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313 Center St.
ASHLAND, OH 44805
Phone: 419-281-2566, 1-800-430-2566
Fax: 419-281-4411
Leonard Rex

Leonard Wayne Rex

Saturday, January 18th, 1941 - Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
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1941-2020

Leonard Wayne Rex of Ashland went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2020, at the age of 79.

Leonard Wayne Rex Jr. was born to Leonard and Eva (Aldrich) Rex in Olean, New York. After graduating from Little Valley High School in 1959, he enlisted into the United States Navy, spending three years aboard the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk Aircraft Carrier. He served as an Aviation Structural Mechanic (Hydraulic) Petty Officer 2nd Class in Fighter Squadron 114 during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. His favorite memory was when the ship was visited by John F. Kennedy, who loved the crew enough to extend his stay. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he worked for McDonnell Douglas, the American aerospace manufacturing corporation in San Diego. He advanced his career into oil production with Quaker State Oil Company, Beldon Blake, and R.A. Miller.

His career in oil led him to Red Haw, Ohio, where he found the love of his life. On December 10, 1977, he married Rebecca Jane McFadden in Jellico, Tennessee. Together they built a home to raise their family and welcome anyone in need of a warm meal or safe place. He was an active father, coaching soccer, teaching Sunday School, and supporting his children in their endeavors.

Len was an avid woodworker, creating beautiful pieces for his family. He was a notorious tease, always joking with family members and friends, never meeting a stranger. He thrived on working outside, doing yard work, mowing, and gardening to provide for his family. Len and Rebecca attended Grace Brethren Church and were a part of the Wings Adult Bible Fellowship. Len had a reputation as a dedicated prayer warrior for both his family and his friends.

Leonard was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, father Leonard, and his sister Linda (Jim) Martorell. He is survived by mother, Eva Ellis, wife, Rebecca, his children Laurie (Eric) Cellar, Lisa (Michael) Walter, Leisa (Tom) Foley, Jeremy (Jessica) Hockenberry, Scott Rex, and Seth (Tara) Rex. His grandchildren Morgan and Bailey Walter, McKenzie (Aaron) Davis, Matthew (Casey) Cellar, Roman Rex, Sophia Palmer, Journee Hockenberry, Aidyn, Hudson, Sullivan, and Harrison Rex, and Briah Peterson. His three great-grandchildren Silas Maine, Elijah Childs, Luca Childs, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to the current national limitations with COVID-19, there will not be a public service. A celebration of life service will be led by Pastor Larry White for immediate family only, with interment at the Ashland County Memorial Park. Online condolences can be shared at denbowfh.com and are appreciated by the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to SEEDnet, a church planting organization, P.O. Box 1229 Ashland, OH 44805 or www.goseednet.com.
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Service Details

  • Private Family Services will be observed

    Saturday, March 21st, 2020 |
    When
    Saturday, March 21st, 2020
    Location
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home 313 Center St. Ashland, Ohio 44805
    Address
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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    Officiant
    Pastor Larry White
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 21st, 2020 |
    When
    Saturday, March 21st, 2020
    Location
    Ashland County Memorial Park
    Address
    Address Not Available
    ashland, OH 44805
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  • American
  • US Navy

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Randall Shank

Posted at 10:06am
Great man raises great family. Love ya bro.

Randy
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Jane Matz

Posted at 03:54pm
Becky, Remeber Len with much fondness, Such a positive outlook, great work ethic. Have thought of him frequently. I'm positive there are many irreplaceable memories to sustain. My prayers for you and family. (I know you most likely have residents you will never forget, Len is on of my unforgettables)
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Craig Wiley

Posted at 08:20am
Beck and family,

Our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. Len was a wonderful man and a blessing to everyone who knew him!

Ron, Sally, Craig, Scott, Katy and Kyle
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Rhonda Stroup

Posted at 07:00pm
Scott, Roman and family,

Scott, although we never met your Dad what an amazing Patriot and Father he was. A real American Hero. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Rhonda and Keith
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Cindy Baughman

Posted at 06:58pm
We at Ashland County Council On Aging want to express our deepest sympathy to Lenny's Family. He was so sweet and appreciative of our service that we provided to him. He liked going to Home Depot. Although we didn't get to see him as much this last year, we will surely miss him.
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