Floyd “Butch” Herrell, Jr.

In Loving MemoryFuneral services for Floyd A. “Butch” Herrell, Jr., will be 10:00 AM Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Mullinax Funeral Home – Drexel Chapel in Drexel, Missouri with Revs. Chuck Murphy, Peter Eggebrecht, and Joel Carmer officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5 – 7 PM at the chapel. Burial will follow services in Sharon Cemetery near Drexel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice House, or Stand Up to Cancer. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Floyd A. “Butch” Herrell, Jr., 62 of Drexel, Missouri passed away June 29, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born to Floyd Allen, Sr. and Phyllis (Calhoun) Herrell August 25, 1951 in Harrisonville, MO. He spent much of his childhood in Kansas City, MO and a small part in Drexel, MO. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Independence.

Floyd began working at General Motors in his early 20’s and did so for 13 years. He always had a love for cars, and he enjoyed this job very much. Floyd met Patricia “Tish” Buck in Warrensburg, MO through a mutual friend. They dated a few short months and were married on August 4, 1978. The two lived in rural Archie, MO on the family farm and to this union three children were born: Nicholas, Emily and Katherine.

They moved to rural Drexel in the winter of 1989. Here, he and his father raised cattle. He also worked full-time managing a farm and home store. The family made the move to Main Street Drexel in June of 1998. This was a real change from the country life.

Floyd took an interest in healthcare when his mother became ill and subsequently passed. He obtained his Practical Nursing License from Nevada Technical School in 1995. After a few years in the profession, he then obtained his Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Fort Scott Community College in 2002. While he held different positions in the nursing field, Hospice was where he fit best. His kind and gentle manner and genuine personality were always a comfort to his patients and their families. He would go above and beyond to insure his patients received the absolute best care possible.

Floyd’s wife, Tish passed in 2006. He did not re-marry.

Floyd took great pride in his family and had a strong faith in the Lord. He loved his grandchildren very much. He enjoyed any time spent with his wiener dog, Otto, road trips and classic cars- especially his 1952 Studebaker Commander. He was a member of the Studebaker Club of America.

Floyd was preceded in death by his wife, and his mother. He is survived by a son, Nicholas J. Herrell and wife Jessica of Harrisonville; daughters Emily M. Herrell of Raymore, Missouri and Katherine Herrell Rich and husband Ty of Gridley, Kansas; his father and step-mother, Floyd Sr. and wife Ann of Harrisonville; a brother, Mike Herrell and wife Vickie of Harrisonville; and grandchildren Abigail, Zoey, Easton, Delaney, Colin, and Chloe.

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16 thoughts on “Floyd “Butch” Herrell, Jr.

  1. I was fortunate to have met and worked with Floyd. He was an outstanding nurse and a great man. His smile and hugs would get you through anything! He will be missed by many, but all of our lives have been made better by knowing him. I send my prayers to his family.
    Kate Miner

  2. Nick, Emily, & Katie, I am sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great man and a good friend of mine. He left me with a lot of good memories!

  3. Speaking for the Geoff Buck family, I can say that Floyd was an outstanding husband to my sister Tish, and we deeply respected him. A quiet and classy guy, to be greatly missed. My four daughters knew him as Uncle Boo and we all will greatly miss him. Our special condolences to Nick, Katie and Emily. Losing a dad is hard. We love all of you. Geoff and family

  4. I work with Floyd at Hospice care of Midwest and I work with at Kansas City Hospice. Floyd was a good Nurse he always say nice say. I can always count on Floyd to purchase cookies from my daughter. He will be sadly missed.

  5. Roger and I are so very sorry and send our condolences to the entire family. While we didn’t know his children, Mike and family have been a part of our lives and very dear friends for over 30 years. Losing a sibling is an undescribable pain and our hearts go out to Mike. Losing a child is something a parent should never have to face and our hearts go out to Floyd. Losing a parent is losing part of yourself and our hearts go out to his children. Butch was one of Roger’s nurses when he was ill and he was comforted when he came to his room and saw his smiling face. He was very dear. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  6. So many memories he left us with…like the time before children, he came to meet us in-laws in California. We went tubing down the Sacramento River only to find out Boo, as we knew him, couldn’t swim! When we visited Archie he laughed when my wife saw her first fireflies from the front porch. We still envision Boo in his chair with Otto and Gretchen on either side of his lap. our family will miss him. love to Emily, Nick and Katie from Chico.

  7. I worked with Floyd at Kansas City Hospice. He always had a smile on his face, and was always happy. It brightened my day, when he would stop by my cube. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family. Floyd was a wonderful person, I am so glad I had the opportunity to get to know him.

  8. I have been privileged to work with Floyd at Kansas City Hospice. He was a wonderful nurse and an even better person. He was compassionate to not only his patients but also his co workers. Floyd was the true definition of a gentleman, and will be greatly missed by so many.

  9. On behalf of everyone at Kansas City Hospice, we send our condolences to Floyd’s family. He was a warm and caring presence, appreciated by families he cared for as well as by staff who came to known him. He will be missed and remembered with fondness and respect.

  10. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Time will heal your hearts and leave you with beautiful memories of both Mom and Dad !! I will miss him being my neighbor and friend .

  11. Floyd was a genuine kind man. I worked with Floyd at KC Hospice. He always had a smile on his face and seemed to love what he did. He often spoke of his children and grandchildren, and when he did his face lit up like a child on Christmas morning. Although Floyd and I were only co-workers, I knew from our conversations that family was very important to him and from the pictures I saw at the visitation it was family that made him most happy, always with a big smile on his face. My condolences to his family, a great man gone to soon. He will most diffidently be missed. It was a pleasure to of known him.

  12. I worked with Floyd at Kansas City Hospice. He was a great nurse and nice caring man . I am happy he was able to touch me and many others in his life. He will be missed

  13. HE WAS A GREAT COMFORT TO ME AND MY FAMILY THROUGH HOSPICE WHEN MY HUSBAND WAS ILL. A VERY LOVING AND CARING MAN.

  14. I worked with Floyd at Kansas City Hospice. Floyd always made a point to come by and hello to us in the office. He was a very kind and gentle person, he will be greatly missed. I’m honored to have known him.

  15. I only knew Floyd as a fellow high school student at St. Mary’s. He and I worked together washing dishes in the school cafeteria. I will always remember Floyd as a kind gentleman, even as a gawky teenager. It’s an honor to have known him. I send heartfelt condolences to Floyd’s family and friends.

  16. Floyd was my dad’s hospice nurse in October of last year. He was compassionate, caring, and a huge support to my family and I. Condolences and many prayers to his family and friends.

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