Lester Eugene Campbell

Lester Eugene Campbell, age 94, a resident of Braymer, MO, passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at Valley Manor Nursing Center in Excelsior Springs.

Lester was born on Nov. 16, 1924, in St. Clair County, Missouri, the son of Clarence and Ada (Wicks) Campbell. He was a 1943 graduate of Lowry City High School. He was united in marriage to Cornelia Williams on Feb. 14, 1959, in Independence. She preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 1998.

Lester served his country in the US Navy during World War II, from 1943 until 1946, where he received two letters of accommodation and earned seven battle stars. After being discharged from the service, he attended the University of Missouri Columbia from 1946 until 1950. Lester worked at the Leeds Chevrolet Plant in Kansas City from 1950 until 1952. His heart called him back to the farm, where he raised corn, soybeans, and cows for more than 40 years in Braymer. Lester lived a long and blessed life. He was a member of the Braymer United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Lesta Jean Campbell of Kansas City; four sisters, Gladys Babcock of Ozark, Nadine (Jim) Irvin of Clinton, Betty Sue (Kent) Thoeni of Leawood, KS, and Barb (Ron) Clevenger of Carrollton; and several nieces, nephews, and six step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cornelia of 38 years; five brothers, Jasper, Luther, Clarence, Chester and Billy; and three sisters, Goldie, Mary Jane, and Laura Maxine.

Funeral services will be held at the Braymer United Methodist Church in Braymer on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. A scheduled visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service. Friends may call at Lindley Pitts Funeral Home in Braymer on Friday, Jan. 4, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Burial will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Braymer. Memorial contributions may be made to the Braymer United Methodist Church, and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be left at www.lindleyfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Pitts Funeral Home in Braymer.

(paid obituary)

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