Remembering Those Who
Have Gone Before Us

Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Our Condolences

Michael Lee Freels

01/03/1968 - 12/01/2022


Obituary For Michael Lee Freels

Michael Lee Freels, 54, of Sedalia, MO passed away December 1, 2022, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. He was born on Jan 3, 1968, in Moberly, MO the son of Roger F. Freels and Jessie B. (Massey) Freels.

Michael grew up and graduated in Madison, MO. He attended college at Northeast Missouri State in Kirksville, MO. He was a die-hard Star Trek fan and had a fascination and appreciation for Outer Space. We believe if he could have gone to space, he would have. One of the highlights of his life was a 2006 family vacation to Cocoa Beach, FL, in which he got to take his children through the NASA museum and witness the Launching of the US Discovery from Cape Canaveral. Apart from Star Trek Michael enjoyed movies of all kinds, from Science-Fiction to Superhero movies, and even the occasional “Rom-Com.” Michael was a self-proclaimed “history buff” and he knew a little something about pretty much everything, which he loved to show off in a good game of Trivia. He was interested in archeology and dinosaurs, much like one of the main characters on one of his all-time favorite shows, Friends. He had even always dreamed of someday going on a dinosaur dig. Additionally, he enjoyed fishing, cooking, playing piano and gardening. Michael was a friend to all and a loving father to his children, including his two dogs, Dot and Dozer.

Michael became a man of many trades over his lifetime, starting from humble beginnings on the family farm he later worked his way through a variety of jobs in the medical field, followed by a few different office jobs before he found his place at Sacred Heart, which became his second home over the 15 years he spent there as the Head of Maintenance, and really everyone’s “go-to-man.” Throughout his time at Sacred Heart in addition to working hard and keeping the school running smoothly, “Mr. Mike” made many dear friends in the faculty and staff, as well as the students and families of the school community.

Michael is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Freels, Katherine Freels; mother of his children, Debbie Freels; life partner, Sean Burney; five siblings, Alta Nielsen (Bob), James Freels (Michelle), Patricia Freels, Janice Hurt (Todd), Roger Freels Jr. (Tina); many nieces and nephews; his two dogs, Dot, and Dozer.

A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, December 7th, at St. Vincent de Paul Sacred Heart Chapel in Sedalia, with Deacon Turf Martin officiating. Services will begin with Praying of the Holy Rosary at 10:30 a.m., followed by visitation at 11:00 a.m. Rite of Christian Burial/ Celebration of Life will begin at 12:00 p.m. Following the services lunch will be served in the basement of St. Patrick’s Church.

The services will be on Facebook Live feed tomorrow at 12 N CST for those that are unable to be with us during Michael Celebration of Life and can also be viewed later if unable to watch at 12 p.m. So if you copy and paste the above URL into your search bar it will bring up the page. Just Follow and Like St Vincent de Paul and you can even set up to get a notification of when service starts. I have been told that you will be able to watch later if needed.


7 Dec


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Vincent De Paul, Sacred Heart Church 421 West Third Street Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
7 Dec


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

St. Vincent De Paul, Sacred Heart Church 421 West Third Street Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
7 Dec

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

St. Vincent De Paul, Sacred Heart Church 421 West Third Street Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

Photos & Video

Video Tribute

Add New Photos & Video


  • 12/06/2022

    Fond memories of Mike while we attended school together in Madison. Good times. Thoughts to all of his family at this time. Julie (Goode) Herrin

  • 12/04/2022

    Michael was many things to me - baby brother, the kid who was still at home when I went off to college and joined the Air Force, and husband to a wonderful wife and father to two beautiful daughters. I will never forget how frightened he was of the Abominable Snowman the first time he watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. One of many memories of a cute kid. He was such a sweet baby who grew up to be a kind and gentle man. Love you, Mikey. You will always be in my heart.

  • 12/04/2022

    Prayers for you and your family. Godspeed. RIP, Cuz🙏

  • 12/03/2022

    Elizabeth and Katherine, I am so sorry about you losing your dad! He was always so nice to me and we had some great conversations. Hugs and prayers for both of you and your mom! If you need me for anything, you'll have my email! Love from an old teacher!!❤❤❤ Edie Taylor Knox


  • Peace & Serenity Dishgarden

    Janice Hurt sent Peace & Serenity Dishgarden for Michael Lee Freels - December 04, 2022

    We will miss you with all our hearts. From your Oregon Family - Todd and Jan Freels Hurt, Jordan Hurt and Shane, Eddie and Stephanie Roberts, Claire and Aaron Roberts.

Add a Candle

Click a candle below to add a candle to your message.

⚠ A valid Florist One AffiliateID is required for the Florist One Flower Delivery plugin to work!


Rea Funeral Chapel showcases local obituaries for those who have recently passed away in the Sedalia, MO, area. Condolences and media uploads will be visible only after they have been approved.

Would you like an obituary to appear on our website?
Contact us with any questions.

We are here to help during your time of need.
For more information about our funeral services, please contact us today!