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 www.mclaughlinfuneralchapel.com.