Obituary for Rex Yarger (1952-2021) – Ogden, UT
Rex D. Yarger continued his journey to the next kingdom on October 10, 2021. Rex was born on March 28, 1952 to Dale and Irene Yarger in Pocatello Idaho. He was one of 5 children, he was the oldest. He was preceded in death by his youngest brother Shane and son Steven and grandson Sawyer Anderson. He was married on July 2, 1969 to Verna Jean Smith, daughter of Dick and Maxine Smith from Pocatello. Their marriage was later celebrated in the Washington DC Temple on April 2, 1976 while he was stationed in the USAF at Wurtsmith AFB Michigan.
Rex graduated from Pocatello High School in 1970. He attended Idaho State University for 2 years and various other universities eventually received a BS in Computer Science from Utah State University in 1989. It took 19 years but he eventually completed it.
Rex served in the U.S. Air Force for 6 years from 1973 to 1979. He was assigned to the 8th Airforce, 379th Bomb Wing of Strategic Air Command and spent most of his service in Illinois and Michigan working on the SRAM B52 and FB111 missile systems. He also worked as a nuclear ammunition controller.
Rex and Verna had seven children: Wendy (Mark) Osmond from Perry, Kevin (DJ) from Brigham, Steven (deceased), Sheila (Steve) Roche from West Haven, Chirelle from Brigham City, Krystal (Jeff) Forsgren from Willard, and Danyel (Dustin) by Willard. They have 20 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Wendy’s children are Jordan, Selest, Brandon, MaKayla. Kevin’s children are Mathew, Cassyopia, Rebecca, and Michael. Sheila’s children are London, Logan, Jackson and Brinley. Krystals children are Sydnee, Danika, Vanessa and Carson. Danyel’s children are Bryson, Hayzlie, Sawyer, and Payson.
Rex was an active, proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings and positions. He worked diligently in the family search and provided the temple with thousands of names and ordinances. He loved serving and helping others, especially when no one knew he was doing it. He helped renovate and open the first LDS chapel in Oscoda, Michigan. Rex loved rafting on the Snake River in Wyoming with youth groups, family, friends, and others, and was there on weekends for most of the summer. He loved helping the widows and the elderly until his health began to fail. However, he always tried to help and serve others as health and circumstances allowed. Besides worship, serving others was his main focus in his life and he was happiest when he was helping others, especially his family.
Rex’s house on 5th West was widely known as the Christmas House. Every year, with the help of his family, he built an extensive computerized Christmas light display that was synchronized with music for everyone to enjoy.
He worked for most of his career at Thiokol, Williams International, and Autoliv; mainly in electronics and in automated control systems. Rex also spent hours helping others with their computer problems.
Rex was always attentive and had a special place in his heart for people with special needs or disabilities. He went out of his way to make her happy and to make her life better and more fulfilling. He has developed special recipes for people with food allergies so that they don’t feel left out or forgotten.
Finally, as Rex would say, “I’ll see you next year”.
The funeral will take place on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brigham City Utah West Stake Center, 895 N 625 W, Brigham City. The tours will take place the evening before on Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S 100 E, Brigham City, UT, and before the service on Friday, October 15, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the church building. The funeral will take place in Brigham City Cemetery.
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Published by Myers Mortuary on October 12, 2021.