Earl G. Challans, 75, of High Ridge died July 29, 2020. Mr. Challans was an entrepreneur specializing in food service. He was the proprietor of four Mr. Donut locations in Illinois, as well as the Big Guys Restaurant in Pacific. He was a U.S. Army veteran who received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster and a Vietnam Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster, as well as a Silver Star nomination. He was a member of Business Network International and Ambucks, and he was commander of the American Legion Post 783. He loved spending time with his family.
Born June 11, 1945, in Decatur, Ill., he was the son of the late Gladys (Shade) and Ralph Challans.
He is survived by his wife: Penny (Roques) Challans; five children: Nicole (Michael) Pettis of Milwaukee, Wis., Joseph Challans of High Ridge, Amy (Robert) Blayney of Lees Summit, Christina (Ryan) Lawson of Topeka, Kan., and Dennis (Jennifer) Challans of St. Peters; five siblings: William, Charles, Ralph, Trudy and Aetna; and 10 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 6) at Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6300 Hwy. 30, in Cedar Hill. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday (Aug. 7) at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 3009 High Ridge Blvd., in High Ridge. Burial will be in the National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks. Memorials may be made to any Veterans Affairs charity. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel Hill Mortuary.