Kenneth Eugene “Kenny” Schooley, 89, of Richmond, died Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond.
Kenny was born on July 26, 1930, in Richmond, the son of Jewell Edward and Gladys Bernita (McGinnis) Schooley. He was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Howell of Lafayette County, on March 11, 1955; she survives of the home.
Additional survivors include: two daughters, Tammy (Gary) Swafford of Richmond and Anita (Randy) Didier of Richmond; five grandchildren: Christopher Aaron (Emily) Kilgore, Preston Kenneth Schooley (Sydney) Kilgore, Taylor Reed Didier, Megan Ann (Matt) Ganier, and Ashlee Morgan Lykins; six great-grandchildren: Haley Claire Kilgore, Graham Kenneth Kilgore, Cameron Leigh Kilgore, Emery Grace-Ann Ganier, Adelyn Kate Ganier, Brielle Lee Lykins, and one on the way; and first cousin, Annabelle Nolker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his father paying the ultimate price for our freedom during the Battle of the Bulge.
Kenny was reared and educated in Richmond, graduating from Richmond High School in 1948. As a young man, Kenny enjoyed spending time with his grandparents, where he developed his lifelong passion for the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Kenny was in the United States Army, during the Korean War, and worked as a mechanic in the motor pool; this is where his lifelong career as a mechanic and his interests in cars and racing began. Kenny was a well-known area mechanic and worked for several area auto businesses and repair shops. He worked for over 50 years as a service writer and mechanic for Swafford Ford, where he retired from. After the war, Kenny enjoyed car racing, north of town, at the old racetrack. He was the first NASCAR champion west of the Mississippi River; his car was #89. Kenny retired from car racing when his daughters were born. He was a member of the Richmond United Methodist Church and lifelong member of the Richmond VFW. His hobbies included, besides hunting and fishing, mushroom hunting, gigging frogs, running trout lines, and anything outdoors. He also enjoyed refinishing antiques.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the Richmond United Methodist Church or the Shirkey Foundation Alzheimer’s Support Group. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East Main Street-P.O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, November 25, 2019, at Richmond United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Army and Ray County Veterans. Burial will be in Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery. Please share your memories of Kenny by visiting www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.