Rex W. Charles, 87, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2008, at Christian Health Care Center, in Nevada, following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Charles, of Nevada, two brothers, Roy Charles of Horton, Mo., and Ramon Charles of Raymore, Mo., and one half brother Fred Charles, of Nevada.
Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Linda Charles Scammell and Charles Scammell, of Richards, and Elizabeth Charles Perrin and Paul Perrin, of Nevada, two sons and their wives, Joseph and Georgia Charles, of Nevada, and Thomas and Diana Charles, of Richards. Survivors also include one sister-in-law, Gwen Charles of Raymore Mo.; two nieces, Charlotte Pfefer of Belton, Mo., and Barbara McDougal of Wichita, Kan.
Also surviving are 12 grandchildren; Angela and Kyle Johnson, of Plano, Texas, Patrick Scammell, of Nevada, Mo., Paul and Kerrie Murphy, of Sheldon, Mo., Mike and Vicky Perrin, of Nevada, Linda and Gary Hays, of Parkville, Mo., Leva and Tim Richmond, of Nevada, Lori and Jim Chandler, of Nevada, Clay and Lisa Charles, of Milo, Mo., Tami and Shane Smith, of Nevada, Adam Charles, of Richards, Allison Folbre, of Springfield, Brady Folbre, of Richards.
Survivors also include 25 great-grandchildren, Alicia, Ryan, Landon, Kara, Soni, Cheyenne, Amber, Brandi, Devin, Matthew, Megan, Jarred, Jenna, Nathan, Anthony, MaKayla, Torie, Caleb, Abbi, Hunter, Hayden, Hailey, Ryan, Treysen and Talan.
Rex was a member of Rinehart Christian Church, Richards, and before that a long time member of the First Christian Church in Nevada, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, deacon, and elder.
Rex retired from the Nevada Post Office where he was the Assistant Post Master after 20 years of service there to his home in Nevada and spent the last six years of his life in his home on the family farm in Richards. He was also World War II disabled veteran, receiving a purple heart, POW and MIA in Germany.
He was active in Eastern Star for many years and served as Worthy Grand Patron. He had many interests other than Eastern Star, which he remained active in, including world events, politics, and history. He also was a great fan of the old westerns, which he enjoyed until the end of his life.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. A masonic service will be held Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., with visitation until 7 p.m., at Evergreen Memorial Chapel.