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Jackie “Jack” Earl Polete, age 80 of Nixa, Missouri, walked up to the gates of Heaven, Sunday morning, March 20, 2022.

Jack was a wonderful husband, brother, uncle, dad, and pop to his family; he will be greatly missed. After retirement from a career in the trucking industry, Jack enjoyed working part-time at a local pharmacy, up until the time of his passing.

Jack is survived by his wife of 57 years, Maxine; daughters Kim, of Nixa; Jackie Polete of Houston TX; Kristy (Rodney) Gary of Nixa, his buddy and grandson, Carter of Nixa; granddaughters Randi (Troy) Van Eck of Lincoln, NE, Ricki (Manuel) Gary of Lincoln, NE; great-grandchildren Faith, Adriana, Noah, Isaac, Elijah, and Amelia; all of Lincoln, NE. He is also survived by his sisters Carol “Joan” (Carl) Fletcher of Springfield, Jeanine S. (Carl) Jones of Nixa, Janet E. Polete of Springfield and his brother-in-law Donald E. (Judy) Fletcher, plus a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services with full military honors will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 25, 2022, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.

Reverend Mark Wright will be officiating with services conducted by Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri. The Missouri Veterans Cemetery is located at 5201 S. Southwood Road, Springfield, Missouri.

A Celebration of Life and luncheon will be held for family and friends at James River Church, immediately following at 11:00 A.M. located at 6100 N. 19th Street, Ozark, Missouri. Online condolences may be shared at

In lieu of flowers: monetary contributions can be made to Maxine Polete 423 S. Devonshire St. Nixa, MO 65714