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Lawrence "Dan" Misel - age 71 of Cowgill, MO passed away Wednesday morning, October 24th, 2018 at Golden Age Nursing Home in Braymer, MO after a long battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Saturday at the Polo United Methodist Church with Rev. Kyle Stith, officiating. A visitation will be held one-hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Polo United Methodist Church in loving memory of Dan Misel. Burial will be at Cowgill Cemetery with full Military Honors. Online guestbook at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com.
Dan was born on August 12th, 1947 the son of W.L. and Helen (Ballew) Misel in Excelsior Springs, MO. He grew up on the family farm just south of Cowgill and graduated from Polo High School in 1965. After high school Dan started working at Armco Steel in Kansas City, MO where he remained for 35 years. He served in the United States Airforce from April 1966 until his honorable discharge in February 1970, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. On December 20th, 1968 he was united in marriage to Berniece Broughton at the Cowgill United Methodist Church. Dan was a member of the Cowgill Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the National Elk Foundation, the Missouri Trap Shooter Association, the Braymer United Methodist Church and the MTA Gun Club in Smithville. Dan had a passion for hunting, repairing/building guns, trap shooting, the outdoors and building computers. He was outspoken and never afraid to share his thoughts. Dan was funny and an all-around “good guy”. After retiring from GST (Armco) he was a 911 dispatcher for the Caldwell and Clinton county sheriff’s departments and he also worked for Rood Machine and Engineering in Polo. Dan also owned and operated Dan’s Gun Repair from his home for 40 years, which he enjoyed immensely. He was a good husband and father and he loved his family. Dan will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
He was preceded in death by his father, nephew Greg and other extended family members. Survivors include: wife, Berniece of the home; mother, Helen Misel of Bonner Springs, KS; son, Chris Misel and wife Christine of Excelsior Springs; daughter, Angie Howell and husband Randy of Polo; brother, Billy G. Misel and wife Pat of Cowgill; brother, David Misel and wife Ariel of Polo; sister, DiAnne Berning and husband Patrick of Kansas City, KS; granddaughters: Chelsi and Keegan; other extended family also survives.
Pallbearers: Dave Zink, Terry Toomy, David Byers, Deryl Gotcher, Randy Farmer, Bill Carter.
Honorary Pallbearers: Dennis Firth, Dale Swindler, Bruce Jelinek and the entire Cowgill Volunteer Fire Department.