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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Obituary - James "Jimmy" Leister

James "Jimmy" Leister, 57, of Amsterdam, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the Butler Center Nursing and Rehab in Butler, MO. A Masonic service will be held at 11:30 am on Monday, November 1, 2021 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, MO. A memorial service will follow. The family will receive friends 10:00-11:30am on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Jimmy was born on September 5, 1964 in Butler, Missouri to Mike and Linda (McGuire) Leister. Jimmy graduated from Miami High School in 1982. Following graduation, Jimmy worked various jobs before joining the Union as a laborer and operator. Jimmy married Shawna on July 12, 1986 in Nevada, MO. During this 25-year union, two daughters were born: Erika Jimmi and Somer Jo.

Jimmy was a member of the Amsterdam Masonic Lodge #141 AF&AM in Amsterdam, MO. He enjoyed farming until his health deteriorated in 2015. Jimmy also enjoyed playing slow-pitch softball, attending the Bates County fair with his daughters, avidly attending jackpot shows, and spent many days at the lake with his family and friends. Recently he enjoyed watching his grandchildren show 4H animals during the fair. He departed this life with his longtime best friend, Jimmy Booth, as his roommate.

Jimmy is preceded in death by his son, Blake Leister; parents, Mike and Linda Leister; brother, Jeff Leister; grandfather, Cotton McGuire; and grandparents, Clifford and Thelma Leister. He is survived by his daughters: Erika (Homer) Irwin of Hume, MO; and Somer (Luke) Leister of Grandview, MO; his sister, Jackie (Gary) Silvia of Williamsburg, VA; his brother, John (Sandi) Leister of Amsterdam, MO; sister-in-law, Beth Leister of Amsterdam, MO; six grandchildren: Lane, Kenzee, Kamee, Ava, Sophee, and Mia; as well as, many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces.