Richard Glenn Kell
1950 - 2020
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Richard Glenn Kell, 69, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at his home.
He was born on October 28, 1950, in Sedalia, MO, the son of the late Dorothy "Dot" Pierce Kell and Glenn "Mack" Kell Jr. and the first grandchild of Fay and Jack Pierce and Lottie and Glenn Kell Sr.
Rick attended Jefferson Elementary School and graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in 1968. He then graduated "cum laude" from (then) Central Missouri State College in 1973 with BM and BME degrees in Music Theory, Composition, voice and clarinet. He moved to New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1973. He worked in a men's clothing store in Trenton, New Jersey and played library/lounge piano at the Swan Hotel in Lambertville, New Jersey.
In 1974 he began his Master of Arts degree (MA) in vocal literature and performance at CMSU, graduating in the summer of 1975. Rick then began his 25-year tenure as the 7th and 8th grade Vocal Music Director at Sedalia Junior High/Sedalia Middle School, retiring from the position in 2000. He also began teaching private music lessons at this time for voice, piano and clarinet. He gave private lessons for 39 years.
In years past, Rick loved to travel. Some of his most memorable international trips were to London, Paris, Athens, the Greek Isles, Italy, Switzerland and Lake Como. His favorite trips in the United States were to New York City, Lake Tahoe, and most recently Orlando with his sister and niece to Walt Disney World.
Rick was a former President of the Sedalia Symphony Board. He directed/staged the musical "Mame" for Sedalia Community Theater (now LCAA) in 1980. In the mid-1990s, he was named Outstanding Educator for both Sedalia Middle School and the Sedalia School District 200. Rick was serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Sedalia Public Library at the time of his passing.
Survivors include his sister Kimberly Lori (Kell) Ciccone and husband Luke; niece Arrianna Ciccone; Aunt Joyce (Kell) Rottmann; Aunt Loriane (Pierce) Bartlett; and many cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery immediately following. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the Sedalia Public Library or a charity of the donor's choice, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be offered online at

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Published in from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 19, 2020
Family so sorry for your loss. I met Rick as a young boy when I worked with his grandmother at Wards . He was an amazing man talented and so caring. Prayers for the family.
DeLores l Janis
October 17, 2020
My condolences to Rick's Family.
John Menefee JR
October 16, 2020
This is the first person who ever took a serious interest in my love to sing. He is the reason that my first paying job was actually singing radio jingles. A great person is gone from this earth.
Gloria Brockman
October 16, 2020
I was very saddened to hear of Mr Kell's passing. He was very creative and taught us well. I too was his student, 1977/78, and he passed way to young. My condolences to his family and friends.
Matthew Menefee
October 15, 2020
Thanks for being one of the Best Teachers during my Middle School days and for showing me the Love of Music. I will Always remember all the Fun times and Laughter you shared will ALL your Students. Rest In Peace Mr. Kell
Agnes Countryman Raines
October 15, 2020
I loved this man! He was so fun in class but if those eyes started batting you had better pay attention. He even came to Faron and I’s wedding reception! Such a cool man, RIP Mr Kell! You will be missed! ❤
Jennifer Plummer
October 15, 2020
He was wonderful teacher to many. He will be missed by many. I knew some of the family during high school. Sorry for your loss.
Lisa Martin
October 15, 2020
I loved Mr. Kell, thanks for the music and everything you taught me and did for our community.
Stephanie Lower
October 15, 2020
Lori I would like to attend the funeral when announced. I am in Charlotte - Just need to make some adjustments. All my prayers.
Thomas Rzeszotarski
October 15, 2020
Rick was a family friend for many many years. He was a gifted teacher, a kind and caring person, and a joy to know. God bless you Rick. You will be missed.
Judy Fleming
October 15, 2020
This is the man I called Godfather. He always loved and cared for my family and me. He is and was such a great man. I have no words to express my sorrow.
TJ Rzeszotarski
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