Robert Dean Claypole, 88, of Richmond, died Saturday, December 21, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Robert was born on August 12, 1931, in Orrick, the son of Milo and Edna May (Brinkley) Claypole. He was united in marriage to Doris Lucille Calvert of Richmond on May 29, 1952; she survives of the home.

Additional survivors include: two sons, Dale (Beth) Claypole of Dearborn and Gale (Wilma) Claypole of Orrick; two daughters, Regina (Bill) Barrett of Independence and Tanya (Norman) Dorton of Orrick; two sisters, Sarah Fulte and Dorothy Sue (Bob) Lee, both of Orrick; brother-in-law, Donnie Hightower of Excelsior Springs; 8 grandchildren: Jeremy (Bonnie) Barrett, Timmy Herron, Andrea Mathews, Megan (Eric) Shepard, Nathan (Charmaine) Claypole, Kyle (Samantha) Dorton, Mackenzie (Jerald) Pemberton, and Scott (Grace) Dorton; and 20 great-grandchildren: Christian and Peyton Herron, Riley and Payton Mathews, Caitlin, Candiace, and Josie Claypole, Sophie Clevenger, Gannon and Gibson Shepard, Zayne Kaat, Cholee Pemberton, Morrison Crilly, Klayton, Nelson, and Lincoln Barrett, Malachi, Matthew, and Dominic Dorton, and Addie Dorton.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Danny and Jimmy Claypole, and one sister, Judy Hightower.
Robert was reared and educated in Orrick and graduated from the Orrick High School in 1951. After high school, he proudly served his country in the United States Army, during the Korean Conflict. After the war, he returned to Orrick, where he worked as a delivery truck driver for Wheeling Corrugated Steel in Lenexa, KS, for 45 years, until he retired. Robert belonged to the American Legion, a lifetime member of the VFW, and past president of the Orrick Lion’s Club. He enjoyed wood working, crafts, fishing, and his grandkids.

The family suggest memorial contributions be made to either the Ray County Veterans or Shirkey Hospice. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East main – P. O. Box 190, Richmond, 64085.

Visitation with funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, with visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M., with services to follow at 11:00 A.M. Burial will be in Richmond Memory Gardens, with full military honors provided by the United States Army and the Ray County Veterans. Please share your memories of Robert by visiting