Marching Mizzou member Sean Radcliff remembered for friendly nature

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 3:50 p.m. CDT; updated 4:21 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sean E. Radcliff "never met a stranger in his life," friends said. He was always friendly, welcoming and talkative.

Mr. Radcliff, 20, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. He died of injuries sustained in a car accident on his way home from visiting a friend in San Antonio.

He was born March 27, 1991, in Farmington.

Mr. Radcliff, along with his friends Jeremy Porter and Ryan Iadanza, was visiting his Phi Mu Alpha brother, Gunnar Grantham, to see him graduate from basic training.

Porter also died in the accident, and Iadanza survived.

Mr. Radcliff was described by friends Ryan Gavin, Elliot Naes and Katelyn Amen as outgoing. Gavin also described Mr. Radcliff as having a big heart and always welcoming to those around him.

Mr. Radcliff was a music major at MU and was involved in Marching Mizzou and Phi Mu Alpha. Amen, his alto saxophone section leader in Marching Mizzou, said he was very passionate about playing and playing well. He often challenged other band members to be better than they thought they could be, she said.

Mr. Radcliff was also a member of the Ste. Genevieve Municipal Band.

Mr. Radcliff is survived by his father, William Radcliff of Ste. Genevieve; his mother, Melinda Kepmer of Bloomsdale; two brothers, Josh Radcliff of Ste. Genevieve and Jacob Kamadulski of Bloomsdale; and a grandmother, Della "Sis" Kemper of Bloomsdale.

His grandmother, Arlene Radcliff, and grandfather, Raymond J. Kemper, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Basler Funeral Home, 685 Center Drive, in Ste. Genevieve. Services will be held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials contributions may be made to the Sean Radcliff Memorial Fund in care of Bank of Bloomsdale, 55 Mill Hill Road, Bloomsdale, MO, 63627. 

Marching Mizzou plans to honor Radcliff and Porter in the first halftime show of the season. Phi Mu Alpha brothers have said they will probably create scholarships in honor of the men.

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