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Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 10:43 am

Gary Hudnall

Funeral services for Gary Alan Hudnall, 65, of Lake Saint Louis, formerly of Elsberry, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.  His good friends Vernon Boehm and Joe Hartman will officiate with burial in Star Hope Cemetery near Elsberry.

Gary, 65, passed away late Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, after a battle with heart disease since 1985.

Born Feb. 6, 1948, in Hannibal, he was the fourth son of William O. and Ruby P. Wright Hudnall.  He was educated in the Hannibal and West Pike School systems and graduated in 1973 from Western Illinois University.  He was united in marriage on Jan. 20, 1973 in Elsberry to Diane Tapley.  This union was blessed with three beautiful daughters: Amy, Jacki and Megan.  He was employed for 13 years by Gerstner Electric Company.  In 1987 he began working at Fred Weber Inc as a senior project manager, where he retired in 2000 and again in 2005.  It was at Fred Weber where he met his best buddy, Joe Hartmann and many other friends.

One of Gary’s toughest battles was losing his precious daughter Amy to cancer in 1998.  Gary was blessed with his first grandson, Reed Sutton, in 2000.  He was followed by four more grandkids: Grant Joseph Miller, Amy Grace Sutton, Maggie Kristine Miller and Claire Marie Miller.  They were his world and he loved seeing them come to visit.

Gary and Diane enjoyed their retirement by wintering in Florida for the past 11 years with close friends.  Gary loved nothing more than fishing with his buddy Joe and others; and his time spent at Mark Twain Lake with Dave and Marshall.  He was a member of New Hope Masonic Lodge #199 where he served as Past Master.  He was a member of Star Hope Baptist Church.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 40 years, Diane Hudnall of Lake Saint Louis; two daughters, Jacki Sutton of Lake St. Louis and Megan Miller and her husband, Wade, of  Troy; and five grandchildren.  He also leaves one brother, Bill Hudnall of Austin, TX; two sisters: Rita Brown and her husband, Hurley (Jr.) of Hannibal, and Vicki Hart and her husband, Bill, of New Canton, Ill.; two brothers-in-law, Dean Tapley and his wife, Rita, and Dane Tapley and his wife, Gina, all of Elsberry; two sisters-in-law, Donna Owens and her husband, Bill, of Clarksville, and Sheri Hudnall-Harrison of North Carolina; numerous nephews and nieces who he thought of like “older grandkids” and loved deeply; several other relatives and many, many friends.

Visitation will be held from 4 – 8 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Lincoln County R-II Schools in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home, 107 South Fifth Street, Elsberry, MO 63343.  Online condolences may be made at


Lance Larson

Lance Michael Larson, 29, of O’Fallon, completed his life on earth and went home to be with his Savior on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Lance was born on March 31, 1983, in Camarillo, Calif., to Michael and Lisa (Welch) Larson. As a young child, Lance loved to learn, share, and help others. He enjoyed many sports, including running, basketball, baseball, and soccer. Being raised in a Christian home, Lance learned the importance of obedience to God, studying the Word, and service to others early in life.

Lance loved his family. After his love for Jesus, his former wife, Samantha, was the love of his life. He loved his children, Caleb Michael, Isaac Seth, and Acadia Pearl, with all his heart, and continually prayed for them.

As a beloved son of Mike and Lisa, Lance was a true blessing in so many ways. As the older brother of Luke, Wright City,  and Lianna, of Dalian, China, he was caring, protective, and a best friend.

He treasured the conversations with his grandmothers Marilyn Welch (of Mascoutah, Ill.) and Mary Lou Larson, of Decatur, Ill., as well as his late grandfathers Robert Welch and Darrell Larson, hearing stories of their past and learning from their experiences.

Lance’s elementary years were spent at Tyro Christian School, Tyro, Kan., and Kingdom Christian Academy, St. Ann, Mo. He graduated from Roanoke Christian Schools, Roanoke, VA, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, and was a student at Franklin Pierce University, Concord, N.H.

God was an important part of Lance’s life, and his desire was to share the message of Christ with those around him. As a young man, Lance was blessed with the ability to talk and listen with people of all ages and walks of life

Family and friends  may share their love and memories with the family on Monday, March 25, 2013, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Troy First Baptist Church, 1000 Elm Tree Road, Troy.

Lance’s Victory Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Troy First Baptist Church. Pastors Mike Larson and Richie Rhea will officiate. A committal service will be held at 2 pm at Mascoutah City Cemetery, Mascoutah, Ill.. Immediately following, all will gather at St. John United Church of Christ in Mascoutah for a meal and a time of sharing memories.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Lance Larson Memorial Fund, which has been set up at the Bank of Old Monroe. Family and friends are invited to sign our on-line guest registry at


Linda Hansen

Linda Sue Hansen, 61 of Troy, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013, at her residence.

She was born on May 10, 1951, in St. Louis, the child of Robert and Daisy (Kitchen) Myers. After attending the local schools, she went on to graduate at Ritenour High School in St. Louis. On Sept. 18, 1970, she married the love of her life, Richard Hansen. She and Rich were very happy together and enjoyed their four boys: Richard, Jeremy, Daniel, and Timothy. When she was not caring for her family, she was working in the child care field. Linda loved caring for children, and got great enjoyment from her job. Her family was her #1 priority and she treasured the time spent with them.

She is survived by her beloved husband of almost 43 years, Richard “Rich” Hansen, of Troy; four sons: Richard Hansen Jr. and wife Yvonne of El Paso, Texas, Jeremy Hansen and wife Melissa of Pleasant Hill, Ill., Daniel Hansen of Dallas, Texas, and Timothy Hansen and wife, Brandi, of Cedar Hill; 11 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 29, 2013, from 4 until 8 p.m. at the McCoy-Funeral Home & Cremation Center

A funeral service will  be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Troy. Pastor Wes Denham will officiate.

Memorials to be made to the Washington University Research Center c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1304 Boone Street, Troy,MO, 63379. Interment will be private.

Friends and family are invited to visit our website at to sign the on-line guest register.