Wanda Lou Barnard

February 13, 1947 ~ April 1, 2024
77 Years, 1 Month, 19 Days

Wanda Lou Barnard, 77, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, formerly of Orrick, Missouri, passed away on April 1, 2024 at Liberty Hospital with her family at her side.

Wanda was born on February 13, 1947 at Orrick, Missouri, to Melvin Eugene and Sarah Frances (Summers) Harris. Growing up, Wanda attended schools at Wallace, Elkhorn and Orrick Schools. Wanda was united in marriage to Russell Barnard on March 30, 1963 in Orrick. Russell preceded her in death in 1998.

Wanda loved dancing with her husband and she loved Elvis Presley. She also enjoyed going camping and time spent with her family. Wanda loved to sew and she loved to cook. She also loved her dogs.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell Barnard; and a brother, Melvin Harris.

She is survived by daughters, Debbie Hoeppner of Mayview, MO, Christie McGlothlin and husband Tony of Orrick, MO, and Rebecca Sue Barnard of Belton, MO; her loving grandchildren, Nick McGlothlin and wife Megan, Christopher McGlothlin and wife Kitreana, Todd Michael Hoeppner and wife Ashley, Evan Michael Hoeppner and wife Ashley, and Paci Rayann Barnard. She is also survived by 13 great grandchildren, two sisters and one brother.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 5, 2024 from 11 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. at the Orrick Baptist Church. Memorial services will be held at 12:30 P.M., also at the Orrick Baptist Church, with Mr. Darrin McGlothlin officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Union Baptist Cemetery.

For those that desire, Memorial Contributions in Wanda’s memory may be given to the chairity of your choice.

John Milton Townsend

John Milton Townsend, 89, of Orrick, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 17, 2024, at his home, surrounded by family. John was born on March 4, 1935, in Orrick, to Harold and Helen Townsend. He was united in marriage to M. Patricia “Pat” Cox on January 18, 1958; she preceded him in death on February 17, 2020.

He is survived by his loving family, son, Keith (Cecilia) Townsend of Cary, N.C.; Tom (Deanne) Townsend of Orrick, MO; and Diane (Eric) White of Springfield, MO. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Candice, Phillip, Douglas, Ashley, Brittany, and Joshua; and nine great grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by a brother, Charles Townsend, and sister, Ada June Andrews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson, Andrew Townsend; one brother, Harold Bushnell Townsend; and two sisters, Mary Robinson and Virginia Whitsitt.

He graduated from Orrick High School in 1953 and went on to receive his B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Missouri in 1957, before returning to the family farm in Orrick. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. In 1984, his son, Tom, joined him in the multi-generational farming operation, where they worked together for over 40 years. Farming was not just his livelihood, but also his passion that he enjoyed sharing with family who came back to visit the farm.

John was a giving, caring, and selfless man. He volunteered on many local and county boards. He was a member of the Richmond Shrine Club and the Orrick Masonic Lodge, where he just received his 50-year pin for membership. He was a lifetime member of the Orrick Christian Church, serving as a deacon and elder.

John’s greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. For many years, he and Pat spent time at the Lake of the Ozarks, where they enjoyed boating with family. He also loved his many trips to visit Keith’s family in North Carolina and Diane’s family in Springfield. He especially enjoyed restoring the family Model T Ford with Keith and attending numerous country music shows in Branson.

As we celebrate a life well-lived, he will always be remembered for his friendly smile and positive outlook on life.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the Orrick Christian Church or South Point Cemetery. They can be left at or mailed to Gowing Funeral Home, P. O. Box 168, Orrick, MO 64077.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2024, at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. A Masonic service will be held during visitation starting at 5:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the Orrick Christian Church. A burial will be at South Point Cemetery, Orrick.

William Daniel Floyd

December 10, 1944 ~ March 13, 2024
79 years, 3 months, 3 days

William Daniel Floyd, 79, of rural Orrick, Mo., passed away March 13, 2024 at Oak Pointe in Kearney, Mo., following a battle with Parkinson’s Disease. William was born on December 10, 1944 in Lowell, Mass., to Lucius Harding Floyd and Florence (Chatterton) Floyd. William served his county with the United States Navy during the Vietnam war as an E5, EOD and UDT, 2nd Class Diver, all of which he was honorably discharged from. William was a member of the Polo American Legion.

On October 10, 1965, William was united in marriage to Frances Jean Karnes. They made their home and raised their sons northeast of Orrick. William worked as a truck driver for ABS Trucking Company in Kansas City for several years and retired from his duties there in 2004. William enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding motorcycles. He also loved scuba diving.

