Ronald Leroy Finnell, 67, of Sedalia, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
He was born Nov. 26, 1945, in Nevada, son of Edward Lee and Genevieve Finnell. On Sept. 16, 1967, in Clinton, he married Nancy J. Delcour, who survives of the home.
Mr. Finnell worked for the Sedalia Fire Department for 46 years, retiring as assistant chief. He was the last assistant chief in Sedalia as they retired his position when he retired. He was the fire house chef. He was a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters and was instrumental in forming the Pettis County Fire Department.
He also worked for Sears for a number of years, delivering and installing appliances. He was a master carpenter and could fix anything. He remodeled the Bothwell Hotel twice. Woodworking was his favorite hobby. He worked on many projects with his friend and mentor, Les Harrell.
He loved spending time with and teaching his granddaughters. He enjoyed watching Looney Tunes cartoons and going for afternoon coffee at McDonald’s.
He served on the Red Cross board and served six years in the National Guard.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy; a son, Ron E. Finnell, and his wife, Stephanie, of Sedalia; and two granddaughters, Rachel and Kirsten Finnell, both of Sedalia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister.
Funeral services were held Aug. 6 at Heckart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Doyle Sager officiating.
Casket bearers were Steve Delesky, Joe Pangburn, Larry Newbill, Danny Bailey, Roger Waters, Mike Hawkins, Walter Clark and Ken Schlesselman.
Honorary bearers were Jack Bloess, Jerry Iuchs, Dr. Jonathon Strong, Lloyd Heisterberg, Joe Kabler, Jerry Case, and firefighters from the Sedalia Fire Department and Pettis County Fire Department.
Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions were suggested to the St. Mary’s Wound Center, in care of the funeral home.