Leo M. Martell
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Leo M. Martell , Age: 99
July 17, 1918 -- December 14, 2017

Leo M. Martell, 99, of Kansas City, KS, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the University of Kansas Hospital. Wednsday, December 20th, visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 AM, Words of Remembrance at 10:30 AM and Funeral Mass following at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3024 North 53rd Street, Kansas City, KS. Entombment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Kiwanis Club of Kansas City, KS, Christ the King Catholic Church and/or Cathedral of St. Peter.

Leo was born in Beulah, ND on July 17, 1918 to Max and Agnes (McLaughlin) Martell. He served in the US Navy during World War II. Leo went to Haskell and then to attended the University of Kansas. He was both registered architect and civil engineer which is highly unusual. During his career, notable projects included the original design of Parallel Parkway; design of Christ the King Church of Kansas City, KS and multiple facilities for the Board of Public Utilities; local governments and school districts. He was the founder of Martell and Associates, P.A.-full service architectural, engineering and planning firm. Strong focus on Native American projects doing projects in over 15 states for the Bureau of Indian affairs and Indian Health Service. Founding member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers. He was also a member of the American Institute of Architects and Downtown Kansas City Kansas City Kiwanis Club. He never retired, serving his community until the end (he had 5 projects still on his desk). Leo was preceded in death by his five siblings, his first wife Bernardine "Bunny", son Gregory Martell, daughter-in-law Teresa Martell, infant grandson Adam Martell, his second wife Audentia and stepson Herb Rollin. He is survived by 5 children: Ruth (Kadhim) Shuker, Michael Martell, Bernardine (Bill) Maher, Patty Martell, Joe Martell, stepdaughter Lezlie (Robert) Brillhart, 31 grandchildren, 69 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Additional Service: Visitation
Location: Christ The King Catholic Church
Address: 3024 North 53rd Street
City: Kansas City
State: KS
Zip Code: 66104
Date: December 20, 2017
Time: 9:30 A M
Additional Information:  Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 AM, Words of Remembrance at 10:30 AM and Funeral Mass following all on Wednesday, December 20th at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3024 North 53rd Street, Kansas City, KS.
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Jim Breneman December 17, 2017

Collegue / friend Prairie Village , Kansas

I worked with Leo on the Justice Facility for the Menominee Indian tribe in Kasheena, WI in the mid-1980's. We traveled together several times during the design of this facility and I was always impressed by Leo's knowledge and professionalism. In addition he was always fun to work with and always gracious to everyone around him. His passing will be a loss to all who knew him and to the architectural profession.

JOHN D. SANKEY AIA, PE December 17, 2017



Morgan Family December 18, 2017

Neighbor Kansas City , Kansas

Deepest condolences to family members and friends. May his memory live forever in our hearts.

Julie Baswell December 18, 2017

Neighbor Kansas City , Kansas

I'm so sorry to hear about Leo's death. I will long remember how much I admired and respected him when I worked for him and what a nice man he was. Our neighborhood has lost a unique member who will be missed.

Rich & Helen Mercer & daughter Jan Donaldson December 18, 2017

Kansas City, KS Neighbors LENEXA , Kansas

We enjoyed the friendship of Leo the many years we were neighbors in Kansas City, KS. After moving we would occasionally have dinner out together. Once we took our grandson who was studying Arch. at KU. We were planning to go again as Leo said he could give our grandson some advice he probably woudn't learn in class. We are all saddened at the loss of Leo. He was a fine gentleman and will be miss by all who knew him,

Gene Nick December 20, 2017

Friend of Patty Lincoln , Nebraska

Sorry, to hear of his passing. He has a great family and it was always fun to be over at the Martell's. Your Dad was always interesting to talk to even when your just a high school kid. Condolences to all of the family