Buford Cecil Orear
Buford Cecil Orear, age 85 of Hume, Missouri died Saturday, June 15, 2019 at St. Luke’s East in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He was born December 23, 1933 to Floyd Earl and Margaret Louise Schooley Orear in Bates County, Missouri.
Buford, known as “Gampers” to his grandchildren, was a lifelong resident of Hume where he attended school. On April 23, 1960 he was united in marriage to Lorinda Daniel and to this union two sons were born. Buford was a farmer his entire life, farming row crop and raising cattle. He was a member of the Ft. Scott, Kansas Church of Christ.
Buford, like many of his generation, was a hard worker. He believed in an honest day’s work and a simple non-materialistic lifestyle. Some of his overalls were held together by bailing twine, but he showed us by his example of what a hard work ethic is all about. He was very mechanically inclined and could fix or weld about anything. He was knowledgeable and had wisdom on numerous topics. For someone who didn’t have a college degree, he was asked for advice by many people who just wanted God given wisdom and common sense.
In the late 60’s and early 70’s he enjoyed competing in tractor pulls. After his sons were old enough, he gave up tractor pulling and went to taking his family to the lake for water skiing and later his granddaughters on his house boat. He was on the Hume School Board for a numer of years and was always at his sons’ and granddaughters’ basketball games.
Buford was quite the prankster and always ornery. He was fun loving and liked to joke around and give everyone a hard time. He could dish it out jokingly and take all the joking with the best of them. He had lots of funny stories of his life’s escapades over his lifetime. Everyone liked to be around him and listen to his stories. He had that magnetic personality that made you smile and enjoy just being around him. He pretended to dislike Christmas, but he actually loved the Holiday season. One could often find him sitting in his lazy-boy watching westerns.
Buford is survived by two sons, Shawn Orear and wife Angelena and Stacy Orear, all of Hume, Missouri; two granddaughters, Kayla Orear and Katie Pruitt and husband Eric; one great-granddaughter on the way, Lorinda Lynn Pruitt; and Gamper’s dog, Dally. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lorinda in January of 2016; and one sister, Nina Clark.
Funeral services were 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Burial in Salem Cemetery, Foster, Missouri. Contributions to Lorinda Orear Memorial Fund. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.