Leslie Wrinkle

Leslie Wilson Wrinkle, 62, of Columbia passed from this life Monday, July 27, 2009 at his home with his family by his side. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Leslie was born August 2, 1946 to the late L.R. and Nita (Pugh) Wrinkle. He grew up in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School, attended college in Moberly and Linn and received his bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University. Les served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He retired from ABB in Jefferson City and before his illness worked at Boone County National Bank. Les was a lifetime member of the NRA and volunteered at the Central Missouri Food Bank. He and his wife, Bert, enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, live theatre, and attending annual Seabee reunions. A gifted craftsman, he enjoyed woodworking, stained glass, and home improvement projects. Les was known for his attention to detail, kindheartedness and devotion to his friends and family. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Roberta; brother, Ronnie; daughter, Julia Saykally; stepchildren, Marla (Randy) Shifflett and Raylon (Michelle) Opie; granddaughter, Sophy Saykally; step-grandchildren, Jessica and Janna Shifflett, Parker and Blake Opie and a host of friends. Memorial donations can be made to the Central Missouri Food Bank.


  1. Vicki Wampler-Agnew on July 29, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Bert, A hug for you and my deep sadness at Les’ passing. I know what best friends you were. Vicki

  2. Jackie Shupe on July 29, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Les we will miss you!! Bert, we need to do something fun to remeber, laugh and tell good stories.
    Laughter throuh tears is a wonderful emotion!

  3. Cathy Ergovich on July 29, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I worked with Nita Wrinkle Les mom. She was proud of her son and Ronnie has been my friend for years. My heartfelt prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  4. connie crowley hanson on July 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Leslie was good to me a child. He was so kind and soft spoken. I’ve thought about him often through the years. I will miss him.

  5. Stephanie Sanders Green on July 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Julia, Sophy, and family, I am sorry for your loss. May God comfort all of you during this difficult time.

  6. David Reinke on July 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Alice and I extend our prayers to you in this difficult time. I worked with Les for years and I must sadly say I have lost a good friend. The memories will endure and there are many more good one than bad ones.
    May God be with you.

  7. Greg Oppenhuis on July 30, 2009 at 8:22 am

    My wife, Peg, and I extend our sympathies to Les’ family. I had considered Les a wonderful friend and I relied on his faithfulness to detail and competency in so many ways. He was a man of integrity and of great value to others. May God grant you all peace and comfort and cherish the wonderful memories you have of his investment in your life.

  8. Paula Jones Brown on July 30, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Bert, Mom called to tell me about Les. I am sorry I never got a chance to meet him. Mom always said such nice things about him. Marla and I still keep in touch with Christmas cards and now we are friends on facebook. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Paula Jones

  9. Angela Ketchum on July 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Les was a wonderful, caring man, and it was a privilege to know him. He will be greatly missed by many! Love you!

  10. Connie Crowley Hanson on July 30, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    He was such a GREAT person

  11. Jordan Hoyt on July 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    It was truly a joy to know Les in this life. He was very kind, and genuinely compassionate. Bert- my mom, Betty, and I have you in our thoughts.

  12. Larry & Jo Hildebrand on July 31, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Our sympathy and prayers go to Les’s family. Even though it has been a long time since our days of work & play together, his memory will always be cherished.

  13. Lacey Sloan on August 1, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Les was a wonderful person, and I’m so glad that I got to know him. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  14. Paul J. Petretti on August 2, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    First man I met when I reported to MCB74. Les walked right up to me introduced himself and from that moment on he was and will always be remembered as great person.

  15. Steve Benna on August 3, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Please accept my warmest prayers for an old friend.

  16. John Allen on August 3, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Les “Snappy Puddin” was the man who trained me when I started to woek in engineering at Westinghouse in 1972. We were instant friends and shared many happy moments. This was a shock to hear. My sympathy to Les’ family. I will always remember his smiling face.

  17. Jesse Gill on August 3, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I worked with Les at ABB. He always, always offered a helping hand. Our prays go to his family.

  18. John Hatfield on August 3, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    It was truely an honor to have known Les. He was a great friend!! Les, my amego, I will miss your friendship. Bert, you are in our prayers. May God bless you. John Hatfield

  19. Glenn Wallin Sr on August 4, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Les was a fellow Seabee and long time friend. He will be missed by his fellow Seabees and all those who knew him. May gentle winds and fair seas take you to your next duty station..

  20. Garry Magruder on August 6, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Les was a classmate from High School (Hickman). Though I haven’t seen him in a number of years, I remember him as a very kind man and a good friend. My condolences to his family and friends.

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