George Ray Arch Sr., 74, of Hannibal

George Ray Arch Sr.
Posted: Jun. 4, 2019 6:44 pm

George Ray Arch Sr., 74, of Hannibal, passed away at 3:42 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2019 at his home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate.

Friends and family are invited to George’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

George was born Feb. 22, 1945, in Hannibal, to Raymond John and Mary Margaret Wiseman Arch.

He was married to Ruthie Louise Fogle on June 29, 1963 in Hannibal. She survives.

Other survivors include three children, George R. Arch Jr. (Jeanna) of Hannibal, Christopher Arch (Robin) of Canton, Angela Marie Davis (Michael) of New London; one brother, Randy Arch (Shirley) of Monroe City; and one sister, Sandra Jean Thomas (Terry) of Hannibal. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Sharon; and a daughter-in-law, Michelle Arch.

Professionally, George retired from the Hannibal Carbide Tool Company. He also previously worked as a truck driver.

George loved woodworking and made many birdhouses and even made his own hoop nets which he used when he went fishing. Camping at Mark Twain Lake and hunting rabbit and deer were a few of George’s favorite pastimes. George loved to watch boxing on television, especially George Foreman and Sugar Ray Leonard. A love of music was present throughout George’s life as he enjoyed playing the drums, guitar and even dancing. Most of all, George loved to spend time with family and friends.

George was a Christian by faith and attended the First Assembly of God Church of Hannibal.

Memorials may be made to Community Loving Care Hospice.

Pallbearers will be Michael Davis, Austin Davis, Logan Davis, George R. Arch Jr., George R. Arch, III, Mike Ward and Jimmy Thomas.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at

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