Richard Lyle McHargue, 80, of Hannibal, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at his home.

Richard Lyle McHargue, 80, of Hannibal, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at his home. 

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the First Assembly of God Church of Hannibal. Pastor Brandon Hampton will officiate.

Friends and family are invited to Richard’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Richard was born Nov. 21, 1937, in Millgrove to Lyle W. McHargue and Bettie Rose Wickizer McHargue Bain.

He was previously married to Phyllis Dolan McHargue, and she survives.

He was later married to Rhonda Woods on Nov. 22, 1998, at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nev.  She survives.

Other survivors include two children, Michael McHargue (Mary) of Hannibal, and Shelly "Bean" Elsner (Carl) of Hannibal; two brothers, John Bain (Sara) of California and David Bain of Trenton; one grandson, Sean McHargue (Erin); two great-grandchildren, Emery and Isaiah; a special nephew, Brian Lunetta of Hannibal; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Erin Leigh Elsner and Collin McHargue; and his stepfather, Lloyd Bain.

Richard truly believed that work is theater and life a stage. He was a business owner, entrepreneur and entertainer throughout his professional career. Early in his career Richard worked for KHMO Radio working primarily in sales, but also doing some broadcasting for farm reports and even high school basketball play by play. An internationally recognized Mark Twain impersonator and performer, Richard offered his interpretation of Mark Twain in productions across the United States and world, including performances in Japan. Richard was also the owner and operator of The Molly Brown Dinner Theater in downtown Hannibal for many years, assisting with everything from performances to preparing the meals for the patrons attending shows. Most recently Richard was an owner of Fabulous Feet Dance Studio.

Theater was Richard’s passion. He enjoyed productions of all kinds, especially musicals. He would attend performances often with his family. Western themed musicals, movies and entertainment were always a favorite of Richard’s. Richard loved to play and listen to Bluegrass music.

Richard also loved mules and horses. He enjoyed riding and caring for the animals with his family. Missouri Jumping Mules were Richard’s favorite; Richard was even hired by Six Flags of St. Louis to showcase his talent for mule jumping. Genealogy was a hobby that Richard took pleasure in. Richard was very proud of his Scottish heritage.

Active in his community, Richard served as president of the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce for several years and was also part of the initial planning and organizing group that started the Hannibal Tom and Becky Program.

Richard was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fabulous Feet Dance Studio Scholarship Program.

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