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The Carthage Press
  • Willie Eugene Pankratz


  • Willie Eugene Pankratz, 63, Mt. Vernon, Mo., passed away May 29, 2012 at the Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo.


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  • Willie Eugene Pankratz, 63, Mt. Vernon, Mo., passed away May 29, 2012 at the Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo.

    Willie Eugene Pankratz was born Dec. 9, 1948 in Carthage, the son of the late Willie Pankratz, Jr. and Ethel Gully Pankratz. He attended Carthage public schools, entering the U.S. Marine Corp in 1967.

    He was retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after two years of service in Vietnam with a permanent physical disability. Willie was awarded a Silver Star and a Purple Heart for his duty in Vietnam. After retirement he received training in electronics and was involved in television and computer repair. Willie loved to hunt and fish along with collecting coins and eagle statues.

    Survivors include a sister; Sheila Spor, West Des Moines, Iowa; a brother, Darrell (Tammie) Pankratz, St. Joseph, Mo., and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Gail Jones.

    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Knell Mortuary, Carthage, Mo. Minister Shawn DeGraff will officiate. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage.

    Full military rites will be presented at the graveside. Services are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage, Mo.

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