Lyall S. Rex, 89, passed away on February 22, 2018 at Clifton Springs Hospital.
Lyall was the seventh of eight children born to Charles S. and Elena (Shoultice) Rex. He was born in Wayland, NY on January 9, 1929, the year that the Great Depression started. His father was killed in a tree-cutting accident when Lyall was just a toddler, and his mother was pregnant with their eighth child. His mother died when he was a teenager, and he and two of his brothers went to live with a sister and brother-in-law in Naples. In 1948 he graduated from Naples High School, after which he enlisted in the Air Force, serving from 1950-1954. Lyall was very proud of his service. He was stationed in England during the Korean war, serving as a staff sergeant over a group of men who guarded A bombs. He often marveled at the amount of devastation that something about the size of a car could do.
Lyall enjoyed playing on the company baseball team when his children were young, and later took up golf for a time. He moved to Palmyra, Ellen's hometown, after they were married, buying a house across the street from homes which had an airfield behind them. This field is where he obtained his pilot's license, satisfying his life-long love of flying. He and other guys in the neighborhood used to get together on Saturdays at a local restaurant for coffee, something of which he spoke fondly in later years. One of those neighbors, who still lives there, commented often on what a great neighbor Lyall was. He was a kind man who was always willing to help out, and he had a warm smile that lit up his face and made his bright blue eyes sparkle!
Lyall also always loved a drive in the country, so he very much enjoyed his 13-year retirement job of driving cars to and from auctions all over the state for a local car dealer. He was a big fan of the Mets and Syracuse Big Orange basketball.
For many years the last four surviving brothers, Lyall, John, Carl and Charlie, would gather once a month to enjoy a breakfast together so they didn't lose touch. They kept up this tradition through December of 2017, despite losing two brothers, letting Carl's wife Bert and Lyall's daughter Linda make up the foursome, with other family joining in from time to time.
Lyall is survived by daughter Linda Rex Childs of Prattsburgh, NY; son and his family, David and Jill Rex and their son Jason of Augusta, Michigan; brother and sister-in-law Carl and Roberta Rex of Naples, NY; sister-in-law Mary Lou Rex of Kansas; first wife and mother of his children, G. Jean Rex Bohacket of Alabama; various in-laws; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lyall was predeceased by his second wife, Ellen (Turner) Rex, who died just 6 weeks before he did, on January 12, 2018, also at Clifton Springs Hospital. In addition, he was predeceased by his other six siblings.
Lyall and Ellen were devoted to each other, so much so that they will be laid to rest together in a joint graveside service 2 pm, Friday, May 18th in Clearview Cemetery in N. Cohocton, with full military honors for Lyall. Light refreshments will be served to family and friends after the service, at Edgerton's Party House, 8600 Rte. 21 in Naples. Arrangements are with Baird-Moore Funeral Home, Naples.