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James Roscoe Sexton

July 26, 1932 - September 3, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date: September 6, 2019

Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Excelsior Springs

Services at Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Excelsior Springs

  • Visitation: 5-7p, Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Funeral: 10:30a, Friday, September 6, 2019

Burial at Windy Hill (Polley) Cemetery

James “Roscoe” Sexton, 87, of Excelsior Springs, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at home in Excelsior Springs.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 5, 2019, from 5-7pm at Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Excelsior Springs. The funeral will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, September 6, 2019, at Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Excelsior Springs. Burial will follow at Windy Hill (Polley) Cemetery.

Roscoe was born July 26, 1932 in Mount Washington, Missouri. He is the son of the late Floyd Henry and the late Naomi Ellen (Farley) Sexton. As a boy, Roscoe attended a one-room schoolhouse on New Garden Road in Excelsior Springs, he could outrun anyone, and he mastered the art of breaking horses (eventually joining the Silver Spur Saddle Club).

At the age of 19, Roscoe joined the Navy and serving in the Korean War aboard the USS Philippine Sea aircraft carrier (one of the largest in existence at the time). His service to our country and fellow Americans became one of his greatest points of pride.

After returning from the Navy, Roscoe married Wilma Jean Armstrong on July 27, 1956 in Excelsior Springs, Missouri and had two sons: Gary (1957) and Mark (1960). The couple enjoyed square dancing at the Hall of Waters. An avid outdoorsman, Roscoe enjoyed fishing and hunting and attending the state fair. Roscoe found his niche operating a dozer and loved his profession, working until he turned 70 years old.

Those who knew Roscoe will tell you that he was a great story teller, a jokester, and was passionate about playing tunes on his guitar and dobro at jam sessions and with the band The Country Music Makers, sharing music with seniors at a variety of long-term care communities.

He is survived by his wife: Wilma Jean (Armstrong) Sexton; one son: Gary Sexton; six grandchildren: Stephanie (Brenton) Cotter, Toni Sexton, Zachary (Judy) Sexton, Megan (Jeff) Teeter, Michael (Naomi) Shipley, and Maverick Shipley; four great-grandchildren: Brayden Heil, Ben Heil, Madalynn Sexton, Hunter Griego; and one sister: Lela Conrick,

In addition to his parents, Roscoe was preceded in death by his son, Mark Sexton, sister, Dorothy Sexton, and sister, Lucille Tackett.

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