Wendell Leon Kiser

Wendell Leon Kiser


Wendell Leon Kiser, 88, of Kirksville, MO, passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side on Sunday, August 6, 2023 while under hospice care.

The son of the late William Paul and Ellen Pearl (Craigmyle) Kiser, he was born March 6, 1935 in Shelbyville, MO. On August 26, 1960, Wendell was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mildred "Millie" D. McElhinney in Kirksville, MO.

Wendell is survived by his wife Millie of sixty-three years; his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Nanette Kiser of Gallatin, MO; his grandson, Taylor Kiser of Columbia, MO; a sister, Velma Miles of Liberty, MO; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Joyce and Dick Hill of Unionville, MO and Judy McElhinney of Unionville, MO; as well as many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mark Kiser; his sister, Mary (Kiser) Dodd; his three brothers, Lestal, Vincil, and Ernest Kiser; his brother-in-law, Elmer McElhinney Jr, and his parents.

Wendell was a graduate of Shelbyville High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1962. He attended Northeast Missouri State University (now known as Truman State University), receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Physics. He later attended University of Missouri and obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering. Wendell was employed with AT&T for twenty-five years, retiring in 1996, and had been formerly employed with Boeing. Having resided in various cities and states throughout his career, Wendell and his wife Millie returned to Kirksville in 2019 where their life together began.

Wendell had been a member of the Kansas City Shriner's Club since 1970, and was a Master Mason and long-time Brother of the Alpha Masonic Lodge No. 659 in North Kansas City, having served the Fraternity for over 63 years.

Wendell's wish was to be cremated and a Memorial Service to honor his life will take place Monday, August 14, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, MO. Family will receive friends on Monday for one hour before the service. Inurnment with military honors will follow the service at Maple Hills Cemetery in Kirksville.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Wendell may be made to Hospice of Northeast Missouri, and may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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