Saturday, June 11, 2011
Johnnie Richey, project engineer for Allgeier Martin, tornado victim
Johnnie Ray Richey, age 52, Joplin, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in the tornado.
Johnnie was born October 7, 1958 in Webb City, Missouri, son of the late Ernie “Cork” Richey, and Joyce Mosher Richey of Joplin. Johnnie graduated from Webb City High School and attended MSSU. He has worked for Allgeier Martin and Associates for over 30 years and was currently a project engineer. He was an active member of the Joplin Elks Lodge #501 where he was a Trustee. He enjoyed volunteering his time with the youth at both Carl Richards locations, and worked with Habitat for Humanity. He was also attended St. James United Methodist Church.
In addition to his mother, Johnnie is survived by a son, SSgt. Adam Richey and wife Raygen of Jacksonville, North Carolina; a grandson, Griffin Ray Richey; sister, Kerri Simms and husband Don of Farmington, Missouri; nieces and nephews, Kelsey Smith of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Tara Simms of Farmington, Justin Simms, Jordan Simms, and Jesse Simms all of Festus, Missouri; several aunts and uncles and cousins, and his faithful canine companion, Sugar.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in Parker Mortuary Chapel. Interment followed in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with Terry McCullum, Bill Dutton, Kevin Keys, Jeremy Clark, Glen Davidson, and Chris Erisman serving as pallbearers.