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Darrell I. Rexwinkle 1936 - 2016
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Darrell I. Rexwinkle 1936 - 2016

Darrell I. Rexwinkle, 80, died Dec. 4, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born June 3, 1936, at Edna, he was the son of Clifford L. and Opaline O. (Goodwin) Rexwinkle. On March 12, 1955, he married Dixie Colleen Childress at Valeda. A Great Bend resident since 1969, coming from rural northeast Oklahoma, he was a ranch hand, a cattle buyer for Thies Packing, a diesel mechanic for R & S Transportation, and maintenance man for Barton County Historical Society.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; one son, Daryl “Kent” Rexwinkle of Great Bend; six daughters, Angela Skaggs and husband Rick of Stilwell, Rhonda Penka and husband Kenny of Great Bend, Kim Stanley of Overland Park, Sherrie Schnoebelen and husband Mica of Lewis, Shelly Coverdale and husband Jay of Topeka, and Dixie Divis and husband Steve of Great Bend; two brothers, Gordon Rexwinkle and wife Eva, of Edna, and Gene Rexwinkle and wife Janet, of Parsons; two sisters, Arlene Miller of Medicine Lodge, and Mary Reed and husband Jerald, of Parsons; 16 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren with one expected in May; and five step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Milburn “John” Rexwinkle; one sister, Margie Humphrey; one great-grandson, Connor Rexwinkle; and one step-grandson, Chris Divis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Bryant Funeral Home with the Rev. Reuben Lang’at officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Great Bend. Friends may call from 1-9 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials have been established with Barton County Historical Society or Kindred Hospice, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 6, 2016