Rex Lee Russell
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Rex Lee Russell of Fowler, passed into Heaven on Friday, April 25, 2014. He was born on July 8, 1935 to the late John and Valaria McMasters Russell. Rex married Janey Knott, daughter of the late Jim and Wandalene Knott in Marshall on August 23, 1958. Rex grew up on the family farm and graduated from Bloomingdale High School in 1953 where he was active in sports, band and vocal music. He graduated from Indiana State University with a BS and MS in Education and received an EDS from Purdue University. Rex was active in Rural Youth and won the Indiana State Fair Contest. He performed on stage for the Farm Bureau National Convention in Chicago. Rex taught sixth grade at the Fowler Elementary School for six years and then went to Earl Park as principal for the Elementary/Junior High School. In 1968 he returned to the Fowler School as Elementary Principal until his retirement in 1995. During his tenure he was recognized as Area IV Principal of the Year. After retirement he subbed as a school bus driver, and took students to sports activities and field trips. Rex was active in the Benton Community Summer Theater. In 1976 he played Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" and in 1979 he played Harold Hill in "Music Man". Rex was a member of the Fowler Rotary Club, served as song leader, president in 1984 and was presented the Paul Harris Award. He was a member of the Fowler United Methodist Church where he led singing, sang in the choir and served on many committees. When in Florida he attended and sang in the choir at the New Horizon Church.
Rex is preceded in death by an older brother, Hugh. He is survived by his wife Janey, two daughters, Deborah Russell of Livonia Michigan and Denise (David) Petrucci of Middlebury Ct., two grandsons, Michael and Matthew Petrucci, a brother, JC (Doloros) Russell of Bloomingdale, a sister-in-law, Marilyn (Harold) Thomas of Rockville, brother-in-law, Jim (Marjorie)Knott of Waveland and several nieces and nephews. Rex enjoyed traveling in his motor coach and meeting people. He enjoyed his retirement years in Florida where he was a member of the Property Owners Association at West View Ridge for three years.
A celebration of Rex's life will be held Saturday, May 17, at the Fowler United Methodist Church from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 5:00p.m. Pastor Brenda Ludwig and Pastor Peggy Good will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fowler United Methodist Church or Great Lakes Hospice Foundation. Arrangements are made by the Shoemaker Funeral Home in Otterbein.
Shoemaker Funeral Home
26 S Main St Otterbein, IN 47970
Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 30, 2014