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Loyd Rex Steelman

LOYD REX STEELMAN, JR., has had his last Black Crown beer while on this earth. Rex was born in Lamar, Missouri (the birthplace of Harry S Truman) in 1932 and died on March 18, 2017 at the age of 84. He attended grades 1 and 12 in Lamar, but went to 8 different schools in Arkansas and Tennessee in between. He was a Boy Scout and achieved the rank of Eagle. Rex graduated from Missouri University where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He bragged about his C average in accounting. He claimed that his sister, Dixie, got all the brains in the family.


Rex married the love of his life, Sandra, in 1954. Soon thereafter, they moved to Oklahoma to begin his service as an artillery officer in the US Army. After the birth of daughter Debbie in 1955, he shipped out to Korea. His collateral duties included running the base PX and flying the demilitarized zone as an aerial observer. Because of Rex’s prowess in contract bridge, his commanding officer would have no other bridge partner but Rex.


His career as an auditor began in Kansas City with the IRS, then with the Bendix Corporation, First National Bank and finally with Commerce Bank. His disarming personality allowed him to befriend the bank presidents he audited and to forge long lasting friendships with his coworkers.


Sandra and Rex traveled the world. Their favorite tourist activities were visiting old churches and sitting in pubs chatting with the locals. You can guess who liked which activity the best. Besides traveling, Rex enjoyed following the stock market, feeding the birds in his back yard and fishing for crappie. He was a Mizzou football season ticket holder for many years.


Rex was a member of the Platte Woods United Methodist Church for 57 years. He was proud to be a founder of the Around 30s Sunday school class.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Eva and Loyd Steelman and sister, Dixie. Rex leaves behind his wife, Sandra, of 62 years, his daughter Debbie McDonald (Don), his son Scott (Mary), and his grandchildren Eric and Curt McDonald (Makensie), Taylor, Molly (Shannon) and Hannah Steelman.


A memorial service will be held at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64151 on Friday, March 24 at 1:00 pm. The family will receive visitors for one hour before the service beginning at noon. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Platte Woods United Methodist Church.

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Platte Woods United Methodist Church
7310 NW Prairie View Rd.
Kansas City
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Mar 24 ,2017
Time of Service:
01:00 pm
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