Willard "Rex" Rexroat

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Willard Rexroat 

Willard “Rex” Rexroat died peacefully in Kansas City on October 30th 2018 at the age of 96, from complications following his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Rex is survived by his son, Mark Rexroat (wife Marcia); daughter, Joy Rexroat, DVM; and grandchildren, Samuel Rexroat (Denver CO), Grace Rexroat (Houston TX) and Brittany Paddock. Rex was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Joan B.-Rexroat, and son, Jack Rexroat. (All Kansas City, unless otherwise noted.)

Rex was born in Olney, Illinois, to Britton & Velma Rexroat, on their family farm. He went to live with his Aunt Lelah and Uncle Royale Montgomery, in Topeka Kansas as a teenager. While living there, Rex graduated from Topeka high school and Washburn University, where he earned his BS in Accounting & Economics.

Rex enlisted in the Navy as a young adult and was ultimately commissioned as Lieutenant Commander Willard E. Rexroat. He served in active duty in both World War II and the Korean War. Following his second separation from active military duty for a combined total of 11 years, he served another 25 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. His military service included duty on the USS Woodson (DE-359) with tours to the Galápagos Islands, Bora Bora, New Guinea, and the Philippines.

After his years in the Navy, Rex had a long career in accounting and mortgage banking at such firms as Brelsford, Gifford and Hardesty CPA, Farmland Industries, The Fleming Company, retiring from Commerce Bank of Kansas City.

On a personal note, Rex was an avid outdoorsman. He took his family (and sometimes neighbors) on extended camping trips and summer vacations ranging from Missouri to Colorado, New Mexico and California. Family activities on camping trips included hiking, fishing, boating, and horseback riding. Our outdoor activities expanded into the Boy Scouts of America where Rex became a troop leader and supported Jack and Mark in their scouting experience. Rex was also an entrepreneur. Besides his day-job in mortgage banking, he was a private tax preparer for small businesses and an independent real estate developer of vacation homes in Lake of the Ozarks.

A small, private graveside service was held by his immediate family on November 5th at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, at West 83rd St & Quivira Rd, Lenexa, KS. Rex received Military Funeral Honors from US Navy servicemen who played taps and presented a commemorative U.S. flag to his family. Rex was interred alongside his wife, Joan.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: * Navy Marine Corps Relief Society; http://www.nmcrs.org/, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203, tel: 800-654-8364 * Alzheimer’s Association; https://alz.org/; 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601; tel: 800-272-3900

The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff of Garden Terrace of Overland Park (Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Center) for their dedication and care of Rex in his final days.

Thank you to all our friends and extended family for your prayers and support during this time. Warm regards, Mark, Joy, and Marcia.