Gary M. Pace of Joplin, Mo., died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at St. Johnís Regional Medical Center in Joplin after an illness. He was 60.

Mr. Pace was born Feb. 17, 1948, in Miami to Charles and Evelyn Maxine (Perry) Pace. He lived in Carthage, Mo., for 30 years before moving to Joplin.

He was a self-employed real estate agent and a member of St. Paulís United Methodist Church in Joplin.

Survivors include one son and his wife, Michael and Jennifer Pace of Joplin; his mother, of Joplin; one brother, Jack Pace of Joplin; three sisters, Sherri Frazier of Joplin, Terri Evans of Cottondale, Ala., and Karen Sue Metts of Bella Vista, Ark., and two granddaughters, Breanna Pace and Rachel Pace of Joplin.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paulís United Methodist Church in Joplin. The Rev. Aaron Brown will officiate.

Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, northwest of Treece, Kan.

Pallbearers will be Todd McCoy, Dustin Borland, Randy Dubry, Kris Garrett, Kavin Thomas and Bill Thomas.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Paulís Methodist Church in Joplin.

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Picher.