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Roy Eugene Kabler

10/07/1931 - 11/11/2023


Obituary For Roy Eugene Kabler

Roy Eugene Kabler, 92, of Sedalia, MO, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia, MO. He was born on October 7, 1931, in Sedalia, the son of Frank M. Kabler and Alma (Shull) Kabler, who preceded him in death.

On July 17, 1971, in Sedalia, MO, he was united in marriage to Norma Jean Wilcox Smith, who resides in the home. From this union, they raised two children, Michael and Vicky Smith.

Roy served his country honorably in the United States Army from July 24, 1952, until June 23, 1954, during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the DAV and Sedalia American Legion Post #16. He also worked for Sedalia Neon and Sedalia School District #200. He retired in 1998.

He loved working in his yard, spending time with his family, and hanging out at Hardee's, drinking coffee with his group of friends.

In addition to his wife, Roy is survived by a daughter, Vicky Riley (Tim) of Sedalia; three grandchildren, Melissa Viebrock, Lindsay Ream (Mark), and Josh Riley; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren, and a daughter-in-law, Kathy Smith.

In addition to his parents and his first wife, Connie Sue (Shoemaker) Kabler, Roy was preceded in death by three siblings, Joe Kabler, Betty Sublett, and Donald Lee Kabler; a son, Michael Smith, and a grandson, Kevin Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at Broadway Baptist Church, with Dr. Nicholas Gray officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia.

The burial will be at Highland Sacred Gardens, Sedalia, MO, with full military honors conducted by the Sedalia VFW Post #2591 and the United States Army.

Pallbearers will be Tim Riley, Josh Riley, Mark Ream, Joe Forsee, Kevin Staus, and Allen Sublett.

Honorary bearers will be George Bradford and James Jackson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadway Baptist Church in the care of Rea Funeral Chapel.


15 Nov


06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Rea Funeral Chapel 1001 S Limit Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
16 Nov

Funeral Service

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Broadway Baptist Church 2119 E. Broadway Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
16 Nov


11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Highland Sacred Garden 3600 E 28th St Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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Roy Kabler Video Tribute


  • 11/15/2023

    Roy was one of the nicest men I ever met. He would do anything to help you and always ready to talk. He will be missed by a lot of students and parents who had the pleasure of knowing him. ❤️

  • 11/15/2023

    I met Roy while working my first job. I was given the task of learning a regular customers name and remembering it when they came in the next time. I remember asking him what his name was and he gave me a look of confusion. (After all it was only a small coffee and he wouldn't need to wait for that.) A few days passed and then he came back. I remember greeting him," Good morning Roy, getting the usual?" The look of excitement and giant wave from across the lobby was well worth the initial awkward encounter. From there a friendship started. Not shortly after Roy learned my name, learned who my family was and me his. We talked about upcoming plans and I even shared new about expecting my first child. When I moved away he continued to ask my family how I was doing. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. His bright small and giant waves will be forever missed in many lives. I gained a friend all within the few minutes every day it took to pour a cup of coffee. The look of excitement he gave always stayed with me.

  • 11/14/2023

    Norma, My prayers and thoughts for comfort are with you and your family during this time of loss. Mary DeHaven (Mosier)

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