Leslie "Les" Horstmann

May 27, 1921November 22, 2018

Leslie “Les” Horstmann, 97, Kansas City, passed away Nov. 22, 2018 at his home.

Visitation is Monday, Nov. 26 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO, with funeral at 1:00 PM. Burial to follow, with military honors, at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Gladstone, MO.

Les was born May 27, 1921 in O’Brien County, IA to George and Elsie Mae Horstmann. After high school, he moved to Kansas City to attend Midland Radio School. There he met Mabel Elliott and the two were married April 4, 1942. In 1944, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1944 and served during World War II. He was a reservation manager for Braniff Airlines, built houses, and was the owner of Tot Togs at the Antioch Center. He enjoyed amateur radio, baseball, fishing and volunteering at the Earnest Shepherd Youth Center in Liberty.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife Mabel; daughter Sandra Dalman; siblings Elden Horstmann, Elaine Nitz, and Delores Ginger. Survivors include his daughter Anita (Jim) Schiller; granddaughters Darlene (Tim) Falter and Geary Beth (David) Ruckel; five great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Shepherd’s Center, 4805 NE Antioch Road, Suite 9, Kansas City, MO 64119.


  • Anita (Jim) Schiller, Daughter
  • Darlene (Tim) Falter, Granddaughter
  • Geary Beth (David) Ruckel, Granddaughter
  • Five Great-Grandchildren
    Five Great-Great-Grandchildren
    and numerous other family and friends

  • Shepherd's Center of the Northland


  • Visitation Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, November 26, 2018

Leslie "Les" Horstmann

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Sheila Bruns

November 27, 2018

My sincere condolences on behalf of the Earnest Shepherd Youth Center and staff. Les is a legend around here. I had the honor of meeting him in the 1990’s and was told , ‘Les, was the go-to man for things we needed made of wood (master carpenter), small jobs, and sound advice.’ Les loved helping the Youth Center create a safe and fun place for area youth. Les was a kind and thoughtful man. Current volunteers have thankfully picked up ‘his torch’ of service, so they in a sense stand on his shoulders of continued generosity and love of community. Thank you for sharing your father and grandfather with us for so many years!!!

Regina OBrien

November 23, 2018

Mr Horstmann was my father's best friend and a second dad to me. He was always so kind and loving towards me. After my dad died he stepped up and helped my mom with a food ministry that my mom and dad had started several years before. Mr Horstmann always had a smile and a story to share. He was an extremely important part of my childhood and I will always cherish the memories I have.