Rex D Miller

7 July, 195016 March, 2020
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Rex D Miller, age 69, of Derby, Kansas passed away on Monday March 16, 2020. Rex was born July 7, 1950 in Wichita, Kansas to EllaBell Miller and Marvin E. Miller. Rex retired from Boeing after 25 years as a Senior Manager of Frequency Management Services.

Rex is survived by his loving wife, Rose Ann Miller; daughter Kandice Miller; son Rex Eric Miller; and daughter Karisa Pike (Tommy); grandchildren Anthony Pruden, Madolyn Miller (Kyle), Ruby Pike, Ryan Pike; and great grandchild Scarlet Rose Miller.

Rex was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rex's memory may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Avenue, Suite 204, Overland Park, Kansas 66202 US,

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Miller family.


  • Marvin E. Miller, Father (deceased)
  • EllaBell Miller, Mother (deceased)
  • Rose Ann Miller, Loving Wife
  • Kandice Miller, Daughter
  • Rex Eric Miller, Son
  • Karisa Pike (Tommy), Daughter
  • Anthony Pruden, Grandchild
  • Madolyn Miller (Kyle), Grandchild
  • Ruby Pike, Grandchild
  • Ryan Pike, Grandchild
  • Scarlet Rose Miller, Great Grandchild

  • Rex Miller
  • Tommy Pike
  • Anthony Pruden
  • Scott Johnson
  • Ryan Pike
  • Tim Pike


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Kathy Glaves

22 March 2020

Rex! How I loved that great guy. From our high school Government class, where Rex & Ronnie entertained me everyday, through the years at class reunions, then get togethers with friends & classmates, Rex was forever kind, sweet, gentle, and so devoted to Rose & the kids. Rex was simply one of the best guys ever. You will be missed, my dear friend. Rose, you two were so great together. Love to you & the kids. ❤️

Lisa Gustin

19 March 2020

Rose and family...May God comfort you at this time. Rex was a good guy. I will keep you in my prayers.

Kitten Warren

19 March 2020

I was so blessed to get to know Rex as his caregiver. He was a very kind man and I enjoyed sharing some laughs with him in his last days. I will never forget how he thought there was no way I’d be able to trim his beard and mustache to his liking. He made me feel good when he said I did good and he was impressed. I know he no doubt touched many lives including mine. Blessings and prayers for all Of you in this difficult time. Kitten Warren

Wayne Morris

19 March 2020

I was initially at a loss for words upon learning that Rex was no longer with us but soon the fond memories of him filled that loss.
I was so privileged to work with Rex via AFTRCC and will always remember him as a warm person who never met a stranger, who always made one feel welcome. He will be sorely missed and remembered for decades in the commercial flight test spectrum community for his dedication,integrity, and innovation.
May God bless him and his family.

Ken Keane

19 March 2020

On behalf of the Aerospace and Flight Test Radio Coordinating Council, Inc. ("AFTRCC"), its members, and myself, I would like to express our sincere condolences on Rex's passing.

Rex was Chairman of AFTRCC, an association of the major aerospace companies, for many years. It was my privilege to work with Rex as AFTRCC's counsel.

Rex was an insightful leader whose common-sense approach to the flight testing spectrum issues the industry faced, was a tremendous asset. At the same time, he was sensitive to the social dimensions to leading a trade association and, in particular, harmonizing the sometimes diverse needs of its members.

Rex was also a friend to me, and many others in AFTRCC. I valued that friendship, and we are saddened at his passing. The fact that he was willing to donate one of his kidneys, despite the foreseeable effects, is a testament to a loving and charitable person whom we should greatly admire.

Rose, you can be sure that he, you, and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Trish Satterfield

19 March 2020

Oh my so many memories of Rose & Rex- when I was going thru a hard time- Rose was there for me, I was probably at their house more than I was at my own; Me & all 3 of my kids. Remember when all 3 of Rex & Roses kids were born. I imagine there were times Rex wondered if they adopted all of us! For that I will always be so blessed to have been able to call them True Friends"~ He will certainly be missed, & may he R.I.P. & no pain. Prayers & Hugs for Rose & the kids- Will certainly keep you all in my Prayers- God Bless~

Kathy Andrews

18 March 2020

Love to you all at this trying time in your life. I will keep you all in my prayers

Ellen (Harrison) Ansok

18 March 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

Love Gary and Ellen Ansok

Gina Lankston (Criman)

18 March 2020

Rose, Kandy, Karissa, Rex Eric and family ~ I was so very sad to hear of Rex’s passing. I considered Rex not only my greatest mentor but also my friend. I will forever be honored to have known Rex and gotten to know your family over the years. Please know that I am keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

Jan and Steve Noeller

18 March 2020

Rosie, we are so sorry for your loss. We have many memories of times through high school. What a wonderful sense of humor and crazy jokes. You are in my prayers and I pray God will comfort you during this time. Much love.

