Floyd A. “Butch” Herrell, Jr.
Aug. 25, 1951 - June 29, 2014
Funeral services for Floyd A. “Butch” Herrell, Jr., were at 10 a.m. July 3 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel in Drexel, with Revs. Chuck Murphy, Peter Eggebrecht and Joel Carmer officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. July 2 at the chapel. Burial followed 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.mullinaxfu neralhome.com.
Floyd A. “Butch” Herrell, Jr., 62 of Drexel, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City. He was born to Floyd Allen, Sr., and Phyllis (Calhoun) Herrell on Aug. 25, 1951, in Harrisonville. He spent much of his childhood in Kansas City and a small part in Drexel. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Independence.
Floyd began working at General Motors in his early 20s 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 through a mutual friend. They dated a few short months and were married Aug. 4, 1978. The two lived in rural Archie 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 had 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 ensure 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, and Katherine Herrell Rich and husband Ty of Gridley, Kan.; his father and stepmother, 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.
Arrangements: Mullinax Funeral Home, 136 E. Main St., P.O. Box 500, Drexel, MO 64742; 816-657-4400.