husband, Jerry Samples of Marietta, GA; a sister, Karen Hill and husband, Eddie Hill of Parkville, MO; and a brother, Michael Simenson of Mexico; grandchilddren, Duncan “Trey” McGregor III, Nathan McGregor and Amanda McGregor all of Orrick, MO; many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. She was expecting her first great grandchild in the late summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Virginia’s honor are suggested to be given to Henkel For Hope Team for the Relay for Life Cancer Walk in care of Trey McGregor or Laura McGregor.

It was Virginia’s request that she be cremated with a celebration of life to be announced at a later date.

Westlynn Paige Shearer

Westlynn Paige Shearer, infant daughter of Caitlin N. Stevinson and Ronnie C. Shearer of Orrick, was born on October 26, 2017 at Saint Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. Westlynn lived for eight hours before she was taken by the angels to her heavenly home. Her twin brother was born almost a week later and it is looking like he will survive, but has a long road ahead of him.

Westlynn is survived by her parents; two sisters, Taylor Shearer and Emery Shearer; three brothers, Cash Shearer, Gannon Stevinson, and her twin brother, Lucas Shearer; her paternal grandparents, Mike and Joyce Henkins of Indpendence, Mo., and Terry and Melody Shearer of Kansas City, Mo.; her maternal grandparents, Brandy and Delbert Stevinson of Orrick, Mo.; her maternal great grandparents, Kathy and Larry Cook of Orrick, Mo.; and maternal great grandfather, Carl Stevinson of Lawson, Mo.

Memorial contributions are suggested to either The March of Dimes or The Ronald McDonald House.

Graveside services and burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 9, 2017 at South Point Cemetery near Orrick, with Pastor Art Endsley officiating.

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.