Rex Russell

Rex Robert Russell

Thursday April 29, 1920 - Sunday November 22, 2020
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Rex Robert Russell, of Odessa, Texas, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the age of 100. He died peacefully surrounded by his family. His life was well lived, and he was well loved! This loving, caring and wonderful man has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will be missed immensely.

Rex was born on April 29, 1920 in Wichita, Kansas to R.C. and Vera Russell. He was the oldest of five children. As a very young man, Rex learned the value of hard work, a lesson that served him well all through his adult life. As a young man, he was also a Golden Gloves boxer and earned his aircraft pilot’s license.

Rex met the love of his life, Tully Beth, when she whistled at him as she and her friends were walking down the street and he was driving by. Rex quickly made a U-turn to come back and the rest was history. Rex and Tully married on September 21, 1941 and were virtually inseparable for the next 57 years until she passed away in 1998.

Rex was a WWII veteran and served with honor in the Army Air Corps. He was a mechanic at Greenville (SC) Army Air Base, a pilot training center, working on B25 airplanes used for bombing runs in the European and Pacific theaters.

Rex was a keeper of things. He had enough plastic yogurt tubs to hold every leftover in the Odessa-Midland area. He was practicing “reduce, reuse and recycle” long before it became a popular way of life. He collected all types of gadgets, tools and trinkets. All of which, he found a use for when he was repairing or building something around the house. Later in life, after he retired, Rex found enjoyment in many things. He loved to watch college football and the occasional Nascar race. He kept everyone in the family well stocked on music, episodes of Dancing with the Stars and Turner Classic Movies by recording them all on cassette and VHS tapes and making sure everyone got a copy. If you ever wanted to know what was going on in Port Charles, NY Rex was your go-to-guy, as he never missed an episode of General Hospital. Perhaps the families most favorite treat was the never-ending supply of the most delicious Apple Butter that he gifted to us every year; a beloved recipe passed down from his mother.

Family was the center of Rex’s life. He was proud and honored to be the most amazing husband, Daddy and Papa to his family. He has always been a major presence in the lives of his children and grandchildren. Rex is survived by his two children, Donna Crenwelge and husband Otto, Rex Michael Russell and wife Susan ; six grandchildren: Heather Chesnutt (Keith), Brynton Goynes, Christi Russell, Cody Russell, Hayden Russell (Dannysha), and Rachael Gerner (Josh); and ten great-grandchildren: Emilie, Keeton and Henson Chesnutt, Brantlund and Gregory-Ann Goynes, Peyton Haigood, Dayden, Bowen and Delaney Russell and Tully Counterman.

Rex is preceded in death by his wife, Tully Beth Russell; siblings: Jim Russell, Imogene Russell, Lahoma Cook, and Roscoe Russell.

Rex will forever be remembered for his compassionate spirit, caring heart and unconditional love. Although our hearts are heavy, we will celebrate his life and find comfort in knowing that he has been reunited with his loving wife, Tully, and they will be watching over us from heaven. Go rest high up on that mountain, Rex.

Those desiring, in lieu of flowers, please donate to Odessa TX Meals on Wheels, 432-333-6451.
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