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R. Epley Jr. Lee

April 1, 1930 — February 9, 2022

Lee R. Epley, Jr. died peacefully after a battle against cancer. He left this world as gracefully as he moved through it. His family will miss his gentle spirit and wonderful sense of humor. We will miss hearing him tell a joke, spin a tale, recite poetry, or sing a song. He grew up in Hannibal and New London, Missouri, and he went to The University of Missouri on a basketball scholarship in 1949. He was a veteran who loved his country and played basketball for the Navy all over the world. He purchased Construction Plastics, Incorporated in 1966 and served as its owner and CEO for 36 years. He had many friendships through his work as an entrepreneur and inventor. He treated his employees like family.

An avid golfer into his eighties, he made many friendships on the golf course as well. He was especially proud of hitting a hole in one on two occasions and consistently shooting his age. His golf buddies might remember fondly his lessons on the perfect chip shot or how to sink a twenty-foot putt.

A philosopher and teacher at heart, he was constantly learning and sharing his knowledge. As a strong believer in education, he generously provided educational opportunities for many. He also found many ways to gently teach his children and grandchildren. His children are grateful that he was a loving father, always available to give life advice or grab his toolbox to make a home or car repair. His grandchildren have fond memories of going out to get “flat food” (pancakes or pizza) and talking about the art of living.

Lee is survived by his wife of 65 years Lucile, children Steve Epley (spouse Debbie Epley), Rebecca Caselman (spouse Gary Caselman), Daniel Epley (spouse Joel Hoy), and Rachel Russell (spouse Michael Russell), grandchildren Adam, Alex, and Aaron Caselman, Matthew Epley, Jacob and Ellie Russell, and great-grandchildren James and Leo Caselman.  He also leaves behind three half-sisters, Connie Durrell, Jackie Bynes, and Kay Recob along with many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, February 26, 2022 with visitation from Noon - 1:00pm and a Memorial Service to follow at 1:00pm at Unity Village Chapel Activities Center, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065.  In lieu of flowers, the family would like to honor Lee’s memory by assisting his grandson, Alex, in his recovery from a severe illness.  Donations may be made through Central Band Boosters Fund for Dr. Caselman
https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=6VFRYCL4VAVZN

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Services will be held Saturday, February 26, 2022 with visitation from Noon – 1:00pm and a Memorial Service to follow at 1:00pm at Unity Village Chapel Activities Center, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065.  In lieu of flowers, the family would like to honor Lee’s memory by assisting his grandson, Alex, in his recovery from a severe illness.  Donations may be made through Central Band Boosters Fund for Dr. Caselman
https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=6VFRYCL4VAVZN

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