William was preceded in death by his parents, Lucius and Florence Floyd; and three brothers, John Floyd, Tim Floyd, and Robert Floyd.

William is survived by his wife, Jean Floyd of the home near Orrick; son, Dan Floyd of Orrick, Mo.; and son and daughter-in-law, Heath and Mandy Floyd of Orrick, Mo. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Liam Floyd, Lily Floyd, Gretta Floyd, Tatum Floyd and Parker Floyd.

Memorial Services with Military Honors and inurnment will be Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at South Point Cemetery near Orrick. Memorial contributions are suggested to be given to Tunnel to Towers in William’s memory.

Ruth Elaine Murphey Smith

June 6, 1935 – February 5, 2024

Ruth Elaine Smith, 88, of Camden, Missouri, passed away Monday, February 5, 2024, at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri.

Ruth was born on June 6, 1935, in Clinton, Missouri, to Edward H. and Nellie F. (Mastin) Murphey. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Lloyd F. Smith, on February 2, 1961.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her daughter, Sharon Leah Smith.

She is survived by her daughter Susan (Terry) Callaway of Orrick, Missouri, and her sons, Michael (Katheleen) Smith of Stevensville, Montana, and Roger (Rosanna) Smith of Kansas City, Missouri; her grandchildren, Aaron (April) Delbridge of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Nathan (Valerie) Callaway of Kansas City, Missouri, Kendrick (Mandy Lea) Callaway of Estes Park, Colorado, Trevor Smith (Nikki Stirling) of Missoula, Montana, and Lyndsay (Austin) George of Missoula, Montana; and great-grandchildren, Angel, Seth, Hayden and Adelyn. She is also survived by her brother, Joseph (Shirley) Murphey of Joplin, Missouri; brother-in-law, Arthur Smith of Sarasota, Florida; sister-in-law, Margie Beery of Warrensburg, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, and many extended family members and friends.

Ruth was proud to work as a Registered Nurse for more than forty years in several facilities and specialties in Missouri, Texas, Alabama, Virgina and Florida.

Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Orrick, Missouri, on Friday, February 9, 2024, with visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 AM followed by service at 11:00 AM performed by the Reverand Jacob Overstreet and internment at South Point Cemetery.

The family would like to thank all of those members of the community and the church, who have loved and embraced Ruth over the years, and especially to the caring staff of Liberty Hospital, who showed such compassion in her final days and hours. In lieu of flowers, the family ask you make contributions to First Baptist Church of Orrick so they may continue their ministry to others in need.


Loved her dearly and she will be missed, she was a wonderful lady and she encouraged me to get through nursing school … we spent so much time together when the kids were younger. My prayers and thoughts go with Sue and family, Mike and family, Roger and family. Love you all.
Margie Beery

Susie and Terry, so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. May beautiful memories help with your and the families pain right now. Your mom was a beautiful lady and you look alot like her. Sorry I couldn’t make it to visitation, my thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Alison Woods

Gwendolyn Sue Rogers

June 9, 1948 ~ December 18, 2023
75 years, 6 months, 10 days

Gwendolyn Sue Rogers, 75, of Warsaw, Mo., formerly of Orrick, Mo., passed away Monday, December 18, 2023 at her home in Warsaw with her family by her side.

Gwendolyn was born on June 9, 1948 in Excelsior Springs, Mo., to Dale Gene Richardson and Beulah F. (Barrett) Richardson. Gwendolyn attended schools in Orrick and graduated from Orrick High School with the class of 1966.

On September 22, 1969, Gwendolyn was united in marriage to Jacob Rogers. Jacob survives at the home.

Gwendolyn was not only a housewife and mother, she had worked as a supervisor for Vocational Services in Liberty, Mo. She had also worked for Whittaker Cable Corporation in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Gwendolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Dale Gene and Beulah “Boots” Richardson; brothers, Johnnie Richardson and Jimmie Richardson; and a baby sister, Kimberly Anne Richardson.

Gwendolyn is survived by her husband of 54 years, Jacob Rogers of the home in Warsaw, Mo.; two sons, Chad Rogers (Jeanene) of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Todd Rogers (Sonetta) of Orrick, Mo.; one brother, Danny Richardson (Terry) of Hubbard, Texas; and one sister, Ginger Brammer (Roger) of Independence, Mo.; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Also surviving  is Gwendolyn’s loving dog, Dudley.

Memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Immediately following the visitation, the Memorial service for Gwendolyn will commence at 2:30 p.m., with Mr. Mike Hartwick officiating.

Judith Ann Loyd

February 19, 1941 ~ December 11, 2023

Judith Ann Loyd, 82, of rural Orrick, MO, passed away December 11, 2023 at the Aspire Nursing Center in Excelsior Springs, MO.  Judith was born on February 19, 1941 to John Stephens and Jesse Ruth Dovenspike. On May 24, 1958, she was united in marriage to Bobby G. Loyd. He preceded her in death in July of 2016.

On top of being a mother and homemaker, Judith worked outside the home as a production worker for Whittaker Cable Corp. in Excelsior Springs. Judith loved drinking her coffee, especially with her sister. She loved soap operas and she loved to play bingo and go to the boats. Judith was very good at cooking and enjoyed cooking and being with her kids and grandkids as much as she could. She also loved her dog, Daisy.  Judith was particular about keeping her yard clean and mowed. She always had a pretty lawn.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby G. Loyd in July of 2016; her brothers, John, Allen and Roy Stephens; and sisters, Mary Nichols, Betty Reyburn, and Shirley Warren.

Judy is survived by her daughters, Sharon McAdams (Russ) and Tammy O’Dell (Mark), all of Excelsior Springs, MO; sons, Robert Loyd (Linda) and David Loyd, all of Orrick, MO. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Visitation for Judith will be held on Monday, December 18, 2023 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will follow at 1:30 p.m. Monday, also at the funeral home. Burial will be at the New Hope Cemetery Southwest of Richmond, MO.

Jackie Darwin Blyth

December 7, 1946 ~ December 7, 2023

Jackie Darwin Blyth, 77, of Orrick, MO, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Jackie was born on December 7, 1946, in Orrick, MO, the son of Donald and Opal (Sharp) Blyth. Jackie was united in marriage to Mary Sandstrom on March 19, 1965.

Mary survives of the home. Other survivors include daughter, Barbara Jo Blyth of Orrick; son, Jeffrey Aaron (Melody) Blyth of Orrick; two grandchildren, Aaron (Madi) Blyth of Rayville, MO, and Ashlyn (Cade) Pointer of Lawson, MO; three great grandchildren, Remington and Elizabeth Pointer and Cali Jo Blyth; sister, Martha Martin; brother, Bub (Brenda) Blyth; brother-in-law, Jim O’Dell; sister-in-law, Linda Blyth; uncle, Bill Blyth; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alice O’Dell; brothers, Donald Keith and Danny Kent Blyth; father-in-law, Eddie Sandstrom; mother-in-law, Eva Ruth Sandstrom; sister-in-law, Sharon Ivey; and brother-in-law, AJ Ivey.

Jackie worked for Arnold Brothers Elevator, MFA Elevator and Orrick Farm Service for 53 years. He was a beloved husband, father, Pa and Papa. He will be greatly missed by all.


So sorry for your loss. He was a GREAT MAN.
Chad Thomas

Lloyd Everett Conklin

Lloyd Everett Conklin, 76, of Orrick, Mo., passed away on October 27, 2023 surrounded by his loved ones. He was the widower of Clara Jo Conklin whom he shared 36 years of marriage with.

Lloyd was raised in Ava, Mo. He was the son of Edward and Violet Conklin. After graduating from Ava, Lloyd went on to serve in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war. After serving his country Lloyd became a carpenter and got married to Clara on November 20,1972 in Miami, Okla. In 2005 he retired from JE Dunn and the Carpenters Local 61 to care for his wife.

Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; two sisters; his wife, Clara; one son, Robert Conklin; and one daughter, Linda Conklin; and two grandchildren.

He is survived by two brothers; three sisters; children, Lorene and Timothy Harralson, Liana and Larry Trout, Clara Katzenmaier, David Conklin I; 31 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

Lloyd was a devoted member of the Orrick Christian Church. He enjoyed learning and sharing the word of God. He always wanted to make sure his family was protected in every way. Most importantly, he wanted to make sure his family knew the word of Jesus Christ and that they were ready for what the world would throw at them. Lloyd was an excellent leader in life for his family. He would do his best to help those around him, he sacrificed so much for the people he loved, as well as donating what he could to the Wounded Warriors Program of America. Lloyd loved spending time with his family, he enjoyed making everyone laugh with his quick one liners, as well as his goofy faces and grins. He found happiness by bringing his family along on adventures that tended to lead to fishing and sharing life lessons as well as reminiscing. Lloyd spent his time working on random and wacky jobs around the house as well as working on his and other’s vehicles, his tractors, and growing his garden. Lloyd had the biggest heart, he accepted everyone the way they came and was quickly called dad or grandpa after meeting.