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Lived Life July 7, 1950 through March 16, 2020

Lakeview Funeral Home | Wichita, KS
10 A.M., Friday, March 20, 2020
Service Led by Celebrant Cyndi Pearce
Lakeview Cemetery Reflection Garden
Lot 29 | Space 6

Fishing line. It started as vines, then to braided horsehair, yet it would be around WWII when synthetic materials were improved to create the line based on what we use today. Fishing is a great way to relate to the unknown, it’s compelling and surprising and often we return to the place where we’ve caught something before, and we wait.

Welcome and thank you for joining us in this Celebration of Rex. I am Celebrant Cyndi Pearce and today we’ll celebrate by building pictures with our words as we pay tribute to his life and accomplishments. So, let’s push our thumb stops, it’s time to cast, his story begins now.

In 1950 the great depression was becoming a faint memory and families were moving out to the suburbs, kids watched howdy doody on 12 inch black and white TV sets and spent Saturday afternoons watching cartoons at Cinema matinees, yet this year was a time of celebration for Marvin and Ella Bell Miller as they welcomed a son, Rex DeWayne, on Friday, July 7th of this year, at Wesley Hospital, here in Wichita.

His line was cast and the bobber, it’s coming to the top of the water to wait patiently for what’s to come.

Marvin served in the war and came home “shell shocked,” from his experiences. This gave him a tough personality and they often found him on the porch sitting and smoking. Ella Bell had a difficult pregnancy and spent most of it on bedrest and her baby’s due date was set for the 4th of July, so the family stayed home amid all the fireworks in case this celebration came on time. Once their children were born, the family lived in several homes in Augusta beginning in the city, another in the country near thunder road, before settling east of town. Here home was a yellow brick house with a 2-car detached garage and a big tree out back that held a swing. There were small streams that ran through the property and this is where Marvin grew a large garden and taught Rex many scientific and mechanical skills.

School days began with a hot breakfast of bacon and eggs before heading to and from on the bus. Rex liked drafting class and played the tenor sax in pep and concert bands, even attended many competitions where he auditioned solo or with others. His best friend was Ron Hull and when back home for the day, the boys rode their bikes, scooters, or the 50cc Doodle Bug Minibike that mom tried once and ran up a tree. He also gave a hand to playing the organ in a psychedelic type rock band with friend Jerry Watson. Dinner was on the table at 5 sharp and if it was close to time and Ella Bell wasn’t home yet, she’d hurry as fast as she could, to keep the peace, as Marvin was regimented in his routine.

That line he cast a while back, it looks like the bobber is moving, should he pull on the line a bit, or wait and see if it goes under?

It’s during junior high, 7th grade to be exact, when Rex met Rose Ann. They became friends and began dating in high school where they attended movies at the Orpheum or Augusta Theatre’s or simply spent time together.
His first car, a black and white Chevy, took them not only on dates, but to and from his first job at KMART where he was a stock boy and stayed on some nights, as security, to watch the janitors since it was found they’d stop and play with the trains and accidently drop bags of candy they’d have to eat. He’d also be somewhat of an entrepreneur and build a small building out on Hwy 54 to sell fireworks and after a day of selling, you might find him and Ron tossing M80’s or Cherry Bombs off a bridge where once they go under water, they blow up making a loud explosion and if not on the bridge, at the top of a water tower shooting off more, and when back on ground they’re switching the Augusta City sign with the Leon one, as the Sherriff watched nearby. The pair hurt themselves as they put all they could into ramming the signs until the post’s let go, then they took them from the ground up, stuck them in the vehicle and began to drive. Next thing, lights and sirens are behind, Ron is driving, and when he put the brakes on, the post rammed forward, hit the back of his seat so hard, he started yelling, “Oh my gosh, he’s shooting at us.” Ron was underage and released to his parents, Rex was of age and stayed in jail a while.

