Richard K. “Dick” Clemmons

March 24, 1932 – June 26, 2014

Richard K. “Dick” Clemmons, of Orrick, Mo., died June 26, 2014 at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, Mo.

Dick served his country during war time, first in the National Guard and later the United States Army. He had worked for 27 years for the United States Postal Service as the station manager at the main post office in Independence, Mo., until he retired. He was a member of the Orrick Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Dugan Clemmons; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy Epperson (Brad) of New London, Mo., and Cathy Howell (Jim) of Independence, Mo.; three grandchildren, Jay Howell (Fanta), Christina Bird and Danny White; four great grandchildren, Delaney Howell, Chloe Howell, Bradley Bird and Kalie Bird; two step children, Kathy Rochowicz (Larry) and Bruce Dugan (Chris); five step grandchildren, Derrick Dugan, Keith Dugan (Jodi), Rose Dugan, Amanda Rochowicz and Kyle Rochowicz; five step great-grandchildren, Mason Dugan, Claire Dugan, Marlie McAdams, Noah Rochowicz and Rylei Rochowicz.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Roy F. “Coke” Clemmons and Frances Clemmons; a daughter, Linda Sue Clemmons; and the mother of his children, Anita Teegarden Clemmons; a brother, Roy K. Clemmons; and an infant brother, Robert Clemmons.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening, June 28, 2014 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the Gowing Funeral Home with the Rev. Matt Simpson of the Orrick Baptist Church officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow in South Point Cemetery near Orrick and will be provided by members of the United States Coast Guard and members of the Ray County Veterans Honors team.


We have many fond memories of Dick (Grandpa). Fishing, fish stories, shooting at cans and clay birds, cookouts, fish fries, Fourth of July fireworks in the backyard, sightseeing in Missouri and Pennsylvania and colorful stories of his life. We will miss you. We love you Dick. We love you Grandpa and Great-Grandpa.
The Rochowicz Family:
Larry, Kathy (Dugan); Amanda, Derek, Noah; Kyle, Brianna, Rylei

On behalf of our entire team at Shirkey Hospice and Palliative Care, we wanted to extend our sympathy to your entire family. May God bless and keep each of you and hold you close as you Grieve the loss of your beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather. It was an Honor to serve you in your time of need.
Chaplain Bill Purcell

What a terrible loss for his friends, family and community. He was a wonderful guy.
Bob & Rosma Blyth

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Clemmons. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.
A grateful stranger