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Don Ivan Leslie

September 1, 1938 ~ June 17, 2017 (age 78)

Don Ivan Leslie


            Don Ivan Leslie, 78 years old, of Milan, Missouri, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

            Don was born September 1, 1938 in Milan to Robert “Bob” and Margaret (Payne) Leslie. On June 6, 1962 he married Patricia Roberts and four children were born to this marriage. On August 12, 1980 he married Mary Kathryn (Wyant) Leslie, she preceded him in death on April 28, 2013.

            Survivors include: four children, Donna Crawford and husband Johnny of Rowlett, Texas, Dawn Elaine Sexton and husband Doug of Rowlett, Texas, Billie Lanham and husband Edward of Glenwood, Missouri, and Don Ivan Leslie, Jr. of Farmington, Missouri; a step daughter, Lisa Cooley of Milan; eight grandchildren, Joshua Crawford, Rebekka Crawford, Molly Crawford, Staci Williams and husband Aaron,  Kelli Sexton, Lucas Lanham, Allie Lanham, and Ryan Wyant; three great grandchildren Galaxy Williams, Orion Williams, and Oakley Wyant; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Mary; two brothers, Russell Leslie and John Leslie, and one sister, Billie June McConkey.

            Don grew up in Milan. He then moved to Charles City, Iowa where he was a diesel mechanic and drove a truck. After moving back to Milan, he worked as a police officer for the city of Milan, and then he welded at Kewanne in Kirksville, Missouri for many years and farmed. Don loved riding horses, watching westerns, playing cards, and tinkering with lawn mowers. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

            Funeral services for Don will be held 2:00 PM, Monday, June 19, 2017 at Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Milan. A visitation is scheduled for one hour prior to the service, starting at 1:00 PM.

            Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Kidney Foundation.

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