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Teasley, Russell Wayne

Teasley, Russell Wayne

August 31, 1933 — February 21, 2020

Russell Wayne Teasley, a resident of Raytown, MO,  died Friday, Feb. 21. He was 86.

Wayne was born August 31, 1933 in Hartwell, Mo. At the age of 2, his family moved to Moore, Okla.

He went to all 12 years of school in the same building with most of the same classmates in Moore.

He served in the Army from 1953-55 during the Korean Conflict. After service, he attended Central State College in Edmond, Okla., where he met his future wife, Melisande “Milli” Lester.

On Jan. 2, 1958 he married Melisande in Oklahoma City. He graduated with a degree in General Business from Central State College in Edmond, Okla. in 1960. They moved to Kansas City in 1966.

Wayne worked in accounting and sales for Navistar International for 32 years before retiring in 1993. In retirement, he worked for ADESA car auction and volunteered with Hope Network Pantry at Connection Point Church in Raytown.

He enjoyed working outside in his yard, tinkering with his cars, and reading. He could often be heard humming or whistling as he worked out in the garage. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Bop, Bop.”

Wayne was a true man of God, giving his life to Jesus at 33. He was a faithful member of Spring Valley Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Raytown/Connection Point for more than 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Teasley; his mother, Eunice Mosser Teasley; and his brothers, Bill and Keith Teasley. He is survived by his three sisters, Jen January, CarolynThurber and Merle Thompson; his wife of 62 years, Melisande Teasley; daughter, Shawna Arni and husband Shawn; son Chris Teasley and wife Sara; and three grandchildren, Mitch Arni, Noah Arni and Cheyanne Teasley.

In the words of his sister, Jenny, about their father, “A man’s works go on before him to the throne of God, but his influence lives on long after he leaves this world.”  Like father, like son.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 25, from 6-8 pm. Funeral will be Wednesday, February 26, at 10 am. Both will be held at Park Lawn Funeral Home.

Service Information

Russell Wayne Teasley, age 86, passed away February 21, 2020.

Funeral service will be 10AM, Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at Park Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, from 6-8PM.

Teasley, Russell Wayne's Guestbook

He will be missed! by all at ADESA sorry for your loss

Jesse Northington

Hey Mama! So very sorry about your loss! Wish we could be there!

Ashley Maupin

Sorry for your loss. Wish we could b there. . we love and miss ya

Allen L Guthrie and Ashley Maupin

We have fond memories of our old times. Wish we could be there.

Burt and Barbara Steward

Dear Sara, Chris, and Millie, Bill and I send our love to you and your entire family. We were so sorry to learn of Wayne’s passing. We love you and are keeping you close in our hearts and prayers. May God surround you with His love and give you strength to meet the days to come. Wish we were there to give and receive the comfort that comes with shared sorrow. Love, Jan and Bill

Jan and Bill Patrick

There are no words to express how sorry we are. It is so hard to lose a parent. Wayne was a kind, friendly man who always made us feel welcomed and comfortable. He will be missed here but Heaven has gained a special angel. Love you all.

Debbie and Tim Thompson

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