Rex D. Hollenbeck, age 91, of Shelbina, Mo., passed away Saturday, July 22, 2023 at the Clarence Care Center in Clarence, Mo.
Rex was born July 3, 1932, in Lentner, Mo., the son of Victor and Catherine (Williamson) Hollenbeck. Rex graduated from Shelbina High School in 1949 and then earned a degree in Agriculture in 1953 at the University of Missouri. While attending the University of Missouri, he was in the ROTC program and later entered the US Army, where he served during the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant. Upon returning from Korea, he began farming with his father. He was united in marriage to Marianne Keith on November 5, 1961. They had three daughters, Terresa, Susan, and Kim and one son, Kent. He was later united in marriage to Helga Thorne in Lawton, Okla. on September 12, 1993.
Rex was a member of the Shelbina Christian Church and served as an elder and a Sunday school teacher. He was involved with several organizations, including the Soil & Water Conservation District, Community State Bank board, Gideon’s International, and the National Texas Longhorn Association. In addition to raising Texas Longhorn cattle for over 40 years, Rex worked at Baughman Grain Bins traveling worldwide to every continent, with the exception of Antarctica, visiting a total of 38 countries. Helga and Rex enjoyed their winters in Florida and Texas meeting new friends.
He is survived by his wife Helga Hollenbeck; two daughters, Terresa Lindstamer (Bryan) of Lakeland, Fla. and Kim Hutcherson (Paul) of Clarence, Mo.; one stepson, Harold Thorne (Donna) of Geronimo, Okla.; 17 grandchildren, Luke, Leah, Miles, Mylan, Camra, Ethan, Isabella, Josh, Jared, Mandy, Melissa, Justin, Jason, Jacob, Chasson, Shannon and Sheldon ; 22 great grandchildren; one sister, Lura Jane Kirby (Charles) of Shelbina, Mo.; one niece, Lori Wilt (David) of Shelbina; and other extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marianne Hollenbeck on June 29, 1992; infant son, Kent Hollenbeck on March 11, 1969; one daughter, Susan Bentley on April 20, 2019; and one nephew, Chris Kirby.
Funeral services were be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at Shelbina Christian Church in Shelbina, Mo. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in the Shelbina Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2023, at Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, Mo.
Memorials may be made to the Shelbina Christian Church or Neighbors Helping Neighbors.