Dace, Jr., Benton Willard

Date: Monday, November 16, 2020
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Oak Grove Cemetery, Lonedell, MO

Memorials / Donations:
Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International or St. Clair Nursing Center Activities Department.


Benton Willard Dace Jr., of St. Clair, MO, known and loved as “Dace”, and his dad always called him “June”, departed this life in St. Clair on November 12, 2020, having reached the age of eighty-eight years, eleven months and twelve days. Dace was born in Springfield, IL, on November 25, 1931, son of Benton W. Dace Sr. and Molly Lucille Dace nee Hale. On July 28, 1951, he was united in marriage to Myra Floy King, known to all as Tiny, and seven children came to bless this union.

Dace is survived by four sons, Danny Dace and wife, Jennifer, of Cuba, MO, Kevin Dace and wife Pamela, of St Clair, MO, and Bradley Dace and Marty Dace, both of St Clair; by two daughters, Pamela Dace and Kimberly Marler, both of St Clair; by his sister, Nancy Baggett nee Richards of Sutter, CA, by sister and brother-in-law, Jim and Lois Ealer, of St. Clair; by fourteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Dace was preceded in death by his parents, Benton Willard Dace Sr and Molly Lucille Dace Gomez; by his wife, Tiny Dace; by one son, Stacey Dace; by one grandson, Jeremiah Dace; by one son-in-law, Louis Marler, known to many as Doodle; and by two sisters, Bernice Scott and Edith Hill: by one brother, Ceford Allen Richards, known to all as Allen, and by two step-fathers, Ceford Richards and Arnold Gomez.

Dace was a Christian and member of The Ridge Baptist Church in Villa Ridge, MO. He was a past member and Deacon of First Baptist Church in St Clair, MO. During his working career, he was a mechanic at McFarland’s Skelly station St. Clair, bought his own cab and collected fares in St. Clair and drove the ambulance for Kitchell funeral home. He also worked for the franklin county sheriff’s office as a dispatcher for H. Bill Miller, sheriff. He even worked as a short order cook at the Flying Saucer cafe in Union, MO. He later joined the carpet layers union, laying carpet in St louis and St Clair for many years. In 1992, Dace and Tiny opened their own flooring company, Dace Flooring Company, in St Clair. They served the community for many years until they retired in 2004. Dace was always working, determined to keep his family together and fed, clothed and sheltered, because it was something he never experienced as a child. He liked to go fishing and camping with his family and many wonderful memories were created. He loved bluegrass and especially liked listened to his family when they played. He was very supportive of his children and grandchildren when they were participating in sporting events and other school functions. What meant most to him was time spent with his family.

A loving and devoted father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in- law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St Clair, MO, with the Rev. Fred Banderman officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Lonedell, Mo. Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International or to St. Clair Nursing Center Activities Department.