Alva Raymond “Rex” Darst,
April 28, 1895 – March 2, 1988
A native of Fremont County, Rex, as he was known, was the son of
Solomon and Alice Darst. He was born on April 28, 1895, in Omaha,
Nebraska. He passed away on March 2, 1988, at the Grape Community
Hospital in Hamburg, Iowa.
As a young boy, Rex moved with
his family to Anderson, Iowa where he spent his younger years. Later he
made his home with the William Chambers family until he enlisted in the
Army in 1917. He served in World War I as a member of the 109th.
Engineers, 34th. Division. He first served in Deming, New
Mexico and then was shipped to France where he served the remainder of
his time until he returned home to be discharged in 1918, in Des
After his discharge from the
service, he settled in Percival, Iowa as a farmer. It was here that he
met Estyna A. (Tiny) Handy. They were married on February 18, 1921 and
to this union two daughters were born, Jeanne and Rosemary.
In 1938 the family moved to
Sidney, Iowa where Rex worked for the county until his retirement in
Rex had an avid interest in
sports, but his passion was baseball which he played semi-pro as a
young man. He was manager of the American Legion baseball team for many
Rex was a member of the W.W.I.
Barracks #1550, and he served as Commander, District Commander, and
Quartermaster until the Barracks was dissolved in 1980.
He was also a member of the
Sidney American Legion Post #128 since its inception in 1923. He was an
active member of the Firing Squad for many years.
Most people will remember Rex
for his faithful participation in the Sidney Rodeo where he carried the
American Legion Flag in the Grand Entry Parade until 1987 when his
health began to fail.
He was a member of the V. F. W.
Post #8410 in Sidney and served as Post Commander in 1953. After the
Sidney Post was dissolved he transferred to the Rommel-Conklin Post
#7064 in Tabor, Iowa and at the time of this death was Honorary
Commander. Rex was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and
Eagles Lodge in Nebraska City, Neb. for many years.
-source: Unknown Newspaper, Sidney, Fremont Co.,