Larry Keith Pennington

Larry Keith Pennington, 80, of rural Camden, MO, died July 22, 2019 at North Care Hospice House, North Kansas City, MO.

Larry was born July 25, 1938 in Orrick, MO, the first born child of Robert S. Clarkson-Pennington and Billie (Cheshier) Pennington. He was united in marriage to Janice Coletta Bellis of rural Camden, MO, on May 17, 1956. She survives of the home.

Larry lived in the Orrick, MO, area nearly all his life and graduated with the Orrick High School class of 1956. He enlisted in the Army Reserve on December 13, 1955 for eight (8) years and received his Honorable Discharge on November 30, 1963. Larry then worked for Culligans, Percy Kent Bag Company and then began work for Western Electric, Lee’s Summit, MO. This company was later known as A.T. & T Technologies and then Lucent Technologies, and Larry retired from Lucent Technologies with 30 years of service in September of 1990. Following his retirement, Larry worked at various funeral homes in Clay and Ray Counties.

After his retirement he helped with the maintenance of the South Point Cemetery grounds. Larry had the talent and ability to “Dowse” for graves and was called upon many times to locate burial sites that had never been marked with a marker. He was also able to tell if the unmarked grave was that of a male or female. “Dowsing” is a talent few claim to have, but Larry was gifted to be able to Dowse for graves with success.

Larry enjoyed fishing and watching the Chiefs football games.

Larry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janice Pennington of the home; his daughter, Cindy (Larry) Cohoon of Carlyle, IL; sons, Alan (Sharon) Pennington of Independence and Andy Pennington and Lisa Hastings of Richmond, MO; a brother, Roger (Marsha) Pennington of Excelsior Springs, MO; aisters, Joyce Stock, Independence, MO, Karen Vandiver, Orrick, MO, Nina (Doug) Courtney, Richmond, MO and Robin (Pat) Cado of Lexington, MO; grandchildren, Heather Pennington, Chris (Krystal) Graves, Kaitlin Pennington, Jennifer (Josh) Lawmaster, Melissa (Josh) Slates, Shelby (Michael) Schlitzer, and Cody (Elizabeth) Pennington; great grandchildren, Austin, Ashlyn and Garrison Cohoon, Tristen and Chevelle Graves, Krysta and Kaleb Crawford, Alex Gaea, Isiach Lawmaster, Matthew and Spencer Schlitzer, Hailey, Kailey and Bailey Pennington.

The family suggest memorials be made to South Point Cemetery Association or The Rock Falls Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Rock Falls Baptist Church. Funeral services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Mike Mohr officiating. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery near Orrick, MO.

Rosma Joann Blyth

Rosma Joann Blyth, 87, of Lawson, died July 22, 2019 at Liberty Hospital.

She was born July 5, 1932 in New Hampton, MO, to Thomas William and Chloe Marie (Kinder) Branham. She was raised in New Hampton, MO, and was a graduate of Orrick High School.

She married Robert Keith Blyth of Orrick on May 19, 1951 in Orrick. She retired from Virden, Lee and Mason Radiology Group in 1977. After retiring, she moved from Orrick to Cape Fair. They moved to Warsaw, MO, in 1996 and then to Lawson.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Sherry Blyth of Warsaw, MO, and David and DaVona Blyth of Lawson, MO; a daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Steve Best of Hannibal, MO; four granddaughters, Jennifer Blyth of Independence, Kerri and Jamie Powell of Liberty, Erin and Adrian Keller of Columbia, and Andrea Collette of Columbia; two great grandsons, Liam Riley Powell and Blyth Robert Allen Powell of Liberty; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Sammy Max Taylor of Orrick, Vickie and Jim Barger of Liberty, Dwight McMullen of Orrick, Beverly Branham of Orrick, and William “Bill” Blyth of Orrick; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, and a sister-in-law, William “Bill” Estle and Norma Branham, and David Lee Branham; a brother-in-law, Tony Jiovenale; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Joy and Pete Merriman, and Sharon Louise McMullen.

Services will be Friday, July 26, 2019 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. and funeral service beginning at 2 p.m.

Memorials should be directed to either South Point Cemetery Association or The Ray County Historical Society.


So very sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful lady.
Dick and Jackie Caton

Mike, Sherry, Jennifer, and family; we are so sorry for your loss. Rosma will truly be missed. Such a lovely lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May God Bless and Comfort you.
Love Vic, Ruth, and Frank.

