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Archive for December, 2011

A Memorial Mass for William Eugene Pace, 81, West Plains, will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2011 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Pace passed away peacefully at 4:41 a.m., Saturday, December 24, 2011 at the Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri. He was born July 18, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri to Lee and Marie Hogan Pace. On April 3, 1956, he was married at St. Louis, Missouri to Eleanor Brewer. Mr. Pace was a veteran having served with the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Before his retirement, he was employed as a quality engineer with McDonnell-Douglas. Mr. Pace was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Eleanor Brewer Pace, of the family home; son, Scott Pace, wife, Peggy, Edwardsville, Illinois; daughter, Susan Bowles, husband, Dr. Richard Bowles, Jr., West Plains; daughter, Barbara Kerwin, husband, Colin, Dallas, Texas; seven grandchildren, Emily Pace, Molly Pace, Danny Meyer, Tommy Meyer, Joey Meyer, Erin Kerwin and Luke Kerwin; one brother, James Pace, wife, Elaine, Brentwood, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one granddaughter, Ann Kathryn Kerwin, two brothers, Jack and Lee Pace and three sisters, Loretta, Mary Jane and Rose, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ann Kathryn Kerwin Fund and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Graveside services for Vainis Velmar Barks, 78, West Plains, will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2011 at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Barks died 3:58 a.m., Saturday, December 24, 2011 at the Ozarks Medical Center. He was born June 22, 1933 at Knobel, Arkansas to Clarence Raymond and Flora Alice Wheat Barks. On August 8, 1951, he was married at Salem, Arkansas to Leatrice Laverne King who preceded him in death on April 16, 2006. On May 14, 2010, he married Elizabeth Burns. Mr. Barks was a veteran having served with the United States Army. He had worked for Cloud Oak, managed Cozey Grove, was employed at Chrysler in Belvidere, Illinois and retired from the City of West Plains. Mr. Barks enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball, Bluegrass music, square dancing and dirt track racing. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Barks, of the family home; his step-children, Eric Schjenken, Steven Schjenken, Elizabeth Ramirez, Sandra Wilson, Christina Babb and Donald O’Bannon, Jr. twenty-one step-grandchildren; twenty step great-grandchildren; two brothers, Orval Barks, wife, Geneva and Melvin Barks, wife, Mary Ann, both of West Plains; one sister, Mildred Warren, husband, Verdon, Pomona, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews including a special nephew, James Barks, wife, Geri, Pomona, Missouri.

His parents, his first wife, two brothers, Truel and Kenneth and four sisters, Mary, Ona, Dee Dee and his infant sister, Lois, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or Riverways Hospice and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Fredrick John Bartolomei, 62 of Cherokee Village, Arkansas died on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at his home. Born Monday, May 16, 1949, he was the son of the late Aristide Bartolomei and Ellen (Bartolomei) Puotinen. Fredrick was a Veteran and served in the US Army.

He survived by his Mother Ellen Bartolomei and his sisters, Michele Bartolomei of Cherokee Village, AR, Devra E Marchi, Gail Bartolomei and Rochelle Bartolomei.

The family will have a memorial service in the spring.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Edith (Edie) Marie Kellem, 62, of Mountain Home, passed away Friday, December 23rd at the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House.

Edie was born October 21, 1949, in Gary, Indiana to Martin and Edith Fleming Jarabek. She married Jerry Kellem on August 17, 1968, and has two sons, Martin and Randall Kellem. Edie worked 31 years with the Mountain Home Post Office. She was a member of the Eastside Baptist Church and the American Postal Workers Union. She loved her family and baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her sons Martin (Candace) and Randall (Amy) of Mountain Home; sisters Vivian Jarabek and Millie (Doug) Rockafellow of Mountain Home, Betty (Paul) Jackson, of Ames, Iowa; grandchildren Michael, Bryan and Makayla Kellem and Dusty Barnes, all of Mountain Home, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel, 2833 Hwy. 62 West in Mountain Home, on Monday, December 26, 2011 from 12-8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m.Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Eastside Baptist Church with Reverend John Gilbert officiating. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Memorial services for Thomas Allen “Tommy” Sheldon, 39, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 24, 2011, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Sheldon died at 8:55 a.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2011, near West Plains, Missouri. He was born January 13, 1972, at Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Oral “Tom” Sheldon and Sherry Brotherton. Before he was disabled, Mr. Sheldon was employed at Tony’s Tire and he loved to fish. He was a Christian.

He is survived by his parents, Sherry Collins and Oral “Tom” Sheldon, both of West Plains, Missouri; fiancé, Dawn Hensley and her children, West Plains, Missouri; four brothers, Dennis Lapekes, wife, Cindy, West Plains, Missouri, Jeff Collins, wife, Trisha, Viola, Arkansas, Doug Collins, wife, Michele, Springfield, Missouri and Joshua Sheldon, wife, Joanna, West Plains, Missouri; three sisters, Jessica Tilson, Jennifer Sheldon and Jordan Sheldon, all of West Plains, Missouri; several aunts, uncles, cousins and his friend, Randy Thompson.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Ina Brotherton, Floyd and Adaline Sheldon and Erman and Irene Collins.