D. Rex Medders, 87, of Mt. Vernon, died 4:43 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Nature Trail Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Monday, June 28, 1926, in rural Opdyke in Jefferson County, the son of Melville and Vivian (Combs) Medders. He married Evangeline Tamez on Aug. 31, 1951, in Corinth, Miss., and she preceded him in death on July 30, 1997.
Rex was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, who served as a baker second class aboard the landing craft repair ship USS Amphitrite (ARL 29). Following his naval service, he was a repair service manager for Montgomery Ward and later worked for Holloway Heating and AC in Mt. Vernon. He was a member of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1376 and Turner Roehm AMVETS Post 4. He was of the Protestant faith. He is survived by stepdaughter, Stella “Susie” Stewart of Ballwin, Mo.; two stepgrandsons, Brad Stewart and wife Tamara of Wildwood, Mo. and Dan Stewart and wife Kimberly of Defiance, Mo.; stepsister, Ada Hall of Mt. Vernon; two great-grandsons, Parker and Preston Stewart; and three great-granddaughters, K-Leigh, Beverly and Stella Stewart. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and one stepson, Orla Lashbrook.
Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Opdyke Cemetery in Opdyke with Chaplain Ernie Collins officiating. Members of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 will conduct full military honors at the cemetery. Interment will be at Opdyke Cemetery in Opdyke. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Members of the Mt. Vernon American Legion and V.F.W. members will conduct a walk-through service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.