Kenneth Dee Rex, 73 of Ravenswood, WV passed away Friday, January 29, 2016 at Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina.
He was born October 20, 1942, in Flint, Michigan, a son of the late William & Luella Rex. His brother Bill Rex and sister Barbara Ellis, also proceeded him in death.
He served eight years in the Air Force and served as a civilian in Vietnam after his discharge. He was fortunate to have traveled around the world through his military service and positions of employment. He retired from Kaiser Aluminum at the age of 54, having worked in the Automated Systems Department in Ravenswood, WV and Spokane, WA. After returning to WV, he was self -employed as the owner of Network Design & Consulting.
He loved life and had interests in travel, hunting, fishing, motorcycles, photography and his pets. He became a private pilot when he was 50 years old. He flew across the United States several times and landed at over 200 different airports. He enjoyed sharing this passion with young and old by taking many people for their first airplane ride.
Family was always his first priority and he always cared for people from all walks of life, especially for those with special needs. His passion was his children and their families.
He was a recipient of a donated lung through transplant in 2014. His body was donated for research and education to Duke University.
Survivors include his wife, Kim (Vannest) Rex; son Nathan (Christi) Thompson of Clayton, NC; daughter CaSandra (Rob) Winter of Ripley, WV and his grandchildren, Keilan, Isla, Kensley, Nolan, Emily & Ethan, who were his pride and joy.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 in the Family Life Center at Waybright’s Funeral Home, Ripley, WV. Visitation with family will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a video reflection of Ken’s life and a time of shared memories at 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Service Organization (USO). He was proud to be an American and was grateful for his experiences with this organization.