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Columbia Missourian

Leo F. Teel served his country, participated in Boone County Fair

By Rachel Swinney
July 13, 2013 | 4:42 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Leo F. Teel of Columbia died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 89.

Mr. Teel was born in Higbee to Willard and Fratie Teel on Dec. 26, 1923. He was married to Zeda O. Shern on June 6, 1950. 

Mr. Teel graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1943 and served in the Army during World War II from 1946 to 1948 in Fort Ord, Calif., and Fort Bliss, Texas.

He was a lieutenant of the fire department for 39 years and was president of the Columbia Fire Local Union for six years. He was a charter member of Bethany Baptist Church and a chairman of the deacons. He also owned his own insulation business for 30 years.

He was an active member of the Elks Lodge #594, American Legion Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars post, Sunrise Optimist Club and Good Ole Boys. He had participated in the Boone County Fair since 1970 and had been a member emeritus of the Boone County Fair Board since 1999. 

He served in all capacities with the fair board and was Grand Marshal for the Boone County Fair Parade. He also served as the marshal for the Memorial Day Parade, the ringmaster of the Boone County Fair Horse Show and was active in putting together Memorial Day activities. 

He was very active in the Democratic Party for approximately 40 years and worked for many of the candidates in various positions.

Mr. Teel is survived by a daughter, Diane Page, and her husband, Herman, of the Lake of the Ozarks; a son, David Teel, and his wife, Cindy, of Columbia; two siblings, Shirley Sapp and her husband, Doug Oxenhardt, of Sunrise Beach and Joe Teel and his wife, Aggie Blazevich, of Columbia; and two grandsons, Ryan Teel of Marshall and Travis Page of St. Louis.

His wife, Zeda Teel; his parents, Willard and Fratie Teel; and his two brothers, Carson and Harold Teel, died earlier.

Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70, on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. The service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the same address, and a graveside service will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery at noon.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the 10-33 Benevolent Fund or the Sunrise Optimist Club.

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