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Rex J. Burkhead

Rex passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 at his home in Allegan.

He was born November 9, 1954 in Plainwell the son of Charles and Betty (Fuller) Burkhead. Rex had worked at Perrigo for 21 years until his retirement in 2000. He had also delivered the Flashes in Allegan for many years. In his free time he liked working with ham radios and spending time with “the gang”, his family. Rex enjoyed volunteering at DHS for over 10 years. He was a member of the National Federation of the Blind and had attended the School for the Blind.

On February 12, 1983 he married Lorna Livingston who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Norene (Paul Preston) Burkhead and son, Daniel Burkhead; special side kick, Jayce; sister, Judy Burkhead and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by parents; brother, Carl; sister, Marie and a niece and a nephew.

Friends may visit with Rex’s family starting at 11:00, Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the Merson Church in Gobles, until the time of the service at 12:00 P.M., with Pastor Alan Carson.

Private family burial will take place at Oakhill Cemetery in Orangeville.

Contributions in memory of Rex may be made to the Merson Church or the

National Federation of the Blind


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Kay Snyder

September 1, 2019 at 1:07 pm

My condolences to the family.

Rex was a great guy. I enjoyed talking with him when he road the ACT bus.


Debbie Smith

September 1, 2019 at 6:37 pm

My deepest sympathy to the family. I’m so truly sorry may he forever RIP many prayers for you all


Dorothy and Jim McNees

September 1, 2019 at 7:26 pm

Lorna and family: Sorry to hear of the pasting of Rex. May you find comfort knowing that he is not suffering any more and is at Peace.`


Kathy Pennell

September 1, 2019 at 8:49 pm

I’m so sorry. My prayers are with you all. He was a great guy.


Joseph Forstner

September 2, 2019 at 8:39 am

I have known Rex for 45 to 50 years. We met on my dad’s Blueberry Farm back in the 70’s. I worked with him on the lines at Perrigo. We bowled together on a bowling league. I have not seen Rex for several years but have always considered him my friend. He was a great person and I always admired Rex for his hard work ethic to provide for his family. He could have sat at home because of his blindness but he chose to work. Other people would have given up on life, but not Rex. He was an inspiration to all that new him. He was a good friend and I will miss him until the day that we meet again.


Mary Lober

September 2, 2019 at 1:12 pm

Dear Lorna and family, so very sorry for your loss. You two made a great team. He will be missed.


Karen Carter

September 2, 2019 at 6:17 pm

Thank you Rex for being a great friend. Thank you Jesus for your comfort and peace during this time of mourning. In the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit. Amen


Katheryn Menck

September 2, 2019 at 9:42 pm


So sorry to hear that you lost your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you


Mary Eagleson

September 3, 2019 at 6:35 pm

To my dear friend Lorna Burkhead,

My heart will be there with you tomorrow as you say goodbye to you beloved husband and father of your children.

I am so sorry for your loss Lorna, and to tell the truth I am lost for words and that doesn’t happen very often.

May God look over you and protect you all.


Alice Bitzel Stankey

September 3, 2019 at 6:57 pm

Lorna and Family,

So sorry to hear about the loss of Rex. I pray for peace and comfort for you during this time and the months to come.


Sandra Campbell

September 4, 2019 at 12:08 pm

So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers from your friends in Kentucky


Vickie Handley Rolison

September 4, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Lorna and family: I am so sad to hear of Rex’s passing. May he rest in peace, and may God provide you with comfort and support at this time of mourning. I went to school with Rex, and I remember Rex and Lorna attending NFB conventions. Rex was always happy, smiling, and a pleasure to be around. He will be missed. Wish I could attend the service for him and you Lorna, but I live in Arizona now. Please know mine, and my husband’s thought and prayers are with you. Blessings!


Kelly Peterson

September 5, 2019 at 11:12 am

Dear Lorna and family I am so deeply sorry for your loss.. Rex will always be remembered, thoughts and prayers for all of you!!


Norma Knowlton

September 5, 2019 at 5:33 pm

I’m so sorry for yor loss. Rex was quite a guy. I remember all the time he worked at the workshop without ever complaining about whatever I asked him to do. He would dump product or make boxes all day long no matter what. I wish more people had his work ethics, so you can always be proud of what a hard worker and a good provider he was. He will be missed. RIP my friend.


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