Rex E. Odle, 85, of Danville passed away Aug. 16, 2017, at Hawthorn Inn in Danville.
He was born May 3, 1932, at home in Ridgeville, Ind., to Lee and Melba Odle. They preceded him in death, along with his wife of 58 years, Jayne (Davisson) Odle.
He is survived by his daughters, Kathy (Roger) Reeves of Carmel, Ind., Debbie Meador of Carbondale, Ill., Connie (Dave) Park of Lenzburg, Ill., and Beth (Mike) Vade Bon Coeur. Other survivors include his seven grandchildren, Patrick and Sean Reeves, Will and Audrey Meador, Georgia Park and Amanda and Ryan Vade Bon Coeur; his sister, Marilyn (Wendell) Cooprider; his brother, Morris (Barbara) Odle; and his sister-in-law, Marilyn Davisson.
Rex grew up on a farm and attended a small high school. His favorite childhood memory centers around the success of his high school basketball team; watching the movie "Hoosiers" never failed to bring tears to his eyes.
He graduated from Purdue University where he had been a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and Army ROTC. He served in the Army from 1954-1957. He made sure that his children and grandchildren were aware of the fictitious Battle of Waikiki Beach that occurred during the time he was stationed in Hawaii.
Rex and Jayne met following a basketball game at Ball State and married later the same year.
Rex worked 18 years for Lebanon/Agrico Chemical Company. This likely was the root of his passion for maintaining his lawn. He sold Moore Farm Buildings for a short while before entering the field of real estate. While in real estate, he became one of the partners in the United Brokers Company. He was very earnest about his claim that he never sold a single house; instead, he helped his customers to find the home that suited their needs. He finished his working career in real estate appraising where he started his own businesses, First Appraisals and Premier Appraisals.
During the 47 years he lived in Danville, Rex was an active member of St. James United Methodist Church, serving on numerous committees. He had hoped to live long enough to be able to see the completion of the current renovation project at St. James. For a time, Rex was active in Scottish Rite. He enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and Faith in Action.
Rex took great pride and joy in his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren. Although Jayne had been the ring leader, Rex was always by her side at every concert and athletic event they attended. Events that pitted Purdue against the Illini presented special issues given that his four daughters all were Illinois graduates. However, there was no wavering when it came to supporting the Danville Vikings.
He was a strong advocate for working hard; he was happiest when actively involved in solving a problem. Although he left the family farm, he always felt a special connection to others with farm backgrounds.
A celebration of Rex's life will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion, Danville, with Pastor Justin Snider officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion, Danville. Entombment will take place at Sunset's Swan Court Chapel Mausoleum.
Memorials can be made in Rex's memory to St. James United Methodist Church. Please join Rex's family in sharing photos, videos and memories on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on August 16, 2017