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Ernest "Ernie" Billington Jr., age 87, of Joplin, Mo., passed away at 4:30 a.m. Monday, November 20, 2017, at the Communities of Wildwood.
Ernie was born October 6, 1930, in Carthage, Mo., and had lived in the Carthage-Joplin area most of his life. He was employed with W. R. Grace Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1989. Following his retirement, he worked for ICI Explosives for six years, retiring in 1995.
Ernie served his country in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He was a member of the Carl Junction Christian Church. Ernie enjoyed fishing, and was an avid K.C. Chiefs fan.
Ernie married Aldena Schooley February 7, 1975, in Joplin. She survives.
Additional survivors include three daughters, Jan Cortez and husband, Cedric, Carthage, Mo., Susan Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., and Vickie Kegerries and husband, Randy, Carl Junction, Mo.; one son, Chris Schooley and wife, Tara, Carl Junction; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
Memorial graveside services, with military honors, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, with Vince and Diana Coupé officiating.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory of Joplin.
Published on November 26, 2017
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