Richard Wayne Billings, 70, of Gorin, died Monday, October 17, 2016 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.
He was born the son of Ross “Shorty” and Stella Margaret (Davis) Billings on August 23, 1946 on a hill in Scotland County.
Richard graduated from Wyaconda C-1 High School. He joined the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant, before being discharged in 1972.
He married the former Beverly Marie Hicks on May 28, 1988 in Kirksville. She survives.
Richard worked as a machine operator at Metzler Automotive in Keokuk. He was member of the United Steel Workers #444. Upon retirement, he devoted his time to farming.
He was a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Bible Grove Saddle Club.
Richard had a special interest in cattle, AC tractors, and his dog Ruby. He was fond of his horses, cows, and dogs. He always looked forward to reading the NEMO Trader when it came out. Richard especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Tom Billings; and a step son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Cindy Van Hoozen.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of the home; his children, Lesia (Rick) Hunziker and Les (Erin) Billings of Kahoka and Kimberly (Kevin) Carr of Warsaw, IL; step children, Jennifer (Troy) Esser and Shawna Stone and special friend, Bubba Hauk, of Memphis; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Raelynn, Logan, Lauren, Vince, Garrett, Wyatt, Clint, Laura (Craig), and Trent (Amber); step grandchildren, Nichole (Jimmy), Caleb, John, Whitney, Emma, Grace, Phillip, Katie (Colton), Mason, Kenny, Jaycen, Heather (David), Carrissa (John), Nakiya, Kody and Kaleb; 22 step great grandchildren; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services will be at noon on Thursday, October 20, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Shawn McAfee, pastor of the Peaksville Christian Church, officiating. Les Billings, Rick Hunziker, Kevin Carr, Gary Nolt, John Morris and Michael Billings will serve as pallbearers. Fred Bass, Boot Bass, Kenny Dieterich, Dick Pruitt, and Mike Clark are honorary pallbearers. Burial will follow in the Etna Cemetery.
Military rites will be performed by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.
Visitation is prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, at Gerth Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Scotland County Cancer Fund or the Clark County Local Cancer Fund.