Larry G. Leslie, 73, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019. A Memorial Service is scheduled from 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 31st, 2019 at the Lee’s Summit VFW, Post 5789 at 329 SE Douglas, in downtown Lee’s Summit MO.
Larry was born on March 14, 1945 in Garden City, Missouri to Wayne and Opal Leslie. During his junior year of high school he moved with his parents and younger sister to Harrisonville, where he later graduated. After high school, Larry moved to Warrensburg, MO to attend Central Missouri State where he studied commercial art. It was during this time he met his wife, Jeanette as a fellow classmate.
After college, Larry and Jeanette moved to Harrisonville to set up a sign business that would last for the next forty years. During his career, Larry designed and painted signs all over the Central region of Missouri and Kansas. His signs can still be seen today scattered throughout the local landscape.
Along with his love for art and sign painting, Larry was a lifelong baseball fan where he learned good sportsmanship, fairness, and the importance of always sharing a laugh while taking life in stride. Larry’s memorial date was determined to coincide with MLB opening weekend. We invite those who knew and loved Larry to come and enjoy a good story, share some food and libation and enjoy the beginning of another season. Baseball jerseys are appropriate if desired.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Wayne A. Leslie; mother, Opal C. Leslie; and one brother, Maurice W. Leslie.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jeanette A. (Schroeder) Leslie; his daughter, Merredeth L. Viker; his son-in-law, Elliot B. Viker; and his granddaughter, Muirenn Leslie Viker.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on behalf of a memorial park bench that will be placed in his honor at Harris Park in Lee’s Summit, MO.