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James William Lasswell, age 80, of LaBelle, Missouri, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020 in the Lewis County Nursing Home in Canton, Missouri.

He was born October 21, 1940, rural Williamstown, Missouri, the son of Ernest Rolf and Georda Orla Dillenger Lasswell.  He was united in marriage to Karen Eileen Baxter on March 11, 1972, in Knox City, Missouri.

Surviving are his wife Karen Lasswell of LaBelle, MO; one daughter Janis (Doug) Bauer of Ballwin, MO; two brothers, Tom and David Lasswell of Kirksville, MO; one sister, Helen Owen of Kahoka, MO; several sisters and brothers-in-law, including Joyce Lasswell of Salem, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Lasswell; two brothers-in-law, Robert Owen and Gene Huebotter; and one nephew, Rick Owen.

James graduated from LaBelle High School.  He was employed for 39 years as an electrician for Quincy Compressor in Quincy, IL retiring in 2004.   James loved playing and singing bluegrass music.  He was an avid gardener, and enjoyed the outdoors hunting, fishing and flowers.  He was a member of the Knox City Baptist Church and was a fifty-year member and past master of LaBelle Masonic Lodge # 222.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2020, in the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle, MO.  Masonic rites were held at 7 p.m. conducted by LaBelle Masonic Lodge # 222.

Funeral services were held with Reverend Doug Wilson officiating for the services Thursday, December 3, 2020, in the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle, MO. Burial was in the LaBelle Cemetery with Ron Sayres, Don McCurren, Don Goings, Steve Benedict, Scott Hoffman and Steve Scoggin as casket bearers.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Lewis County Nursing Home.  Memorials may be left at or mailed to Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, Mo 63447.