Juel Davis Clevenger died peacefully on August 26th at Village Care Center in Lees Summit, MO. He was born in Raytown, MO on January 30, 1933, to Jerry W. and Virginia M. (Davis) Clevenger
He was a Scout in Raytown’s Troop 145 earning the rank of Eagle. Following his graduation from Raytown High School he attended Central Missouri University where he became a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon, graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Industrial Arts.
Albert Tool & Gauge and Cook Chemical Company were Juel’s first employers before he became plant manager for Bakan Plastics in Lees Summit. In 1983 he followed his desire to become a small business owner and proudly opened Delta Lube & Diagnostic Center in Lees Summit which he operated until his retirement.
He was a gifted woodworker, building everything from small crosses to grandfather clocks. He was proud to be a Rotarian, seldom missing the weekly gathering.
Juel was a musician all of his life, playing his first “gig” with the RhythmAires for his high school’s Teen Town. He played in the outdoor band at Unity Village, the Overland Park Civic Band (50+years); the Raytown Community Band, the Independence Community Band and later the Raytown Symphonic Band. For many years he and fellow musicians enjoyed playing tunes from the 40s & 50s for local retirement centers.
Raytown continued to be the place where he and his high school sweetheart, Jackie (Flaherty) and their three sons made their home. Although he and Jackie later divorced, they remained friends, and eventually remarried. They were enjoying retirement living at John Knox Village when he became ill with (FTD) Frontotemporal Dementia.
During his stay at Village Care Center, he insisted on having the mouthpiece of his trombone close by so he could “keep up my lip”. He developed a passion for Bingo, treats at the Ice Cream Parlor, sitting in the sunshine on the patio and sharing his peanut M&Ms with visitors.
Juel was preceded in death by a son, Barry L Clevenger in 2018; and by his second wife, Nancy Firnhabber. In addition to his wife, Jackie, Juel leaves their sons, Stephen (Pattie) Clevenger and R. Clark Clevenger, siblings: Lee (Soon) Clevenger, Gene (Marilyn) Clevenger; Neal (Mitsue) Clevenger; Mark (Jenny) Clevenger, and sister, Cindy (Rick) Brittain. He also leaves former daughter-in-law Lori Clevenger, 4 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and many friends, those who enjoyed playing music with him and those who enjoyed listening.
Visitation will be held at 10am Thursday, August 31st at the First Presbyterian Church, 1625 NW O’Brien Rd in Lees Summit, followed by a celebration of Juel’s life at 11am Thursday, August 31st at the same location. Burial in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
For those who would like to express their sympathy through charity donations, the family would suggest a donation to the charity of their choice or to the Raytown Arts Council or to Kansas City Hospice.
Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Lee's Summit, MO 64081
Lee's Summit, MO 64081