OBITUARY

Donald "Don" Edward Mansell

October 28, 1938April 2, 2021

Donald E. Mansell, Kearney, MO went to be with the Lord on Good Friday, April 2, 2021.

He was born in Odessa, MO on Oct. 28, 1938. He lived most of his life in the greater K.C. area. He graduated from Central High School in 1957 and in 1958 wed his high school sweetheart, Marvalee K. Williams.

He was an Army Veteran. In 1991, he retired, after 25 yrs. from KCPD as a Homicide Detective. He retired again from the Pleasant Valley PD in 2004 as Chief of Police. He was a Deputy Chief of the Lathrop, MO Police Department. He was a Reserve Detective in the Clay Co. Sheriff's Dept. Cold Case Squad. He spent a total of 54 years in Law Enforcement, finally retiring completely in 2020. He also owned Eagle Auction Service for 25 years. He was a licensed professional auctioneer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Prestina L. (Gray) and Thomas E. Mansell.

He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Marvalee; son, Michael (Connie); granddaughter, Keshia K. (Mason) Hunt; and great grandson, Ronan Z. Hunt.

The Family wishes to thank Home Care Hospice and NorthCare Hospice House for all of their assistance and support during this most difficult time, "You are a true blessing".

Det. Mansell (Ret.) will be cremated.

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Amanda Craven

April 19, 2021

Donald was a wonderful man whom I had the privilege to have known for 10+ years. His Granddaughter Keshia and I are like sisters and he and Marvalee have always welcomed me with open arms. I will always consider him like a grandfather and I'm very heartbroken that he is gone. May he rest in peace. I love you Grandpa!

Jane Fopeano

April 15, 2021

Dear Marvalee and family,
It is with great sadness that I read of Don's passing. I remember him with such fondness. I saw him mostly at Nearly New gatherings, and was always so glad to see him and have a chance to visit with him. The feeling I always felt about him was that he was such a good and decent and kind man. And those qualities matter most. I am so sorry for the sadness and loss that you and your family must suffer now. Please know that I'm thinking of you and care very much.
With love,
Janie Fopeano

Mark Seneker

April 15, 2021

I worked with Don for many years, or rather followed him around to learn how to be a good detective. Don was passionate about the job and understood it was important to give closure to the victims of the many crimes he investigated. More importantly, Don talked about Marvalee and his family often. I could tell they brought him joy. His friendships were important to him for which I am also grateful.
His record as a burglary detective at KCPD is unbeatable. For you young detectives working the burglary or homicide units take a look at Don’s record and if you want to set a goal on the job, make it to be as accomplished as Don was! There was a reason every KCPD Chief of Police knew him on sight.
His experience in homicide was a fantastic match at the Sheriff’s Office where he worked in Cold Case. One incredibly old case was truly unsolvable. So it was thought by many others, but not Don and those working the case with him. Don had a way about himself which made others feel comfortable. I will never forget the final interview in that case which I was able to watch remotely while Don and Art Chevalier (retired Chief of Police – Liberty MO) held with the killer. Don addressed the suspect calmly and explained he had something hard to talk about with her. Within minutes she told Don she would not be going home. He asked why was that? To which she said – because I killed that man in Smithville. I was amazed and for that matter so was the prosecutor who called me to his office having watched the video. Don had not even brought up the topic of the murder or where it occurred at that point in the interview. I really think that lady wanted to tell someone what she did to get it off her mind once and for all. She wanted to talk to someone she could trust which as it turned out was Don.
I have thought about Don often both since his passing and before. I will remember you brother – always… Thank you for being a role model. I know you are with Jesus now. See you later..

Keshia Hunt

April 11, 2021

My grandfather was a very special person. He was the type of man who was all about his family. Growing up, he always enjoyed teasing grandma and I whether it was a simple game of “Made you look,” at dinner or trying to convince 5 year old me that he and grandma were secretly Vulcans and Klingons. He would always call me Princess or say I was his tag-team partner and I really cherish the close relationship we had.

He taught me to always believe and have pride in myself and he was always my hero whether he was chief of police, an auctioneer, a detective, or just himself. He always believed in me whether I was trying to advance in my career, finish college, or build my family.

He had a very special relationship with my husband that I am thankful for everyday. Any time my husband would want to tinker with a new project, grandpa was who he would call. I would hear them chuckle and laugh over silly things. I will miss grandpa’s laugh.

He adored his great grandson. I can still hear him in my mind saying “Awwww, what a precious gift,” each time he would watch him play. I am so thankful that he was able to meet and know him.

I struggled with whether or not I wanted to share these memories, but I wanted to share how beautiful and amazing he was with his family. He always treated grandma like his queen and I really hope that my own relationship will always mirror the love of theirs. He was also a very supporting father and grandfather.

I love you Grandpa, and thank you for everything. We will always love and keep you in our hearts.

With love,

Keshia, Mason, & Ronan

David Starbuck

April 11, 2021

It was my honor to have served with Don on the KCPD. He was an established and legendary detective when I began my career, and I learned from working around him. Always willing to help out in any way, a great guy. My thoughts and prayers go to the Mansell family. To Don, RIP my brother.

Glen and Stacey Garton

April 8, 2021

Marvalee and family we are sending love and prayers to you all. Don will be missed by many. He was a wonderful man and a blessed friend. I know that he, my dad and Mackintyre have had a joyful reunion. Don will live in our hearts forever. We love you.

Machelle “Mickey” Olson

April 8, 2021

Don was a second father to me very loving and always watching out for me. I remember us talking about Elvis and playing cards with him, Marvalee and Mike growing up. Don and Marvalee were my parents best friends and I remember stories told from before I was born. Don and Marvalee still drove to Raytown to visit my mom after my dad passed 10 years ago and although Don could barely see the last few years he still drove all the way to Raytown with Marvalee as his copilot. I as well as my parents were blessed to have known Don and wish the family comfort and peace. God’s blessings to all. Love. Mickey and Elaine.

Shirley Brening

April 7, 2021

Don was a wonderful policeman,Detective, and Chief of police.Very devoted He was always there for me if I needed something l loved him and he always called me his little sister that always touched my heart ❤ You will always be his my heart.

Genny Rosenau

April 6, 2021

What a career Don had. Looks like he just couldn’t stop working for long.
I wonder if Don will be able to sit still in heaven.
My thoughts and prayers are with Marvalee and the family
May Don Rest In Peace.

Carolyn Johnson

April 6, 2021

My thoughts and prayers go out to you Marvalee and to you Michael on the loss of your loved one. I will be thinking of you
as you go thru this . I went thru this 19 years ago and seems
like yesterday.

FROM THE FAMILY