Shirley Gene Battagler

Shirley Gene Battagler, 87, of rural Orrick, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Liberty Hospital. Shirley was born on the family farm near Orrick, on October 1, 1932, to Frank and Nettie (Hessenflow) Battagler. He had lived his entire life around Orrick and near where his life began. He was a lifelong farmer. He had attended Excelsior Springs High School and graduated with the class of 1950. He had served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict in the 1950’s. Shirley was united in marriage to Rosemary Mills, Rosemary preceded him in death on June 22, 2004.

Shirley loved to watch TV western shows, eat biscuits and gravy, and eat at the Mill Inn on Sundays and Wednesdays in Excelsior Springs. He also enjoyed his family and being with them. Shirley also loved and enjoyed being a farmer.

Shirley was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Rosemary Battagler on June 22, 2004, and his son, Robert Donald “Bobby Don” Battagler on July 23, 2013. He was also preceded in death by  his brothers, Wilbur Battagler, Fred Battagler, Howard Battagler, C.W. Battagler, and Robert Battagler, and a sister, Mae Magdeline Hill.

He is survived by nephews, Alan Battagler and Gary Battagler of Orrick, Mo., Kurt Hill of Norwalk, Calif., and Donnie Battagler of Claycomo, Mo.; nieces, Joyce Battagler and Karen Koerner of Orrick, Mo., and Carolyn Sims of Mulvane, Kans.; and a sister-in-law, Nadine Battagler of Orrick, Mo. Also surviving are numerous great nieces and nephews.

Shirley will lie in state from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, where friends may come by to pay respects.

Graveside services with full military honors will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Union Cemetery northwest of Orrick.

Memorials are suggested to Union Cemetery Association in his memory.


David Henry Schjoll

David Henry Schjoll, 78, of Orrick, Mo., passed away early Wednesday morning, June 17, 2020 at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, Mo., following a lengthy illness.

David was born on January 7, 1942 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Derwood Horace Schjoll and Elaine Juliet (Jardet) Schjoll. David had lived in numerous states before moving to the Orrick area in 1984. He had served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict and was honorably discharged on March 30, 1967. He was united in marriage on December 18, 1976 to Diana Christina Smith, who survives him. David had worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years and retired in 1997.

Some of David’s favorite things to do were drinking beer, Barbeque grilling, fishing, hunting and anything to do in the great outdoors.

David was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Denise Schjoll; and two brothers, Mike Schjoll and Wayne Schjoll.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Diana Schjoll of the home in Orrick; his daughters, Lori Schulze and husband, Greg of Indianapolis, Ind., and Virginia Foote of Richmond, Mo.; his son, David Schjoll, Jr. of Indianapolis, Ind.; brothers, Richard Schjoll of Madras, Oreg., and Art Schjoll of Pineville, Oreg.; a sister, Sharon Newberg of Fairfield, Conn.; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday morning, June 25, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.,  followed by Memorial services at 10:30 a.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo.

Inurnment with military honors will follow at South Point Cemetery near Orrick, Mo.


Arvil E. Griffin, Jr.

Arvil E. Griffin, Jr., 76, of rural Orrick, MO, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the NorthCare Hospice House in North Kansas City, MO. Arvil, know by most as Junior or JR, was born on August 8, 1943 in Excelsior Springs, MO, to Arvil E. Griffin, Sr. and Bessie Mae (King) Griffin. He had lived his entire life in Ray and Clay counties. He attended school and graduated from Lawson High School.

Following high school, he attended college at Central Missouri University. He also served his country in the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge. Junior had worked for the J.E. Dunn Construction Company as a Superintendent for 32 years and retired in 2005.

Junior was united in marriage to Carolyn Ann Parshall on July 19, 2003, and together they lived north of Orrick on their farm. He attended the Orrick Christian Church and was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union, Local #315.

Junior loved raising cattle, farming, fishing and gardening and anything to do with the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his first wife, Kathie Griffin in 1989.

Junior is survived by his wife, Carolyn Griffin of the home; daughters, Laura Killingsworth (Chad) of Overland Park, KS, and Amy Martin of Lathrop, MO.; his step children, Ronnie Clow (Jenelle) of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Cindee Tarchick (Tim) of Canton, GA, Craig Clow of Portland, OR, Kevin Atwood of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Kenda Stout (Chuck) of St. Joseph, MO; brother, Bill Griffin (Linda) of Missouri City, MO; and sisters, Shirley Strange (Don) of Liberty, MO, Judy Moore (Sonny) of Gravois Mills, MO, and Betsy Moore of Excelsior Springs, MO. He is also survived by 19 precious grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 98018, Washington.

There will be a visitation and viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Cremation will follow with a memorial service at a later date to be announced in the future. Please be aware that we will be doing social distancing and other measures of protection during the visitation in compliance with the State’s protocol due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

James M. Thomason

James M. Thomson, 83, passed away April 30, 2020 at his home in rural Orrick after a battle with cancer.

