Howard W. Rex

Howard W. Rex

Howard passed away Monday, November 3, 2014 in Allegan.

Mr. Rex was a lifelong resident of Otsego and was born March 26, 1923, the son of Walter and Evelyn (Tyler) Rex. He served his country in the US Army during World War II. For 44 years Hi worked in sales for Michigan Cottage Cheese until his retirement in 1983. Together with his brother Harry they operated Rex Brothers Well Drilling. On November 25, 1953 in Bryan, Ohio he married Thelma Shiflea who passed away in 2004. Howard enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, and spending winters in Florida. Most of all he loved his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his daughters, Jackie (David) Dutton of Otsego and Susan Paolella of Florida; grandchildren, Chad (Nicki) Dutton, Geoff (Debbie) Hayes and Jammie (Matt) Dunklee; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife; children, Sally Girling and Stephen Rex; son-in- law, Anthony Paolella; siblings, Raymond, Robert, Harry and Glenn Rex, Marguerite Thompson and an infant brother.

Cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Military honors by VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Howard may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Sherry Schumaker says:

    My dear Jackie and family, we are so sorry for this very difficult loss and the pain you are left to deal with. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are being sent to you and ask that God bring you peace and comfort.

    Sherry & Ken Schumaker
    Tera & Chuck Kinnane

  2. Rich & Judy Haugh says:

    Jackie, Dave & Family – our prayers and sympathies to each of you. May your love of God, love for each other and fond memories see you through this period of grief.

  3. Larry & Kathi Fuss says:

    Sending our thoughts and prayers to all the Dutton family! God Bless!!

  4. Tammy Thompson-Drake says:

    Our Prayers are with you all, so very sorry. God Bless each and everyone of you, may God send you peace and comfort!

  5. Lennie Borgman says:

    Jackie, Dave, and Family,

    My heart goes out to all of you. I have very fond memories of Hi and Thelma and will always smile when I think of them.

  6. Susan (Jerrett) Sawasky says:

    Dear Jackie, Dave and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.
    Your are in my thoughts and prayers/ I know you have
    many good memories of him.
    Susan Sawasky

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