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Rex Abner Persinger 1922 - 2020

SMOTHERS, PERSINGER, LABRUNE

Posted By: Connie Swearingen- Volunteer (email)
Date: 12/26/2020 at 01:40:57

Sioux City Journal
7 October 2020

Rex A. Persinger

Hornick, Iowa

Rex Abner Persinger, 98, of Hornick, passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Rush Family Care Service in Onawa, Iowa, with the Rev. Catie Newman officiating. (Social distancing measures must be followed due to COVID-19 restrictions and masks are encouraged.) Burial will be in Grant Township Cemetery, rural Ticonic, Iowa. Military rites will be provided by the American Legion Emery Johnson Post 481 of Whiting, Iowa, and the U.S. Army Air Force. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Rex Abner Persinger was born on Feb. 13, 1922, in Ticonic, the son of Abner Lewis and Maude Roselene (Smothers) Persinger. He grew up in the Grant Center area and graduated from Hornick High School in 1938. He went on to Grand Island College for business/accounting and graduated in 1942. Rex worked a couple of years at the Federal Building in Washington, D.C., before joining the U.S. Army Air Force. He typed various forms in the Treasury Department and did filing work. He worked with the payroll clerks, and assisted in posting all disbursements to ledger.

Rex served with the 1561st Army Air Force Base Unit in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He spent nine months overseas. As a clerk, he performed a variety of clerical duties such as handling all correspondence, special reports, payrolls, and some personnel work. Rex maintained a classified file of all correspondence and government reports and orders. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, and Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon. He served from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1946.

Rex and Rose Marie (LaBrune) Persinger were united in marriage on April 24, 1946, at the Persinger family farm. They spent many years together on the farm working side by side and raising their children.

Rex was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed working with wood and making lots of items for his family and friends. He was a member of the Ticonic United Methodist Church, and the American Legion Emery Johnson Post 481 for 76 years.

Survivors include his two sons, Rex C. Jr. (Sarah) Persinger of Hornick, and Mark L. Persinger of Hornick; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Ardis Christofferson of Onawa; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie Persinger; his parents, Abner and Maude (Smothers) Persinger; and two daughters-in-law, Brenda Persinger and Kathleen Persinger.


 

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