GARY — Rex I. Harper, 81, passed away Thursday.
Rex was a Korean War Navy Veteran and member of Griffith American Legion Post 66. He was retired from Inland Steel and he was a member of First Baptist Church in Hammond. Rex enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on cars.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maudie; children Nancy (Alan) Brazaitis, Rex (Sherry) Harper Jr., Kevin (Betty) Harper, Sam (Kim) Harper, Gilbert (Polly) Harper, Doug (fiancee Barb) Harper, Roxanna (Annette) Harper, and JoAnna (Stephen) Hilliker; 30 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; seven sisters; and three brothers.
Rex was preceded in death by his parents, James and Dovie Harper; son Richie; great-granddaughter, Rachel; two sisters; and one brother.
Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. at White Funeral Home, with Pastor Roy Moffitt officiating. Burial will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Gary.
Visitation was Monday at White Funeral Home located at 921 W. 45th Ave. in Griffith.
For information, please call White Funeral Home at 219-924-4100 or visit the website www.whitefuneralhomeofgriffith.com