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WARDEN, REX Rex Warden, 87, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2012, after a brief illness. He was born in Blockton, Iowa, in 1924 and later moved to Wyoming where he attended high school and college before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He married Jean Milam in 1947 during his flight training in San Antonio, TX. An Air Force officer, Rex was selected for the USAF/US Navy Exchange Program, flying a total of 150 missions in the Korean War, including 20 missions while assigned to the VF-51 Fighter Squadron aboard the USS Valley Forge in the Sea of Japan. His military service decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he embarked upon a long and successful career in the aerospace industry, beginning as a test pilot for Convair (now General Dynamics) and retiring as the Chief Corporate Operations Officer of Aerojet General Corporation in 1989. Rex was a resident of Rancho Santa Fe for the last 25 years, after living in the California cities of Fair Oaks and Claremont earlier in his career. An avid golfer, Rex was a longtime member of the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. He and Jean were also active in the Village Church of Rancho Santa Fe. He is survived by wife Jean, daughters Kate and Carol, grandson Scott (Claudia) Salzler, and great-grand-daughter, Amelia. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Village Church, P.O. Box 704, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, or San Diego Hospice Foundation, 4311 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 25, 2012
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