Rex L. Ward, 70, of Springfield, Ill., formerly of Belleville, Ill., and Washington, Ind., born Jan. 2, 1942, in East St. Louis, Ill., died on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Ill.
Rex retired from CSX (formerly B & O) Railroad after 42 years as an engineer. He was a US Army
veteran. Mr. Ward was a member of Triple Lodge No. 835 A.F. & A.M. of Granite City, Ill., Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, American Legion Post 121, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 414 of Washington, Ind., and the VFW
Post No. 3321 of Washington, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Avery Victor and Lucy Marie, nee Walker, Ward; a brother, James Ward; and two sisters, Carol Ann Houser and Doris Burkhead.
Surviving are his wife, Jeannie, nee Bodendieck Ward; a daughter, Linda Ward Tewell of Springfield, Ill.; three sons, Mark (Bonnie) Ward of Washington, Ind., Matt (Cis) Ward of Springfield, Ill., and David (Angela) Ward of Washington, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Ben (Donna) Ward of Granite City, Ill.; and sister, Nancy (Chuck) Hahne of Creve Coeur, Mo.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill. The Sangamon County Sheriff's Department will post a guard of honor during visitation. Triple Lodge No. 835 A.F. & A.M. of Granite City will conduct Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. at the mortuary.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Kassly Mortuary Chapel, Fairview Heights, Ill., with the Rev. Brian Bodendieck officiating. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
KASSLY MORTUARY, Fairview Heights, Ill.