Lester Gudgell, age 93, a life long resident of Meadville, died Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Life Care Center in Brookfield. A funeral service will be Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield.

Lester Gudgell, age 93, a life long resident of Meadville, died Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Life Care Center in Brookfield. A funeral service will be Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield. Burial will be in Botts Cemetery in Meadville. The family will receive friends Tuesday at the funeral home from 6:00 until 8:00 in the evening. Memorials to Botts Cemetery may be left at or mailed to Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628. Lester Merle, son of Vern and Ruth (Palmer) Gudgell, was born April 14, 1923, in Meadville. On June 7, 1947, he married Mildred Gray. Lester had farmed all of his life near Meadville. He also had been a bus driver and had worked as a janitor for the Meadville School District. He also had managed the Horseshoe Gas Station in Anderson for several years. He had worked for Bron Construction as a card-carrying ironworker and superintendent of construction. He drove a truck for Suburban Propane and later managed the plant in Meadville. After his retirement from Suburban he worked for the Linn-Livingston Water District No. 3 in Meadville. He was a US Army Veteran of World War II and was awarded five Bronze Stars for his service. He was inducted into the US Army in January of 1943, training at Camp Santa Anita, California and was sent to England with the 458th Ordnance Evacuation Company. His Company arrived at Utah Beach following D-Day and then to Omaha Beach and took part in five major battles in the Rhineland, Ardennes, Normandy, Northern France, and Central Europe before arriving in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1945, arriving home on Thanksgiving Eve. He was a member of American Legion Post 538, the Meadville Lions club, and Meadville Masonic Lodge. He also served on the Botts Cemetery Board. Survivors include his wife, Mildred of Brookfield; four children, Nancy Groves and husband, Wesley of Linneus, Benny Joe Gudgell and wife, Debbie of Meadville, Peggy Lopez and husband, Johnny of New Boston, Texas, and Paul Gudgell and wife, Crystal of Meadville; thirteen grandchildren, Cas Derks and husband, Chris of King City, Jacob Groves and wife, Taryn of Tampa, Florida, Peter Groves and wife, Misty of Yokota AFB, Japan, Angie Shiflett of Meadville, Stephanie Nickel and husband, John of Chillicothe, Christina Bloss and husband, Brent of Meadville, Joshua Graves and wife, Micky of El Paso, Texas, Malachi Lopez and fiancée, Mallory of Midland, Texas, Carl Covington and wife, Kim of San Antonio, Texas; and Mason Gudgell, Miles Gudgell, Morgan Gudgell, and Lillian Gudgell all of Meadville; 27 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren; one sister, Pauline Loban of Conroe, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. His parents; one son, Ray Gudgell; one brother, Carl Gudgell; and one sister, Clara Jordan, preceded him in death.