Richard Eugene McLallen

November 9, 1932 ~ January 15, 2021 (age 88)

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Richard Eugene McLallen, of Chillicothe, MO, passed away on Jan 15, 2021.

Richard was born November 9, 1932 in Grundy County, Missouri, to Carl Edwin McLallen and Lorea Elaine (Dowell) McLallen.  He was the eldest of 2 children.

After graduating from Trenton High School, Richard enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  He came back to Trenton to marry his sweetheart, Mary Alice Mullins on September 17, 1954.  They have 2 daughters, Gayle Flynn of Chillicothe, MO has 4 children.  Lisa Guinther and husband John of Louisville, CO have 3 children.  There are 5 great grandchildren.  Caring and providing for his family was his highest priority. 

Richard has been active in various churches and Christian organizations throughout the years, including Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International, home Bible Studies, and ministering at the Navajo Indian Reservation along with multiple hospitals and nursing homes.  He was also involved in Lion’s Club and Veteran’s Organizations.

Flying was Richard’s passion.  When he first saw an airplane fly over his family’s farm, as a young child, he was mesmerized.  He took flying lessons in 1954 and has been flying or thinking about it ever since.  Richard has owned over 50 airplanes throughout his career of flying.  He enjoyed refurbishing, restoring, flying, buying and selling airplanes.  Richard worked for Trans World Airlines for 34 years as a mechanic and electrician.   His passion has provided a multitude of travel, adventure and excitement.

Richard was extremely kind, giving, and understanding.  He was a man of strong character and leadership. 

We will all miss him dearly, but it gives us comfort to know that he is reunited with his Lord and Savior and beloved wife of 66 years, Mary Alice.

Richard is survived by his sister, Evelyn (McLallen) Pickett of Montgomery, Tx; his daughters, Gayle Flynn and Lisa Guinther and husband John, 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Richard will be buried at Richardson Cemetery in Laredo, Missouri.  A celebration of life will be planned for a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, please send cards, letters and memories to: Gayle Flynn, 804 N. Washington St, Chillicothe, MO 64601, or Lisa Guinther, 2263 Cliffrose Ln, Louisville, CO 80027

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