Rex Duane Slankard

Rex D. Slankard, “Pa”, was received into heaven on November 20, 2020 at the age of 85 surrounded by family at home. His death was six weeks after receiving the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He was much loved by his family. Rex was born to George and Cecil Slankard on September 9, 1935 at Greenwood Township, Kansas. He moved to Princeton, KS at the age of 5 and grew up there, went to high school in Williamsburg, KS, graduated from Williamsburg in 1953 and went on to K-State for one year. He started farming while in high school, was involved in F.F.A. and he continued farming all of his life until completing the fall harvest two weeks ago. Rex also worked at Farmers Co-op in Lawrence for over 20 years before retiring in 2001.

He met his future wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Finley in the spring of 1956. They were married in 1957 and she survives in the home after 63 years of marriage. Rex & Betty have a family of four daughters (Cathleen Cribbs, Faith Gorden, Christina DeArmond, and Amy Deay) and one son (Daniel Slankard) all married to wonderful spouses. They have 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren as well as one great-grandson in heaven to greet him. He was proceeded in death by his parents, three sisters, and three brothers as well as the great grandson.

His family went on many family vacations together with many happy memories. Rex loved being around all of them. They spent most holidays and birthdays out on the farm with Rex & Betty. He was a quiet man with deep feelings for the Lord. He will be missed by his church family also.

Services will be held at Eudora Baptist Church on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 11 am. A visitation will be from 10 to service time. Memorials may be made to Eudora Baptist Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Craig Jacob...

Faith,
You and your family are in my prayers during this time. May you get comfort in God’s hands.

From Peggy and Kim Huey...

Faith,
So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please pass on our sympathies to your family. I will remember your family in my prayers. May the Lord strengthen and bless you all!

From Beth Renfro...

Dear Dan
I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. It is very painful to loose a parent. Heaven is celebrating but I know God is a very present help during our time of need. I pray that you and your family find comfort in Him and each other.
Much Love,
Beth Renfro

From Mark and Claudia Oglesby...

Will be praying for your family. It was a joy to be friends with your family and watch all our kids grow up. Rex will be greatly missed

From Cheryl Hampton...

Cathy, I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

From Tammy (King) Campbell...

So very sorry. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

From Michael A Flory...

Rex was a good man. Always enjoyed seeing him at the coop, and later at our grandchildren’s ball games. We are sorry for the loss.

From Gordon d.besser...

Rex was a good man he will be missed, my condolences to you betty,cathy,faith,christy,danny,my heart goes out for you

From Cindy Cook Hemberg...

I am so very sorry for all of the Slankard family. I’ve know Rex and family since I was little. Prayers for you all.

From Juanita Sleichter...

So sorry to hear of Rex’s passing. Prayers for Dan and the rest of your family. I didn’t realize he was a ‘Burg boy! 🙂

From Marilyn, Max Jr. and Dave...

Aunt Betty and all of the family, We are so sad that Uncle Rex is gone. But we’re sure that Daddy is glad to see him. We loved him always and have so many good memories of family time with him. There was no one who loved his family more, and always did his best to make sure everyone was cared for. We’ll miss him. Please know that we send our prayers for you all. We will carry him in our hearts.

From Greg Shipe and Charlee Glinka...

Betty and family, we are so very sorry to learn of Rex’s passing. Greg spoke with him recently when he stopped by to tell us he had finished harvest, and Greg asked him what he was going to do next. Rex said “Clean the combine.” He was always so steady and true and good. Even though we saw him infrequently, we will truly miss him. Please know we are holding you all in our hearts.

From Pam LeRow...

I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Slankard. I hope sharing memories with family and friends is comforting.

From Vern and Fran Illum...

I have enjoyed doing seed business with Rex for several years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Betty and your family.

From Mandi Olberding & family...

My sincerest condolences to a beautiful family. May God hold you and comfort you during this time.

From George and Cheryl Hunsinger...

Betty, and family; we were saddened and shocked to learn of Rex’s passing. Just waived at him a few weeks ago at the south elevator. We have lost a wonderful man. I enjoyed working around him, when I worked part time at Coop. On raining days, he seemed to always pick me to go work on a project at one of the coop locations with him. Great times, what a wonderful man to be around, with his calm talking and thinking, and his wit and wisdom. You folks are in our thoughts and prayers. I talked with Randy the other night, and told him, if I could do anything, don’t hesitate to ask.

From Jeannene Loewenstein...

You all are in my thoughts. Many memories of Mr Slankard from church and hayrides for Halloween. Hugs to all.

From Arlan Holmes...

Saw Rex and Betty standing on top of their John Deere combine about two weeks ago. Wish I had taken a photo. Rex pulled my Gator out of wet ground I thought I could get across. Betty told him to get me out. Will put a sign to call it Slankard’s Ruts. Rex always had clean equipment. Stopped by about 6 months ago and asked him what he was doing to his tractor. He said he washed it yesterday and had to drive through a mud hole and was now recleaning it. Really going to miss seeing and talking to Rex.

From Fran Williams Dunavin...

I am so sorry to hear of Rex’s passing. I spent time as a girl with Faith and Christina and thought so much of their parents. One day, about 30 years ago, my old van broke down on Highway 10. I was on my way to work at KU and it was very cold. This was long before there were cell phones. I had started walking to Lawrence and I hear a vehicle pulling up behind me. I was kind of nervous, and then I recognized it was Mr. Slankard. I told him who I was and he remembered me. He took me into Lawrence so that I could call my husband for help. He was such a kind man.
I am so sorry. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

From Mike &Diana Leming...

You are all in our thoughts and prayers,so sorry for your loss!

From Lois and Fred Mersmann...

We are sorry for your loss of a great man. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

From Keith & Jamie Knabe...

Sorry for your loss.

From Michelle and Keith Countess...

My thoughts and Prayers are with your family. I am so sorry

From Eva Deonier...

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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