Orville”Les” Housley Jr (95) of Lee’s Summit, Mo passed away peacefully on April 1, 2023. Visitation Thursday, 9-10am, April 6 at Langsford Funeral home. Funeral services will be held graveside at 10:30 Mount Moriah Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Les’s memory to Wayside Waifs. Full obituary can be found at:
Les was born December 17, 1927 in Soldier, KS to Mary and Orville Housley. They later settled in Emporia, KS where he spent his childhood and graduated from Emporia High School.
Les entered the army before the end of WWII. He married Lois Joan Worcester in Denver, CO, his Kindergarden sweetheart, before he left for Japan. He returned and they made Kansas City their home and later in Lee’s Summit.
Les owned Royal Equipment Company in KC from 1970 until his retirement. He worked long into his 80’s.
Les enjoyed flying kites with his children and Boy Scouts with his sons. He was known to chronicle the lives of his children behind the lens of his video camera, long before it was a thing. He took his family frequently to Colorado to explore all those places he dreamed of as a child. Les and Lois bowled weekly in a bowling league in Lee’s Summit, many years before they moved to LS. He held season tickets for the Royals and KC Chiefs. Lois and Les traveled to Mexico and Europe many times. Took cruises with their close friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two siblings, Mary Schaefer and Richard Housley; and his wife Lois, of 65 years. He is survived by his children: son Phillip (Elaine) Housley of Dublin, Ohio; daughter Marilyn (Daniel) Moser of Lee’s Summit; son Alan (Marci) Housley of Boise, Idaho; and grandchildren Andrew Housley of Sacramento, CA; Brett Moser of St Louis, MO; Maegan Housley of Sacramento, CA; and Scott Moser of Phoenix, AZ. The family would especially like to thank the caregivers at John Knox Village and Village Hospice.