Joe R. Pace, age 73, of Lamar, Missouri passed away February 19, 2022, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Missouri.
Joe was born July 27, 1948 in Salem, Missouri to John Harrison Pace and Allie Laura June (Schmolzi) Pace. Joe graduated from Salem High School in the class of 1966 and University of Missouri in 1978. On July 11, 1970, Joe married Katherine Susan Heim in Columbia, Missouri. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1972.
Joe worked as an agriculture teacher in Lamar Public Schools. He was dedicated to the many FFA trips and events. In addition, Joe promoted the Missouri Young Farmer's organization and brought crop insurance into this area. He was always interested in agricultural innovations and development of new techniques. After retirement he still followed his students and was always interested in what they were doing. He was a member of many professional and civic organizations and was active in them all. Joe's idea of recreation was watching the crops grow and cattle grazing.
Survivors include his wife Kathy Pace, one daughter, Jennifer and husband David Baldwin of Lamar, three grandchildren; Charlotte, Abbigale and Sydnee Baldwin, all of Lamar, and two nephews; Christopher Pace, Eric and wife Carrie Pace, all of Salem, Missouri. 
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Barrie Pace. 
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 24, 2022, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lamar, Missouri with burial to follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Lamar.
Rosary will start at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at Daniel Funeral Home with visitation to follow from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Contributions are suggested and made payable to St. Jude's Children Hospital or St. Mary's Cemetery Association in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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#14 Lamar MOEric Lawrence 2022-03-08 02:49
I really enjoyed having Joe as a teacher, and a friend. I have so many good memories of going to State and National FFA conventions and contests. He will be missed
#13 Santa Rosa Beach, FlTerry McDonald 2022-03-03 15:34
I am so sorry for you loss. I went to Salem High School, he was a great friend. After I moved to Carthage we reconnected and Joe and I would talk about our high school and army days. He will be missed.
#12 Appleton City, MoBill Berry 2022-02-28 18:21
Mr Pace was my favorite teacher through my entire education. Worked for him through the summers in high school. Always had a smile on his face! Sorry for your loss to Mrs Pace and the family. Going to miss you Joe!
#11 LamarAmanda Blanchard 2022-02-28 14:34
I did not know Joe but I graduated with his daughter, Jennifer. I am so sorry for your loss Jennifer. Prayers for the family.
#10 Lamar, MissouriJim O’Neal 2022-02-25 02:55
Kathy: My condolences to you and your family. Always enjoyed visiting with Joe.
#9 Lamar, MoAlan Washburn 2022-02-24 19:48
Joe was such an interesting person to talk to. He always has an interesting and usually humorous slant on the topic of discussion. It was always a pleasure to visit with him. I will miss him. My deepest sympathy to family and friends.
#8 DenmarkThomas Hansen 2022-02-24 00:28
Joe ment the world to me.
Took me under his wings in a new family.
Kathy. So sorry for your loss...
#7 Monett, Mo.Robert McGuire 2022-02-23 20:29
I'll never forget running into Joe while we were both in the service in Germany. Even though we had never met, before, it felt good to visit with someone from home and who knew some of the same people and places. He was a wonderful person. He will be missed.
#6 LAMARLarry @Carolyn Isaac 2022-02-23 17:27
Will mist see him at Church .Alway enjoy the vist
#5 SAINT CHARLES MOPaul Maledy 2022-02-23 14:08
My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Joe was a longtime friend. I am going to miss or long phone talks. I knew I would be in for a lot of laughs.

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