Leo F. Teel U.S. Veteran

December 26, 1923 - July 11, 2013

Leo F. Teel, 89, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Boone Hospital Center. Mr. Teel was born December 26, 1923, at his home in Higbee, Missouri, to Willard and Fratie Teel. He was married to Zeda O. Shern on June 6, 1950. Leo Teel graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1943 and served in the Army during World War II from 1946-1948 in Ft. Ord, California and Ft. Bliss, Texas. He was a retired Lieutenant of the Fire Department for 39 years and was President of the Columbia Fire Local Union for six years. He also owned his own insulation business for 30 years. He was a Charter member of Bethany Baptist Church and was a chairman of the Deacons. He was an active member of the Elks Lodge #594, American Legion Post, VFW Post, Sunrise Optimist Club, Good Ole Boys, Boone County Fair since 1970 and a Member Emeritus since 1999. He served in all capacities with the Fair Board and was the Grand Marshall for the Boone County Fair Parade. He served as Marshall for the Memorial Day Parade, Ringmaster of the Boone County Fair Horse Show, and was active in putting together the Memorial Day activities. He was also 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 his two children, Diane (Herman) Page of the Lake of the Ozarks and David (Cindy) Teel of Columbia; two siblings, Shirley (Doug Oxenhardt) Sapp of Sunrise Beach and Joe (Aggie Blazevich) Teel of Columbia; and two grandsons, Ryan Teel of Marshall and Travis Page of St. Louis. He was preceded in death by his wife, Zeda Teel; parents, Willard and Fratie Teel; and two brothers, Carson and Harold Teel. Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home on Sunday, July 14 from 4-7:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 15 at 11:00 a.m. with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the 10-33 Benevolent Fund or the Sunrise Optimist Club. Online condolences may be left at

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