In Loving Memory…

Leonard H. Semkin

Leonard Henry Semkin, 94, of Smithton, passed away Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

He was born January 7, 1923, in Florence, the son of Walter Henry Semkin and Emma M. Shulz Semkin.

Mr. Semkin served in the United States Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart.

On April 9, 1948, at Lake Creek United Methodist Church near Smithton, he was married to Betty Jean Meyer, who preceded him in death on July 25, 2012.

Lennie owned and operated Lennie’s Service, a service station and tire shop, for 32 years. He was a member of Smithton United Methodist Church, Sedalia Lodge 236 AF & AM, VFW Post 2591, Smithton Senior Center and the Good Sam’s Camping Club. He served on the Smithton Volunteer Fire Department from 1954 to 1995. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and camping with friends and family.

Surviving are his daughter, Sharon Atkinson, and her husband, John, of Sedalia; two grandsons, Brett Atkinson, and his wife Pam, of Sedalia, and Blake Atkinson, and his wife, Suzie, of Springfield; two great-grandchildren, Trenton and Quinn; and his sister, Lavera Harrell, of Sedalia.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorene Zimmerschied.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 14, at Heckart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jason Veale officiating.

Casket bearers will be Steve Goldsmith, Dan Page, Warren Anderson, Allen Zimmerschied, Alex Harrell and Dick Harlan.

Burial will be in Smithton Cemetery, with military honors by the U.S. Army and VFW Post 2591.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Show-Me Christian Youth Home or Smithton United Methodist Church.


  1. a customer of mine and a friend. I remember his smile….smiling every time i came out. God speed to your husband and dad.

  2. Marilyn and Danny Bahner :

    Sympathy to you and your family, Sharon and John

  3. Sharon, So sorry for your loss! I got to know your dad when I visited my Uncle Ken Schreiner at The Essex. My Uncle had stories to share about the “good ole days” when they both operated gas stations! You dad would just smile and nod his head. He was such a sweet man! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Dale + Saundra DeLarm :

    Sharon and Family, so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers to all of you.

  5. Jana & Kim Birdsong :

    Sharon I know you were his “Pride & Joy”!
    Prayers for his family. Lennie will definitely be missed by many.

  6. Barbara Blaylock :

    Soooooo sad he was a AWWWSOME MAN n he’ll be missed dearly prayers for the family

  7. Beth (Bohon) Bishop :

    He fixed many a flat tire for me as a teenager! I have never forgotten how kind he was.

  8. Keith Anstine :

    I worked for Lennie when I was a teenager. I will always remember both he and his wife! I really enjoyed working there! He was very patient and kind with me and I learned a lot from him! God bless you and your family during this very difficult time!

  9. Brian D Smith :

    One of the top 5 kindest men I’ve ever met. I loved going to Lennies after cross country and getting a soda bottle from the machine that looked like a maze! Godspeed Mr Semkin. A life well done.

  10. John & Donita Shipman :

    So sorry for your loss. We will always remember him as a nice man.

  11. Della Schnakenberg :

    Sharon and family.

    Sorry for the loss of your dad. Truly a gentleman. I always enjoyed seeing him and your mother. May God bring you comfort at the difficult time.

  12. Debbie and Ray Murray :

    Sharon, your dad was such a nice man and a big part of the Smithton community. He will be missed by so many. Our deepest sympathy and prayers.

  13. My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Sharon.

  14. Harold Wilken :

    Sharon and Family, our thoughts are with you today. What a great man! I have such fond memories of the station, being with Uncle Frank and Aunt Elsie in Sunday School. The way they supported one another. All the stories of Lennie and Betty. May God give you peace that they are together again.

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