Survivors include his wife, Claribel, of the home; his two children, Debi Hillsman and husband, Bennie, of Schell City, Mo., and Jeff Kerrick and wife, Martha, of Pleasant Hill, Mo. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Danielle Hillsman, Jake Hillsman, Megan Boyd, and Hayley Kerrick. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Larry Kerrick and Don Kerrick; and a sister, Karlyn Hill.
The Rev. Bill Smith will conduct graveside services at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Deerfield Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1 p.m. until leaving for the cemetery at 1:45 p.m. at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.