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.

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.