Lloyd Conklin was a family man, a man that knew it all and was the perfect Supervisor. He was a hero, not only for being Vietnam veteran, but for always making sure his family all went to church. He walked the road to God holding hands with his family members with the brightest smile on his face. He would make everyone laugh with his personality, making people smile with his grin. He was surrounded by the people he loved including his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many of his siblings. He loved his family with all his heart, wanting them all to know God. Lloyd went to join the Lord and Savior knowing that all of us would be ok. He knew he was ok leaving, that we would all understand and would hold each other close as we get through this time. He may have been a carpenter, but he would help with all projects in his spare time with his loved ones, teaching them all lessons as he worked. He taught them the good and the bad that come with life and even how to fix a tire so that they could do it on their own. Lloyd’s lessons will continue forward with his love, for it’s not goodbye but see you later.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2023 at The Orrick Christian Church, with Pastor Art Endsley officiating. Burial will follow in Southpoint Cemetery near Orrick. Military Honors will be provided by the Ray County Veterans and the U.S. Army.

Harry Albert Van Skike

June 16, 1937 ~ October 23, 2023

Harry Albert Van Skike, 86, of rural Orrick, Missouri, passed away Monday, October 23, 2023 at the Avalon View Nursing Center in Liberty, MO. Harry was born on June 16, 1937 in Lathrop, MO, to Ora Van Skike and Zelma (Gordon) Van Skike. On July 9, 1994 he was united in marriage to Alma Jean Parker. Together the made their home on a small farm northwest of Orrick. Harry had worked as a boiler operator in North Kansas City, MO, for several years before he retired from his duties there. Harry was a member of the Rock Falls Baptist Church.

Harry liked hunting and fishing and camping. Late in his life he discovered the joys of going on cruises and managed to enjoy three. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and he loved dogs.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his wife, Beverly; his son, Paul; and daughters, Evelyn and Kathy.

Harry is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jean Van Skike of the home; sisters, Velma and Brenda; his daughter, Chris; his five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Visitation and viewing will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26, 2023 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Graveside services will be held Friday, October 27, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Southpoint Cemetery, Orrick, MO.

Kenneth Wayne McAfee

Kenneth McAfeeKenneth Wayne McAfee, 73 of Orrick, MO, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2023 at the Northcare Hospice House in North Kansas City, MO, with his wife and daughter at his side.

Kenny, as he was best known, was born on April 26, 1950 in Excelsior Springs, MO, to Malcolm Wayne “Tommy” McAfee and Marcella Rose (Martin) McAfee. Kenny lived the majority of his life in Orrick and attended Orrick schools and graduated from Orrick High School with the class of 1968. He went on to further his education at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, where he received a bachelors degree in physical education in 1972.

On August 11, 1972, Kenny was united in marriage to Sandra M. Dutton in a ceremony at the Orrick Christian Church. Kenny began his teaching and coaching career at Slater High School in the 1972 – 1973 school year. He then taught at the Ray-Pec School District in the 1973 -1974 and 1974-1975 school years. In 1975-1976 he began teaching and coaching at Orrick High School, where he remained until he retired in 2000.

Kenny loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed watching football and baseball. He was a big MU fan. He also loved spending time with his family and visiting his friends.

Kenny was a member of ADA Lodge #444 in Orrick and served many years as the lodge secretary.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Tot McAfee; his brother, Jimmy “BoBo” McAfee; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Bonnie Dutton.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandra M. McAfee of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Kenda and Steve Ransom of Concord, North Carolina; his sister, Leisa McAfee-Cook of Orrick, MO; his grandson, Dane Ransom and granddaughter, Sophia Ransom, both of Concord, North Carolina; a brother-in-law, Jimmie Dutton of Warrensburg, MO; and an uncle, Ronnie Barber and wife, Helen, of St. Joseph, MO.

Masonic services will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick at 10:00 a.m., followed by visitation from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Funeral Services will follow visitation at 12:30 p.m., also at the funeral home, with Rev. Bill Purcell officiating. Burial will follow at South Point Cemetery near Orrick.

Memorial contributions are suggested to either The Orrick Booster Club or to Northcare Hospice House,
2800 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, MO 64116.