Lowell Leslie Hesterlee

12/06/1926 – 06/19/2019

Obituary for Lowell Leslie Hesterlee

Lowell Leslie Hesterlee, 92, resident of Sedalia, MO, since 1964, passed away Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at Fair View Nursing Home in Sedalia. He was born on December 6, 1926 in St. John, KS the son of Leslie and Dora (Daniel) Hesterlee, who preceded him in death.

On January 25, 1953 in Waco, KS, he was united in marriage to Grace Lamoine Eakins, who reside in the home.

Lowell retired from American Electric after 42 years. He was interested in old cars and was a founding member of the West Central Missouri Vintage Auto Club. He was a member of Broadway Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon. He recently celebrated his 65th year as a member of the Masonic Lodge, where he was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Wichita Scottish Rite. He served his country honorably in the Merchant Marines and U.S. Army. Lowell enjoyed tinkering with cars, hot rods, and especially loved spending time with his family and friends.

Besides his wife of sixty-six years, survivors include three sons, Gevan Hesterlee of Seattle, WA, Brian Hesterlee of Barnett, MO, and Brent Hesterlee (Rachelle) of Lenexa, KS; five grandchildren, Erica Eisenmenger (Brendan), Jordon Robertson (Scott), Melaina Hesterlee, Madalyn Hesterlee, and Joseph Hesterlee; and four great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynne Lamoine Hesterlee Furnell.

Funeral services will be held at11:00 am, Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia, MO with Rev. Rob Hughes, officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral chapel.

Burial will be at Crown Hill, Sedalia, MO with full military honors provided by the U.S. Army and VFW Post 2591.

Pallbearers will be Gevan Hesterlee, Joseph Hesterlee, Bob Vaughan, Scott Bradberry, Darrin May, Dick Culver, Rod Boone, and Dave Williams.

Honorary bearers will be all current and past members of West Central Missouri Vintage Automobile Club, Terry Storts, John Eakins, and John Kehde.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels or Broadway Presbyterian Church in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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I well know there is little that can be done or said during times like this to lessen the loss and sorrow you feel … just know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss. Take care!
– Ed Hesterlee
I met Lowell thru the car club and cruise nights. I’m very sorry for your families loss.
– Phil Brown
I am so thankful to have know your family. When we became your next door neighbors 50 years ago who knew how close our families would become. Your mom is so loving and fun. The van driver to the lake with lots of kids, mostly neighborhood kids. Your dad with that hat on his head and a cigar in his mouth. He always had something to say to you. I respected him so much. I also remember his El Caminos…and of course him working on his cars. He would always be Mr. Hesterlee to me. I know your dad and my dad are already talking over our backyard fence. He was a great man and will be missed. Sending much love to you all.
– Robbin Everett
Condolences to the family of Lowell Hesterlee, on the loss of this great man. I did not get to know him well, but enjoyed knowing him in his later years. He and Grace graciously opened their home to me when I needed a place to stay in Sedalia. They welcomed me like family. You are in my thoughts, Grace, Gevan, Brian, Brent, Joseph, Madalyn, and Melaina. He will be missed by many.
– Shauna Smith
Grace, My sincere condolences to you on the loss of Lowell. I really enjoyed the company of you and Lowell at the church in Sedalia and remember you both fondly. My love goes out to you.
– Joanne Gardner
Gevan, sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.
– Chuck Leftwich
“Uncle” was a great influence on us all , Gevan, Brian, Brent Aunt Grace, I love you all and you all are in my thoughts and prayors.
– John Eakins
Brian, Gevan and Brent, your family will be in our thoughts a prayers. I remember watching him work on the old car in the garage many times. I also remember those countless hours of scraping with a propane torch when he was preparing to paint your house, way back in the 70’s.He was a great man, father and husband. He will always be remembered and never forgotten. Godspeed.
– Ben Harris

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