|Birth: ||Apr. 9, 1894|
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 1938|
Deputy Slain at Richmond
W.A. Lowrance Former Carroll Countian Kills Ray County Sheriff.
Odus Sisk deputy sheriff of Ray county was shot and killed Saturday evening by W.A. Lowrance, a gunsmith of Richmond, as he went to the latter's home to serve papers on him. The warrant was sworn out by Gayliss Parks 26 years of age, housekeeper for Lowrance, charging her employer with striking her and her six year old daughter earlier in the afternoon.
At 6:30 o'clock Sisk, W.J. Perdue, sheriff of Ray county and Charles Armour, city Marshal of Richmond went to the Lowrance home. They were met at the door by Lowrance who carried a shot gun in his hands, aimed at the officers heads. Sisk grabbed the muzzle, shoving the gun down about a foot. Lowrance fired, striking Sisk under the heart which caused instant death. As he fell to the porch, Armour shot at Lowrance wounding him but not fatally.
Armour and Sheriff Perdue then ran for shelter from the gunsmiths shots, to the sides of the house and called to neighbors for them to summon other officers.
A member of the sheriff's staff soon arrived with a tear gas gun, which seemed to have no effect in removing Lowrance from the building. The reason being that he had crept from the house onto the back porch, hiding while he received enough fresh air to counteract the effects of the gas.
Arthur Elliott, Ray county assessor, accompanied by Matthew Waller and Bud Winders of Richmond dashed to the front porch horrifying the hundreds of on-lookers and carried the body of Sisk from the porch, as there was danger of the house burning, after several blazing brands of gasoline-soaked rags had been hurled at it.
John Bryce, who had previously obtained a charge of dynamite but failed to use it, then ran to the front porch with a shotgun unloaded, in his hand, and kicked open the door. Several men then rushed in and as John Denton a night watchman of Richmond spied Lowrance crunched behind a bookcase fired a shot that took the gunsmith's life.
The body was taken to the Brothers Funeral Home where funeral services were held Monday morning at 10:00 o'clock. Burial was made in Wakenda cemetery.
Mr. Lowrance resided in Carroll county for many years and was well known here. It is believed that he had been failing both physically and mentally for the past several months and was probably somewhat unbalanced at the time of the killing.
Funeral of Odus Sisk
Funeral services in memory of Odus Sisk were held Monday afternoon at the Christian church in Excelsior Springs conducted by the Rev. Edmund C. Miller, assisted by the Rev. Rupert L. McCanon and Elder Leon Clevenger.
Mr. Sisk was born near New Garden church in Ray county, April 9th, 1894 and died on his 44th birthday. He was the son of James H. and Mary Alice (McGuire) Sisk and was the oldest of eleven children.
He was married in Richmond Nov. 1, 1936 to Miss Myra Clevenger. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Edmund C. Miller but had been kept a secret until made known Saturday night, by Mrs. Sisk after her husband's death.
Mr. Sisk was a man of pleasing personality and numbered his friends by his acquaintances. He was a Mason, an active member of the Richmond Kiwanis club, a world-War veteran, a successful business man and had been first deputy to Sheriff Perdue since June 1935.
Burial was in the Masonic cemetery at Excelsior Springs.
Unknown newspaper, April 9, 1938
Almyra Burns Clevenger Sisk (1892 - 1984)*
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Thank you for your service both as a service veteran and a law enforcement officer.|
Added: Mar. 12, 2014
Rest in peace, with love|
Added: Jul. 21, 2013
Mary Jane Sisk
Added: Feb. 11, 2012