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Rex D. Fleenor

84, died December 28, 2012 in Sun City West Arizona.

A long-time resident of Indianapolis, Mr. Fleenor was born in Alexandria Indiana March 12, 1928 to Willard and Imogene Fleenor, both deceased. He was an Eagle Scout, who attended Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville Georgia. He was a leader of student government at Indiana University, where he received a degree in Business; he also held a degree in Engineering from Purdue University. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force in Germany, upon his discharge; he founded Fleenor Auto Supply, and was involved in the automotive parts business until he retired as Founder and Chairman of Engine Essentials.

Rex was involved in many civic and charitable organizations. He was a 33rd degree Mason and Past Trustee of the Scottish Rite of Indianapolis. A long-time member of the Columbia Club, he served as President 1980-81. He was a co-founder of the Indiana University Mid-Century Club and a member of the I.U. Alumni Association. As a member of Second Presbyterian Church, he also served as a Deacon of the church. He was a Kentucky Colonel and spent many years as a Board Member and Vice President of the Indianapolis 500 Festival. He had a passion for opera, travel and adventure; he was a certified scuba diver and an avid snow skier, he was a member of Colorado's Copper Mountain Over the Hill Gang. At age 55, he successfully climbed Mt. Rainer. In later life, Rex became a devoted advocate of animal rescue; walking, fostering and adopting dogs.

His wife, Joan Fleenor; son, Rex Fleenor Jr. and sister, Emily Hodges, preceded him in death.

His wife, Beverly; daughters, Suzanne Fleenor, Allison Mellor and Kay Troxell and grandchildren, James Nelson Mellor III, and Tess and Noah Troxell, survive him. Stepchildren Blake Vance, Chanda Weston and Derek Chalfant, also survive him, as does his brother, Larry.

A celebration of his life was held in Sun City West Arizona on December 31, 2012. Donations in his memory may be made to The Scottish Rite Cathedral Foundation, 650 N. Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46204 or to the AZ Toy Breed Rescue 21066 N. 135th Ave. Sun City West AZ 85375.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 6, 2013
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