Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 05, 1981
OBITUARY - WILLIAM "REX" WELLING
William Rex WELLING, son of Owen and Ida McGINNIS, was born on a farm in Union county, Iowa, on Feb. 7, 1926,
and passed away at his home near Tingley Jan. 24, 1981. He was 54-years-old.
He was raised in Union County
and attended the Macksburg schools until he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on Aug. 21, 1944. He
served in the Pacific theater and Japan, and was honorably discharged on April 20, 1947 with the
rank of corporal.
After his return from the service he was united in marriage to Violet "Kay" Loletta GROFF
on Aug. 2, 1947 at Creston, Iowa.
Rex and Kay farmed in Union and Ringgold counties before moving to their farm
southeast of Tingley in the spring of 1966.
Rex was especially interested in pork production and over the years
became known for his Hampshire hogs. In recent years the demand for the bloodline of his hogs was more than he
could sufficiently produce.
During his life Rex liked to hunt and fish and was particularly fond of coon
hunting. He enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends and always found the time to share their company.
He was preceded in death by his father, Owen; a brother, Junior; and two grandchildren, Nicole and Matthew.
Rex will be missed and eternally remembered by his wife of 33 years, Kay; daughter, Peggy; sons, Keith and Reldon;
his mother, Ida; brothers, Richard and Don; sisters, Lois, Kay and Kathy; and his three grandchildren,
Billy Joe, Andy and Clint; and other relatives and friends.
The news media gave an account about the passing of a man
who had won the Pulitzer Prize. Another man, Rex WELLING, half-way across the country, died the same day. He didn't
win the Pulitzer Prize. He wasn't known across the country for his wealth of power. He was a farmer - the owner and
operator of a small family farm. As a farmer he might be called an unsung hero. He tilled the soil and watched
over his herds. His calling was to provide the bread and nourishment for his fellow men - heroes or otherwise.
He did this - not for fame nor fortune, but because he loved the farming life. He loved the land, his crops and
livestock, and cared for them well.
Just as the world is a little more barren with the passing of generals, philosphers,
and great, well-known men, so is it also colder and more barren with the passing of a man; a farmer who devoted his
life to the nourishment of human life and the goodwill of those who knew him.
He never made any great speeches. His
vocabulary consisted primarily of the common words of the general public, yet he continually had a sense of wit and
He never made a pretense of being superior or aloof to others. His unspoken code which was evident
to all, was that everyone should be treated equally and that honesty and fair play should be the rules of the
He was one of those men who would gladly give a helping hand when his neighbors and friends were in need.
His death marks not only the end of a man's life, but his passing also marks a diminishing way of life; a farmer
on a small-family farm.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 1981 from Rhoades-Wilson Funeral Home
in Mount Ayr conducted by Rev. Walter ZARR. Organist was Mrs. Mildred SMITH.
Casketbearers were Harold BROWN,
Harry SKARDA, Elbert SKARDA, Clare JOHNSON, Gene KLOMMHAUS and John OVERHOLTZER. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery
in Union County, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010
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