Raymond Keith Werle

Raymond Keith Werle, 84, of Orrick, Missouri, passed away July 7, 2019 at his home. He was born June 6, 1935 in Orrick, Missouri to Wilbur and Frances Werle. Raymond attended Orrick High School, graduating in 1953. He worked alongside his father in a cattle operation, Werle & Son. For many years, father and son bought, sold and cared for and transported cattle. Later, he became a truck driver for Cook Paint in Kansas City, Missouri, retiring in 1988.

Raymond was an avid trap shooter, traveling to many trap shoots through the years, often coming home with a trophy or two. He also enjoyed playing cards and spent many hours playing the card game Pitch with his family and friends. He attended Rock Falls Baptist Church near his home in rural Orrick.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Robbie Werle; his sister, Joyce Bailey; and his brother-in-law, Robert Bailey.

He is survived by his son, Scott Werle of the home; niece Julie Glisson and family of Overland Park, Kansas; niece, Janet Durbin and family of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and many extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Rock Falls Baptist Church near Orrick, Missouri. A private family burial at Union Cemetery in Orrick will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orrick Fire Department or the Orrick Community Center.

Randall Jefferson Shade

Randall “Randy” Jefferson Shade passed on June 22, 2019 at his home. Randy was born July 27, 1958 in Kansas City.

Randy worked as a plant manager at American Willcon (Gibraltar) for over 40 years in Orrick. Randy lived in Orrick for most of his life and was a well-known resident of Orrick. Randy enjoyed playing music with his brothers and later in life enjoyed watching his son’s musical talents as well.

He is survived by his son, Matthew Shade; brother, Scott Shade; sister-in-law, Michelle Shade; his nieces, Lauren, Ryanne ,Tierza and Shyanna; nephew, Robert David; and aunt, Barbara Davis.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Merrillyn Shade; father, Ronald Shade; and brother, Rob Shade.

Services for Randy will be announced at a later date.

William George Lewis

William George Lewis, 58, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Tuesday morning, June 11, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his wife and loving family.

William was born on September 9, 1960 in Columbia, Mo., to George Allen Lewis and Pauline Cecilia (Grawe) Lewis.

He was first married to Dixie Lee Lewis, and to this union two sons were born, Clint and Cory Lewis.

On July 10, 1999, he was united in marriage to Pamela J. (Schreier) McGill in a ceremony performed at the Fleming Baptist Church. Prior to his marriage to Pamela, William had resided in Middletown, Mo. Following their marriage, William and Pamela made their home in Orrick. He was employed by the Norfolk & Southern Railroad Company as a foreman and had worked for the railroad for 40 years. He was a member of The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, Local 0662.

William was a fun loving guy. He loved to hunt and fish and especially loved to go fishing with his grandchildren. He enjoyed playing pitch, Nascar racing, playing horseshoes and spending time with his family.

William was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline and George Lewis.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela J. Lewis of the home in Orrick; sons, Clint Edward Lewis (Christina) and Cory Allen Lewis (Rachel), all of Henderson, Nev., Jefferey Scott McGill (Serena) of Richmond, Mo., and Brian James McGill (Julie) of Orrick, Mo.;
a brother, Mac Lewis of Wellsville, Mo.; sisters, Sandra Kay Oberhaus (Edward) of Wellsville, Mo., Beverly Jo Marien (Melvin) of Ballwin, Mo., Susanna Pearl Higgenbotham (Tom) of Montgomery City, Mo., Dorothy Marie Reichardt (Tom) of St. Louis, Mo., and Rebecca Pauline Lewis of Wellsville, Mo.; grandchildren, Colton William, Alyssa Renee, Layla Marie, Sabryna Hope, Zachariah Scott, Mackenzie Marion, Nathaniel Ray, Alexander Boyd, Zane Thomas and Terry Ray (T-Ray); and great grandchildren, Brody Thomas and Brooks George. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Memorial services will follow at 2:30 p.m., also at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow services in South Point Cemetery near Orrick.


I am so sorry to hear this Pam praying for you and your family!
Rhonda Schreier Penrod

So sorry for your loss.
Jerry Calvert

Pam – you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Kathy Murry and Tucker Murry

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.