James was born on January 1, 1937 to Arlis and Faye (Riddle) Thomason in Prosperity, Ark. James lived in Arkansas before moving to Missouri. He spent his adult life living around Liberty, Missouri City, and finally spending roughly the last 38 years in rural Orrick.

James was married to Joyce (Mcginnis) Thomason who passed away in 1964, he had two children from this union. In June 1967 he married Norberta (Blank) Thomason who passed away in 2016, he gained a daughter and had a son from this marriage.

James did many jobs in his lifetime. Jobs at the potato sheds and feed company in South Liberty, construction, waste management, plus odd and end jobs, finally retiring from BFI.

James was a member of The Odd Fellows Lodge in Missouri City, Mo. He enjoyed going to auctions, collecting odd things, helping people, finding good restaurants, driving on trips, and most of all telling wonderful stories.

James was preceded in death by his two wives, his parents, one brother, and two daughters, Christy Johnson and Cindy Thomason.

He is survived by two sons, Robert Thomason of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and James E. Thomason of Orrick, Mo.; one sister, Sue Taylor of Springdale, Ark.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. James also had many that considered him a dad, grandpa and great-grandpa.

A memorial service will be scheduled in the future.

Richard L. Frye

December 15, 1931 ~ April 28, 2020

Mr. Richard Frye, 87, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the Excelsior Spring Nursing and Rehab Center.

Richard was born on December 15, 1932 to Joseph Green Frye and Neva May Blacketer (Burnett), he was raised by his mother and step dad Jewell T. Burnett in Orrick, Mo. He was united in marriage on October 22, 1950 to Dora Joann (Todd) Frye. Richard had been a custodian at the Lewis Middle School in Excelsior Springs before he retired in 1999. He attended church at the Flack Memorial Christian Union Church in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, five brothers and one sister.

Survivors include his children, Gary and Lori Frye, of Augusta, Kans., Karen Etheridge and Garry Whitworth, of Galt, Mo., Patty and Gary Easley, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Mark and Gina Frye of Kearney, Mo., Lee Ann and Mark Eldredge, and Cheryle and Lance Workman, of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; his sisters, Shirley Ross of Orrick, Mo., and Virginia Funk of Kansas City, Mo.  Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services for the immediate family were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2020 at the South Point Cemetery and facilitated by Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick.

Steven Gale Cobb

Steven Gale Cobb, 66, of Parkville, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at North Kansas City Hospital.

Steven was born in Kansas City, Mo., on January 10, 1954, to Bobby Cobb and Letha (Ellis) Cobb. Steven began his education attending school in Kansas City and later moving with his family to Vibbard in Ray County, he attended the Excelsior Springs Schools. Steven lived his entire life in the Kansas City Metro area.

He was united in marriage to Victoria Denise Allred on September 1, 1978. He had been employed for several years with Motion Industries in Riverside, Mo.

Steven loved motorcycles and was an avid rider. He enjoyed taking rides on his motorcycle. Steven also was an outdoorsman and he enjoyed deer hunting, especially hunting with a bow, which he was very skilled at. He also loved spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Cobb; a son, Michael Lee Hartwick, Jr.; and an infant brother, Wendell Cobb.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 42 years, Victoria D. Cobb of Orrick, Mo.; his son, Robert Hartwick and his wife, Melissa, of Orrick, Mo.; his mother, Letha Cobb of Liberty, Mo.; two brothers, Keith Cobb of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Kendall Cobb of Liberty, Mo.;
and a sister, Becky Meirath of Excelsior Springs. Steven is also survived by his five grandchildren, Haley Hartwick, Tanner Hartwick, Dakota Hartwick, Madisyn Hartwick and Jackson Hartwick. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Steven wished to be cremated with memorial services to be announced at a later date.

M. Patricia Townsend

M. Patricia Townsend, 84, of Orrick, went to be with the Lord Monday, February 17, 2020 at Shirkey Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, MO.

Pat was born December 19, 1935 in Kansas City, MO, to Mary and Eldon Cox. She accepted Christ at a young age. She was united in marriage to John M. Townsend of Orrick, MO, on January 18, 1958. He survives of the home and family farm.

Before marrying John, she worked at Kroger’s in Kansas City as executive secretary. She was a loving mother and homemaker on the farm. Pat was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She was a tremendous help on the family farm through gardening, canning, and dressing chickens. She belonged to the Orrick Christian Church and served as treasurer and taught Sunday School for many years. She was also an active member of the Keystone Class. She loved delivering flowers and cards to shut ins, playing bridge, entertaining, and eating out with Red Hats. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren and watching them grow. For many years, she and John spent time at their cabin on the Lake of the Ozarks where they enjoyed boating and watching their grandchildren swim.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Milton Townsend; and three children, Keith (Cecelia) Townsend of Cary, N.C.; Tom (Deanne) Townsend of Orrick, MO, and Diane (Eric) White of Springfield, MO. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Candice, Phillip, Douglas, Ashley, Brittany, and Joshua and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild, Andrew Townsend, in infancy.

