Claude Dee January

1939 – 2009

Mr. Claude Dee January, 69, of rural Orrick, Mo., formerly of Kansas City, Mo., passed away suddenly Tuesday, March 17, 2009 in Kansas City.

Mr. January was born on April 15, 1939 in Brancroft, Idaho, the son of Thomas Ben and Mary Virginia (Jackson) January. He lived most of his life in the Kansas City area and moved to the Orrick area three years ago. He served his country in the U.S. National Guard in the 1950’s. He had been a production manager for nearly 40-years at Owens-Corning Fiberglass in Kansas City, Kans. He owned rental houses in Kansas City and most recently worked part-time for Easley’s Auto Auction in Orrick.

Claude attended the Orrick Baptist Church. He was a kind and caring person and upon his death he became an organ donor in hopes of helping others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Geraldine, on January 4th, 2004, a son, Mark Allen January in April of 1994 and a brother, Dale January. Survivors include a daughter, Laura January of West Des Moines, Iowa; two sisters, Lola Easley of Orrick, Mo., and Norma Boyer of Neosho, Mo.; the mother of his children, Carol January-Swartz; four nephews, two nieces and 13 great nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service with military rites at 5:30 p.m. at the Gowing Chapel in Orrick. Inurnment will be in Mt. Washington Forever Cemetery in Independence at a later date.


My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your dear loved one. May you draw comfort from God and your many friends during this time of great sorrow.
You are in my prayers.
Larry Thompson

Laura, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From your family of friends in Des Moines: Dennis, Marlene, Sean, Wes, Katie, Ben, Stephanie, Jayden, Megan and Brian.

With Deepest Sympathy to all of the family and especially to Laura on the loss of your father. There’s little we can do or say right now but please know that our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow. Dee was a special friend to us for a long time and he will not be forgotten.
Bob and Pat Mertz

We want to offer our heartfelt condolences to Dee’s entire family. We were fortunate enough to have shared many good times with Dee over the years and we know how much he will be missed especially by members of the family. Dee was a loyal and caring friend who would always be there if you needed him. He could bring a smile to the saddest face and we can picture him trying to get us to smile now. Dee will be missed but never forgotten.
Don and Carolyn Prince