Gary Ray Henness


Gary Ray Henness, 81, of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at his home.

Gary was born September 29, 1941 in Pollick, Missouri the son of Roy and Marette (Yardley) Henness who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his wife Karen; two sisters, Mary Ruth and Beverly Ann who died in infancy; two brothers, Kenneth Lee, who died in infancy, and Jimmy Dale "Buddy" Henness.

Gary is survived by one son, Tony Henness and wife Laura of LaPlata, MO, two step daughters; Melanie Ragan (Chris) of Kansas City, MO, and Cybil Wriedt of Kirksville, MO; one sister, Colleen Riley of Jefferson City, MO; one brother, Randy Henness of Kirksville, MO; his grandchildren, Sean Casey of Wentzville, MO, Taylor Henness of Kirksville, MO, Camen Sauerbrei, Kira Sauerbrei, Guinevere Ragan, Avery Ragan, and Zach Ragan all of Kansas City, MO; as well as several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Gary was a graduate of Milan High School and went to work for South Western Bell Telephone until his retirement. He also worked several years as a Deputy for the Adair County Sheriffs Department.

Gary was a member of the Boynton Baptist Church and enjoyed wood working, fishing, and sitting outside watching the wildlife.

Gary's wish was to be cremated with services held at a later date.

Memorial donations in memory of Gary may be made to the Elmwood Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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Signed by: Stonie on February 6, 2023

Gary and I worked together many years at SBC. His wit and character are fondly remembered.
RIP my friend.

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