Rex Rickels, 88, died Friday, April 9, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, April 14, 2021 at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church, rural Monticello with interment in the Wayne Zion Cemetery.
Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until service time at the church. Pastor Wade Reddy officiated. You may also sign the guestbook or leave a condolence.
Rex Henry Rickels was born March 10, 1933 in Anamosa. He was the son of Clarence and Martha Behnken, Rickels. He received his education in the rural schools near Amber. He worked as a farm hand before serving in the United States Army during the Korean War. Rex served in the Dog Platoon in the 2nd Infantry. His K9 was Lance. He returned home and married Phyllis Achey on Jan. 8, 1956 at the Methodist Church in Tipton. Rex drove a Redi Mix Truck at Lost Nation, Master Mix Feed Truck and then they farmed near Wyoming. He also worked at Big Bills in Wyoming as a truck driver then. In March 1968 they purchased a farm near Martelle. In 1976 he purchased the Olin Corners Restaurant at the corners of highway 64 and 38 north of Olin. He then returned to truck driving until he retired. In retirement Rex and Phyllis lived near the Monticello airport and Rex got acquainted with the J.B. Holland Company from Decorah that was updating the airport. He ended up operating heavy equipment for them until 2016 when his health caused him to retire for good.
Rex enjoyed taking Phyllis for a drive through the countryside, going out to eat, dancing, telling stories, teaching grandkids, playing jokes/tricks on others, laughing and going gambling. He in his younger years loved to hunt pheasants, coyotes, fox and racoons with his brothers.
Surviving is his wife, Phyllis; four children: Mark (Donna), Hoover, Ala., Mike (Deb Perkins), Wyoming, Ranae (Scott) Rickels, Morrison, Ill., Sue (Larry) Ehrisman, Monticello; eight grandchildren: Brandon, Nick, Kerri, Austin, Evan, Ethan, Kelsey, Thomas and Mallory; seven great-grandchildren; and his siblings: Roger (Kathy), Morley, David (Dixie), Anamosa, Merle, Olin, Darrell, Harlingen, Texas, Donna Joslin, Tucson, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Virgil, Russell, Jerry, Juanita, Velda and Delores.