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

A visitation will be held Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., with funeral immediately following at the Orrick Christian Church, 401 E. South Front St., Orrick, MO. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery.


I’m so sorry to hear of Patricia’s passing. It was a pleasure to get to know this wonderful family. First as Pat was visiting faithfully at Shirley’s Nursing Home to be with her Mother, then as she became a Patient and then on Hospice. Our staff will always remember the special Love and Care John provided to his beloved Wife of 62 yrs. A wonderful example of a faithful man. We will always remember this wonderful family.
Rev. Bill Purcell, Shirkey Hospice Chaplain

To John and Family, I’m sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. God bless each of you as you mourn the loss of your dear loved one. What a beautiful life lived as a Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother!
With heartfelt sympathy, Laura and family

Jimmie Dean O’Dell

Jimmie Dean O’Dell, 63, of rural Orrick, Mo., passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at his home near Orrick with his family at his side. Jimmie was born on May 13, 1956 on the family farm near Orrick to Luther Lee O’Dell, Sr., and Vina Marie (Covey) O’Dell. He had lived his entire life in Ray County and around Orrick. He attended school at Orrick Public Schools.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Jimmy was the manager and operator of SCF Fertilizer plant in Floyd, Mo., for many years. He also was a farmer and had worked for the Clarkson Construction Company and was a member of Teamster Local 541.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Vina O’Dell; two sisters, Mary Lee and Joann; and a brother, Jessie.

Jimmie is survived by his wife, Gale O’Dell, and a son, Josh O’Dell of the home; three daughters, Melissa O’Dell of Orrick, Mo., Amber (O’Dell) Summers of Odessa, Mo., and Crystal (O’Dell) Dean of Wellington, Mo.; five grandchildren, Lexi, Ali and Kayla Dean, Sierra O’Dell and Gavin Summers; a brother, Luther O’Dell, Jr.; and two sisters, Janet Millsap and Shirley Offutt.

He will be greatly and sadly missed by his family.

Jimmie will be cremated with private family services at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to Gowing Funeral Home, P.O. Box 169, Orrick, MO 64077 to help with final expenses.


We hated to see this notice and pray for Jimmie’s family. Our hearts go out to all of you.
Ronnie & Betty Bellis

Glen E. McGinnis

Glen E. McGinnis, 77, of rural Orrick, Mo., passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Liberty Hospital from pneumonia and COPD.

Glen was born to Edgar McGinnis and Anna Mae (Letchworth) McGinnis on November 12, 1942 in Clay County, Mo.

He was united in married to Bonnie (Holder) McGinnis for 54 years, and was the loving father to Rodney McGinnis “Rodball” and wife Kim, and Shelley Renea Stubbeman “Shortcake”. Glen is also a proud Pa Pa to eight grandchildren, Jessica Lydy, Tommy Presbury, Steven Higginbotham, Kymmie Higginbotham, Breanna Stubbeman, Brian McGinnis, Grey Stubbeman, and Grant Stubbeman. He was Great Pa Pa to four great grandchildren, Paislee Higginbotham, Wrenlee Higginbotham, Maya Willard, and Ayden Lydy. He is also survived by one sister, Anita, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Donnie, Vernie, Delbert and Sharon.

Glen graduated from Liberty High School in 1960. Following his graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army and served our country for two years.

Glen loved the Kansas City Chiefs and the Royals. He loved being a part of his children and grandchildren’s sports, from coaching little league baseball teams. He also loved bowling for many years. Another of Glen’s favorite things to do was watch his western movies.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, followed at 11:30 a.m. with funeral services, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Riffe Cemetery near Orrick, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to The Riffe Cemetery in his memory.

William Edwin “Bill” Woods

William Edwin “Bill” Woods, 66, of Excelsior Springs, MO, passed away on Saturday,
December 21, 2019 at his home following a lengthy illness. Bill was born on August 2, 1953 in Camden, MO, to Leslie Lyon Woods and Barbara Lily (Ferguson) Woods.

He attended elementary school in Camden, MO, and then attended high school in Richmond, MO. He graduated from Richmond High School in 1971. Bill had lived most of his adult life in Warrensburg, MO, where he had owned and operated his own record recording studio, and a record label and publishing company named Shadow Records. Bill had an intense love for music and was a spirited song writer. He was talented in playing most string instruments, and could play them well. Bill was known in the Kansas City area as “Billy Beale”, the Blues Preservationist.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Barbara Woods.

He is survived by one son, Cody C. (Patricia) Woods of Parkville, MO; two brothers, Don R. Woods and Robert “Bobby” Woods (Judy), all of Richmond, MO; a sister, Kathy A. McKown of Excelsior Springs, MO; and his six grandchildren, Natalia, Bella, Sylas, Lilly, Scarlett, and Arthur.

A Visitation and Rememberance of Bill will be held Sunday afternoon, December 29, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, MO.