Lester “Red” Lee McLallen, 81, of Odessa, Missouri passed away on Friday, March 25, 2022, at Riverbend Heights Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lexington, MO.
A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2022, at the Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home, 306 S. 2nd St., Odessa, MO, 64076, 816-633-5524. Interment with Military Rites will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2022, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO. Memorials are suggested to the Odessa VFW 5675 or the American Legion. Memories of Red and condolences for his family may be left at www.LedfordFamilyFH.com
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Red was born on September 2, 1940, in Trenton, MO to William Lee and Margaret Lucille (Shaney) McLallen. He graduated from Van Horn High School in Independence, MO. Red was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the 101st Airborne, Vietnam, and was a Green Berets. On June 3, 1970, he was united in marriage to Mary “Deanie” LaDean Stowell in Lee’s Summit, MO. She preceded him in death on May 6, 2016. Red was an over the road truck driver for much of his life working for various companies. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Red enjoyed playing music, singing, his guitar and fishing.
Survivors include his daughter, Vickie Lee Gunn and companion Bill Cantwell of Lexington, MO; two stepchildren, Sabra Normand and husband Curtis and Matthew Crane both of Blue Springs, MO; four grandchildren, William McLallen, James Levi Gunn, Dacoda Burns and Elizabeth Burns; six great-grandchildren, Christina, DJ, Aidan, Kinzlee, Destiny, and Jesse; and one brother, Larry Dean McLallen and wife Carolyn of Lake of the Ozarks.
Red was preceded in death by his parents and wife.