Leslie Allen Abodeely
1948 - 2021
BORN
1948
DIED
February 2, 2021
Leslie (Les) Allen Abodeely, 72, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died, of natural causes, February 2, 2021, in his Las Vegas home. A public visitation will be held on Friday, February 19th from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at the Cedar Memorial Chapel Stateroom, with the eulogy readings beginning at 5:45 PM and a Trisagion service at 6:20 PM. A livestream of the Eulogy and Trisagion service may be accessed on the funeral home website under the obituary for Les Abodeely, under the video tab starting at 5:45 PM on Friday, February 19th, 2021.

A closed family service will be held at St. George Orthodox Church, 3650 Cottage Grove Avenue, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; officiated by the Father Fred Shaheen. A Facebook livestream of the funeral service will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 20th, 2021. To view the Facebook livestream please go to the St. George Orthodox Church Facebook page. Burial will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

As mandated by proclamation, social distancing must be practiced which requires a limited number of people to be allowed into the visitation at one time. The use of facemasks or shields is required.

Survived by two siblings; Marina Jezzini and husband Brian Schimidt; Jeffrey Abodeely; two nephews; Andre Jezzini and Ethan Abodeely, one niece; Sophia Abodeely, first cousins; Dawayne, Nanette, Floraine, Tammy, Renee, and George Jr.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Eli and Fidelis Abodeely, and his beloved brother Phillip.

Leslie was born on July 3rd, 1948 in Cedar Rapids, IA. He was a first-class entrepreneur of over 35 various businesses over his lifetime. Our parents Eli and Fidelis encouraged and supported his business ventures. He loved hobbies as a young adult which carried his adulthood. He loved trains and slot cars, our parents helped him open a slot car business where kids could come and race. Slot car racing turned into streetcar racing with his Plymouth Roadrunner and Duster, which he regularly "Cruised" First Avenue where he loved dodging police and racing. He and brother Phillip helped our parents in Old Hickory Steakhouse. Les and Phil opened Baghdad Imports in Mankato, MN, while Phil went to Mankato State University. Our parents first opened Sip-N-Stir and both Les and Phil worked there and eventually ran it themselves after our father passed away in 1975. Les and Phil were best of brothers and business partners. Sip-N-Stir laid the pathways for the most popular discotheque in the State of Iowa, "Gatsby's". As disco was gaining popularity, Les and Phil bought an existing bar on First Avenue, and fully renovated it to an amazing experience for people to come dance the night away.

After Les moved to Las Vegas, he needed another business to get into. He found a need and filled it; Inkjets that is. Filling and recycling Ink Jets was his new business. He also loved being a Las Vegas Tour Guide taking friends and family around the city to see Fabulous Las Vegas.

Les accomplished more in his life than most people do. He was a very spiritual man, a motivator to inspire others to do what they never imagined, an author of his e-book "Never Give Up!", a trouble shooter, devoted prankster, a self-made engineer and an active member of Southern Nevada Association of Polio Survivors. He made you feel special and important. Bold enough to start a conversation with anyone, creating a lifelong memory of him and always a new friend, bringing people together.

Leslie leaves us with his famous words, "Have A Powerful Day!"

Thank you Les for making our lives better.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be directed too: SNAPS (So. Nevada Assoc of Polio Survivors): C/O Sylvia Soden, President, 2588 Velodrome Ct., Henderson, NV 89044 or St Michael Cathedral; PO Box 34724, PO Box 34724 Las Vegas, NV 89133-4724.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.

Services will be private. Saturday, February 20, 2021, at St. George Orthodox Church, 3650 Cottage Grove Avenue, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52403,
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 10, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Feb
19
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 6:30p.m.
Cedar Memorial Chapel Stateroom
Funeral services provided by:
Cedar Memorial
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Les was the best friend a person could have. I will miss him so.
He was a Giant. I loved him so much. The whole family. Les was such a character. What a man. Les May your memory be eternal. Because of you I laughed many laughs I will cherish.
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Cathleen A Harnish
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February 19, 2021
Reverend William B. Harnish and family would like to send our deepest condolences to the family. We loved Les like a brother and Uncle. His spirit transcended Earth his whole life!! Les is beautiful person and soul teaching "LESsons" everytime you saw him. He will be greatly missed!
Peggy Harnish
Friend
February 19, 2021
Reverend William B. Harnish and family would like to send our deepest condolences to the family. We loved Les like a brother and Uncle. His spirit transcended Earth his whole life!! Les is beautiful person and soul teaching "LESsons" everytime you saw him. He will be greatly missed!
Peggy Harnish
Friend
February 19, 2021
Our deepest sympathy for your loss, he was a beautiful soul we loved him dearly. We shared good moments with him and learned so much, and have good memories of him that will last with us. May God bless his soul and Rest In Peace! Amen.
Paul and Helen
February 18, 2021
I worked with Les as a DJ's at Gatsby's. I enjoyed working for him during those years. We remained friends after those years. I am sorry to hear of his passing.
At the 11th hour I will raise a toast in his honor as a friend gone before me. I am sure he has a great club job in heaven or is enjoying time catching up with great friends and family. This next song is dedicated to you Les.
John O'Brien
Coworker
February 12, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief, and find comfort from knowing that God draws close to the broken-hearted.
T D
February 10, 2021