Lester L. Leaton, 76, of Sedalia, died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at University Hospital in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 8, at Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home in Sedalia. Rev. Donald Allcorn will officiate. Pallbearers will be Russell Leaton Jr., Michael Schuering, James Henzlic, Steve Hollowell, Lloyd Harvey and Grant Hollowell. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.
Born Oct. 6, 1928, in Longwood, he was the son of the late Samuel Earl and Mildred White Leaton. On Sept. 11, 1950, he married Charlotte Norton Leaton, who preceded him in death May 31, 1995. On Aug. 26, 1998, in Sedalia, he married Ilene Homan Wolf Leaton, who survives of the home. He had been a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, American Chemical Society, Hopeful Investment Club and the Optimist. He attended First Christian Church in Sedalia. In 1946 he graduated from Knob Noster High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving until 1948 with an honorable discharge. He attended Central Missouri State University from 1948 to 1951, then taught high school in New Haven, DeSoto and Rolla. He attended graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis, where he received masters degrees in education and nuclear chemistry. From 1964 to 1990 he was professor of chemistry at Southeast Missouri State University. He served in the National Guard from 1951 until 1970, entering as a 2nd lieutenant and leaving with an honorable discharge as a major. During this time he served at Battery Headquarters in Jefferson City and with the 138th Artillery in St. Louis. His hobbies included fishing and gardening. He supported the science fair at Southeast Missouri State University.
Additional survivors include one son, Gary Leaton of Butler; one stepson, David Wolf of Sedalia; one stepdaughter, Tammy Hollowell of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Russell Leaton of Laurie; one aunt, Lucile Wheeler of Sedalia; and four stepgrandchildren, Grant Hollowell, Kelsey Hollowell, Zach Wolf and Kami Wolf.
Additional information provided per family recompense.