Jimmie Lee Pace

September 23, 1946 - November 26, 2018

Jimmie's Obituary

U.S. Veteran  

Jimmie Lee “Snake” Pace, age 72 of Columbus, Kansas, passed away at his home unexpectedly, November 26, 2018.

He was born to John C. and Margie (Guy) Pace in Columbus, on September 23, 1946.  He attended 12 years of school and then Labette Community College on a basketball scholarship. Jimmie married Donna Rae Callow 52 years ago on February 10, in Miami, Oklahoma.  She survives of the home.  In addition to serving our country in the United States Army from 1966-1971, Jim held other occupations as well, before working at BF Goodrich, where he was the youngest elected union representative in the history of the company, at only 26 years old.  He stayed there for 17 years.  He was forever adamant about rooting for the underdog and their rights.  He then went on to own and operate his own businesses.  The Titan Stop and “The Office” before relocating to Wichita, Kansas to open and partner in Sonic’s, before retiring with Cessna.  Jimmie was a 32nd Degree Mason, and Shriner Mirza Temple; also holding a continuous 50 year membership with the American Legion. 

In addition to his wife Donna, Jimmie is survived by a son: Michael Pace (wife:Renee) (daughters: Halee and Kamree Pace); daughter Kimberly (Pace) Perry (daughters: Abbey and Emily Peterson, Landrey Perry); brothers: John Pace and Mike Pace (wife: Joyce); brother-in-law Terry Callow; and 5 grandchildren; along with a host of many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son: James C. (Bird) Pace; Son-in-law: Gordon Peterson; Grand-daughter Madalyne Glen Perry; his parents; and in-laws: Glen and Florence (Meriaux) Callow.

He was “larger than life.”  You could often find him around town in his black truck making his rounds.  He cared deeply for his family, and never wanted them to want or do without anything. 

Many lifelong friendships and memories have been made from racing cars on West Maple to the Pool Hall Days.
Cremation arrangements are being handled by Derfelt Funeral Home.  The family will host a memorial service on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 2:00 PM, at the First Christian Church in Columbus.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, and will be used for community endeavors in the future.  

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