Leo C. Lessor
September 14, 1934 – April 8, 2019
Leo C. Lessor, 84, of Lincoln, Kansas, passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 in Liberty, Missouri. Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Lincoln United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Kansas. Inurnment will follow the service in Lincoln City Cemetery. The family request that contributions be made to the church or to Denmark Hall Association.
Leo was born September 14, 1934 in Lincoln County, Kansas to Clarence and Hulda (Andersen) Lessor. He remained a resident of Lincoln County until attending Kansas State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1956. A member of ROTC at Kansas State, he was soon inducted into the Air Force after his graduation, where he served in Morocco and Colorado. Leo was a Chemical and Nuclear Engineer, who set up, managed and inspected Power Plants, always emphasizing and focusing on safety. He worked for General Electric, Nebraska Public Power District, Analysis Management, Detroit Edison, and finally the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations before his retirement in 1995.
He always dreamed of getting back to the farm, so after his retirement, he bought the family farm and returned there to work the land. He was always mindful to plant in a way that allowed local wildlife to thrive, and a few years ago, he was recognized for his effort when he won the Lincoln County Conservation Department’s Wildlife Award. Leo loved the outdoors and all the activities that came with it. In addition to being out on his John Deer Tractor farming, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, tending, and tending to his horses. Shortly after his return to Lincoln, he got involved with the Denmark Fire Department, and was very passionate about it, working with local officials and securing a the new firehouse to house their trucks and equipment. Leo was also a family man that loved being a dad, grandpa and great-grandpa.
As a member of the Kansas State Alumni Association, Leo enjoyed following all of the Kansas State Wildcat Games, and he was also a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals. He was a member of the Lincoln United Methodist Church, where he has served on the Board of Trustees for many years. He was also President of the Denmark Hall Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister, Janice Hillyer; his brother, Ross Lessor; and 1 grandson, Roger Rohlfing.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Joleene Lessor; 3 children, Denis Lessor (Brenda), Mark Lessor (Sue) and Lori Rohlfing (Alan); 1 sister, Joana Frick; 6 grandchildren, Daniel Lessor (Erin), David Lessor (Jenae), Katherine Fackler (Nik), Ryan Lessor, Rachel Lessor and Amber Hubbs (Eric); 9 great-grandchildren; and many extended family members.
Memories and Condolences may be left at www.churcharcherpasley.com, as arrangements are under the direction of Church-Archer-Pasley Funeral Home, 119 East Franklin Street in Liberty, Missouri (816) 781-2000.
Lincoln United Methodist Church
216 N. 4th Street
Leo C. Lessor
Linda and Stan Anderson
April 15, 2019
We enjoyed visiting with you and sharing garden stuff and loved the pickles Will miss seeing Leo in the yard working.
April 15, 2019
To Joleene and family, I am sorry that you are missing Leo ..he was a neat person. Pete always like to sit and visit with Leo. My basic connection with him was through the United Methodist Church where he was a great laborer! we know that he is now with our Lord and Savior and though you will mourn him a lot, find comfort in the fact that he is in the Lord's presence and these worldly things are of no concern of Leo's anymore. Take care/rest in your faith and love your families.
April 12, 2019
Denis, Mark, Lori,
Just wanted to let you know how sorry I was to hear about your dad's passing. He always had a smile on his face when we were growing up. I sure remember him and your mom at all of the sporting events when we were in Auburn, NE. Lots of memories and time spent on the driveway shooting hoops with you guys. Your dad was a very pleasant man that was always very nice to me and my brother Dave. He will be greatly missed, you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers!