Rex Edwin Diehl, 86, Schell City, passed from this life on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Moore-Few Care Center, Nevada, following a lengthy illness. Rex was born Jan. 26, 1931, in Bates County to Otto Frank and Mildred Irene (Strange) Diehl.

On April 27, 1964, he was united in marriage to Jacqueline Lee Knapp in Miami, OK, and she survives of the home.

Rex was raised in Bates County and graduated from Appleton City High School. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict on the U.S.S. Chevalier. Following his service years he came home to Bates County and began farming. In 1965 he moved to Schell City where he continued to farm until his retirement.

He attended Community Church in El Dorado Springs.

In addition to his wife, Jackie, he was survived by three daughters – Nancy Simmons and her husband, Todd – Treasure Island, FL, Rexanne Diehl – Nevada City, CA and Renee Fesperman and her husband, Brent – Rogersville; four grandchildren – Scott Cole, Jack Simmons, Landon Fesperman and Landry Fesperman; great-grandchildren – Madison Cole, Peyton Cole and Auburn Cole; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Scott; and one brother, Raymond Diehl.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home.

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