Graveside memorial services will be held for Captain Robert Alan Rex on July 25, 1996 at 2 p.m. at the Randolph Cemetery, Randolph, Utah.
Captain Rex has been listed as missing in action since his F-105 aircraft was shot down over Laos on December 8, 1968. Recent excavation of the crash site yielded parts of the F-105 and remains identified by DNA testing as those of Captain Rex.Captain Rex was born February 17, 1942 to Robert and Pearl Rex. A resident of Randolph, Utah, he graduated from South Rich High School in 1960. He graduated in 1966 from Brigham Young University with a bachelor degree in agriculture economics. He was named Outstanding Senior Student in his college. He married Patricia O'Malley in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 22, 1962. He joined the Air Force Reserve in 1960 and in September 1966 entered Officers Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas. He completed pilot training at Laughlin AFB, Texas in February 1968 where he received the Outstanding Pilot Award with his Silver Wings.
After completion of pilot training and F-105 transition training, he left for service in Southeast Asia on September 30, 1968, where he was stationed in Thailand. Captain Rex was shot down while flying a day operational mission.
Captain Rex was an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and active in the Priesthood, MIA and Sunday School organizations.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, Spanish Fork; daughter, Sheri Johnson, Lindon, Utah and daughter, Marilee Moon of Payson, Utah and seven grandchildren. Other survivors include his mother, Pearl Rex-Hartzell, Orem; brothers and sisters, Ronald Dee Rex, Brigham City; Nina Marie Christensen, Orem; Douglas L. Rex, Salt Lake City; Steven G. Rex, Laketown; Darlene Wightman, Murray; Bettie Armstrong, Ogden; Curtis R. Rex, Evanston; Charmaine Kearl, Nebraska and Julie Allen, Mapleton. His father Robert R. Rex died in 1985 and a brother, Norman Dale Rex, died in 1962.
Captain Rex was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross, posthumously. Rich High School honors the outstanding senior football play with the Captain Robert Alan Rex award, a scholarship fund in memory of Captain Rex has been established at Brigham Young University, the BYU ROTC gives their most outstanding scholar the Robert Alan Rex award, Hill Air Force Base named their athletic field in his honor, "The Rex Athletic Field", and a Freedom Tree at BYU campus has a plaque with his name.
Graveside services will include honors presented by Hill Air Force Base Honor Guard, including 21 Gun Salute and Taps. There will also be an F-16 Jet fly-by in a Missing Man Eulogy. Family and friends are welcome to attend. No flowers please.
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