The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 27, 2014

Jerry B. Pace

JOPLIN, Mo. — Jerry B. Pace, 67, of Joplin, Mo., died on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Joplin.

Jerry was a resident of Spring River Christian Village in Joplin. He was formerly of Neosho, Mo. He was born to Wesley and Bernice Pace, of Neosho, on July 12, 1946.

He was an avid car and racing fan, his pride and joy was a 1951 Chevrolet truck that he refurbished. With his white hair and beard he loved to participate as Santa Claus with the children of his friends.

He retired as a sprinkler fitter with National Fire Suppression, Union 314, Kansas City.

He moved to Stockton, Mo., to enjoy raising cattle and fishing. Several years later he made the decision to move back to his hometown and connect with friends he's had for years.

He is survived by sisters, Lynda Bethel, Joplin, and Rosemary Maxwell, Belton, Mo.; niece, Anna Chang (husband James) Raymore, Mo.; stepchildren, Holli Taylor, Diamond, Mo., Ami LeCocq, Boise, Idaho, Marcy Ridler (husband Larry Kiewit) and Chris Ridler (wife Kristen), both of Kansas City; step grandson, Garrett Taylor, Diamond, Mo.; and great-nephew, Mason Chang.

Jerry has been taken for cremation.  Come join us for a celebration of his life, Saturday, March 29, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Newton County Historical Society, 121 North Washington, Neosho, one block off the square.

Condolences may be left at

Cremation arrangements by Midland Cremation Society, Joplin.

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