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Sell, Leon

Sell, Leon

August 28, 1932 — June 19, 2020

Leon Sell passed away peacefully on June 19, 2020. He was born August 28, 1932, to W. Leon and Marguerite Sell of Independence, MO. He graduated from Wm. Chrisman High School and served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He married his high school sweetheart, Martha Lou Winter, and enjoyed 29 years of marriage until her death in 1978. Leon was an Eagle Scout and member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He later served as a Cub Master and Scout Leader. Leon married Phyllis Crabaugh in 1981. He retired age 60 from RCA/GE Consumer Electronics. Leon was a member of Ararat Shrine, was an Oket in the Order of Quetzalcoatl and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters.

Along with his parents and Martha Lou, Leon was preceded in death by his brother. Don Sell. He leaves his wife, Phyllis; three children: Sheryl Odgers (Greg), Larry Sell (Michelle) and Deanna Lowe (Bill); 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. His extended family includes Mitch, Dean and Keith Crabaugh and two step-granddaughters. He also leaves a niece, Donna Nichols and nephew, Gary Sell.

Visitation will be held from 10-11:30 am Saturday, June 27, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO. A graveside Rose ceremony by the Royal Order of Jesters and military honors will follow at 12 noon at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Gregory at Blue Ridge, Raytown, MO. Due to COVID requirements, please wear masks at both events. The family requests no flowers and suggests memorial contributions to the Ararat Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129.

Service Information

Visitation will be held from 10-11:30 am Saturday, June 27, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO. A graveside Rose ceremony by the Royal Order of Jesters and military honors will follow at 12 noon at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Gregory at Blue Ridge, Raytown, MO. Due to COVID requirements, please wear masks at both events. The family requests no flowers and suggests memorial contributions to the Ararat Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Leon's father and my father Kenneth were brothers. Memories of earlier days with our grandparents Laura and Elbert were great times. I will miss my cousin Leon. Phyllis and all of Leon's beautiful family know that we care. Janice

Joe and Janice Sell Chambers

Oh the wonderful memories we cherish with Leon and Phyllis! The times at their lake house, the week on our sailboat in the Caribbean, patio parties and hanging out with Leon drinking a Cold Budweiser. I’ll miss his email jokes and magic tricks. His dry wit and funny one-liners. He lived well and gave my sister, Phyllis, the happiest days of her life. He said he would “spoil” her and he did. Thank you Leon. You were the bestest Brother-in-Law in the world! We love you and will miss you greatly, Jean and Jim

Jean and Jim Hershey

Leon was such a wonderful guy. He always had something funny to say and Ray loved sitting on the dock shooting the breeze. You were truly great lake neighbors. I will miss him.

Ray & Mary Romero

Phyllis, I am so very sorry to hear about Leon's death. He was such a caring man with a ready smile and lots of fun. Prayers and Love, Marilyn

Marilyn Alstrom

We just want to let Leon's family know how sorry we are for your loss. Leon was the classiest of men. I will always remember his sense of humor and his great smile. I am sure he will be missed by everyone that had the honor of knowing him.

Mike,Kim,Susie And Anessa Hodges

We will miss the exchange of e-mails which we have had since we first got computers. Phyllis, we are so sorry.

Wayne & Madalene Swetnam

Sending my Aunt Phyllis and Leon's family thoughts and prayers at this sad time. I remember Leon's smile and joking manner. But what I remember the most was our trip to the Ozarks where we met up with Leon and Phyllis at their lake house. Leon took Tom and me for a joy ride on his boat and, boy was it fun! Leon, and Phyllis too, had grins on their faces from ear to ear. It was a happy day for us all! That's what I will take away from knowing Leon...his smile and the joy he brought to Phyllis and so many others. With sympathy and love, Kerry and Tom Miller

Kerry Miller and Family

Deanna, I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful obituary and tribute to him. Lots of old memories came back to me. Would love to catch up sometime 913-219-3130. Dad still talks about our tee pee mishap!! Sherry

Sherry Rosanbalm Ainsworth

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