Douglas D. Seneker, 75, Mt. Vernon, passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 10, 2010, at St. John’s, Springfield, after suffering a heart attack.
He was born July 5, 1935, in Mt. Vernon to Dwight and Elizabeth (Orr) Seneker; graduated from North Kansas City (Mo.) High School; and attended Park College and Central Missouri State University.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran , achieving the highest rank available to enlisted personnel, command sergeant major.
He spent over 50 years in law enforcement, beginning his career in the U.S. Military Police at age 17. He served as a police officer in North Kansas City; staff supervisor of the Kansas City Metropolitan Major Case Squad; detective lieutenant in the Clay County Sheriff’s Department; and chief of police in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside.
Seneker created and managed the corporate security and safety department for Sprint-United in Kansas City before returning to his native Lawrence County in 1983. He served as chief deputy of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office before being elected sheriff in 1996. He retired from that office after completing two terms.
His interests and accomplishments covered a wide range. He was involved in firefighting from the age of 19. He was a musician and singer, known for his performances with his twin brother, Don, and sister, Sue. He had served as regional Boy Scout district commissioner; was president of the Ozarks Amateur Radio Society; was past president of the Lawrence County Historical Society; current president of the Ozarks chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society; and chaired numerous organizations and special projects over the years.
Among his many honors, he was selected as Mt. Vernon’s Citizen of the Year for his work combatting drugs.
Seneker was considered a walking encyclopedia of Civil War history, and had been active in the Lone Jack Volunteers, Civil War Round Table and other groups. Most recently, he has been working with the Jasper County Commission and others to mark and preserve a site where 15 Union soldiers were killed by a party of Confederates, prompting a retaliatory strike that destroyed the surrounding community.
One of Seneker’s most visible, longterm local projects has been restoration of the historic Adamson Cabin in Mt. Vernon. Memorials are suggested to the Adamson Cabin preservation fund, in care of the funeral home, to continue his work there.
Doug Seneker married Harriet West June 30, 2001. She survives.
He is also survived by six children and two stepsons, Mary Seneker, Mark Seneker, Lisa McElwee and Deanna Schoonover and their mother, Fran, Danny Seneker and Donna Wilkerson and their mother, Carole, and David West and Steven West; a sister, Sue Seneker; and 19 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Don, and a grandson.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at First Presbyterian Church, Cherry and Main streets, Mt. Vernon. Burial will be in Ozark Prairie Cemetery, northeast of Mt. Vernon.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, 510 E. Cherry St., Mt. Vernon.
On line condolences may be made at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.
Posted by ArtMorris.com at 7:17 PM
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