Weekends were family drives in the country, down 54. It was 2 lane and partially dirt, so they drove until they ended up in another town, where they’d stop at a soda shop for a drink, .5 cent hamburgers or catch a .25 cent movie. Family get togethers, such as Thanksgiving are big. Marvin and Ella Bell both had many siblings and these gatherings were normally held at Grandma Miller’s where the kids pile next to their own table and fill up on fried potatoes with onions and chicken grandma hand plucked from the flock. This was the reason Rex didn’t eat chicken, as seeing her catch and crack their necks when he was young, made them very unappealing. After the filling meal, they head out to ride horses or shoot guns with the many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Christmas was a live tree each year and presents were nice as he received trains, Lincoln Logs, and model airplanes and the 4th of July is cookouts with homemade ice cream followed by fireworks. Any kind would do, as long as they blew up.

In honor of his childhood and all the experience that came with them, let’s listen to the song, “Jet Airliner” and watch some of his life in pictures.


That bobber, it just went under, he pulled and reeled in the catch of a lifetime.

A trip to Kansas City followed a Selective Service draft notice received in the mail and he tried to get out of if for his bad vision, because the doctor had said, “If you’re glasses are knocked off, you won’t be able to see.” However, while in the draft line getting a physical, the physician was smoking, and Rex got chocked up from his asthma and was dismissed right away. He was okay with it, said, “I was busy hanging out with her, I didn’t want to go,” which brings us back to the catch, the one of a lifetime where on June 21, 1970, he in a dark suit with stripped tie and Rose Ann in a white dress, married at the pastor’s parsonage of the Baptist Church in Augusta, followed by a drive home with a mattress, friend Jerry Watson had tied to the back. Speaking of home, it began in a rented house in El Dorado where they stayed for around 19 months. Rex worked at Graham Electric and mornings began with a cup of coffee and cream, and occasionally, he’d get a treat when Rose fixed him a hot breakfast of eggs and bacon. Days on the job were 8-5 and consisted of placing antennas on roofs and selling and repairing televisions and this job brought home around $40 a paycheck after taxes. Once home for the night, it’s a meat and potatoes meal in front of the TV watching shows like Dr. Who, Mr. Rogers, or Leave it to Beaver.

Rose was a stay at home mom at first, and when he learned they were expecting their first child, he was shocked at the announcement. Rose says, “She gained too much weight, eating that meat and potatoes, or going and spending the day with his or her parents, where they sat and watched TV, didn’t help.” Yet before their daughter Kandice arrived in 1971, while in the waiting room, it was said a mother passed away and the name Rose was dropped. Rex panicked, wasn’t getting answers, so he stormed back past everyone until he saw his wife with his own eyes and knew she was okay. Their baby girls name was picked after one of their friends in high school, Candy, and they liked Candice Bergen, so they put their spin on the spelling, K-a-n-d-i-c-e, and she joined the family weighing in at 10 lbs. 1 oz.
Now there’s a 5- year gap between children and during this the new family made a move to Frazier St. in west Wichita and Rose, “Guess what dad let me do,” as Kandice would say after letting her do things he shouldn’t have, such as donuts in parking lot of the IGA in the VW Bug or how about the time he forgot her at the Western Auto. He went to get a washing machine part, “Wanna go?” he asked her, so she rode along. He told her to stand and look at the toys, and after she stood and stood, she went to look for him and the car and found them both gone. Next up is Rex Eric. They tried Lamaze classes, yet when in labor, Rose hoped for pain-relieving medicine, as promised, and when it didn’t happen, she went into a panic. Once she realized medicine wasn’t coming, she focused and Rex stood at the door and said, “It’s all you and it’s all right.” Rex Eric was named after his father, but they didn’t want him to be a junior, so Eric was picked and born the smallest of the bunch at 8 lbs. And now it brings us to Karisa. She’s the surprise baby, weighed in at 9 lbs. 13 oz. and her name, Rex had wanted Keri Ann or Crissy like on the show 3’s Company, and Rose wanted Renee, so Karisa Renee it is.

Rex was a tinkerer, always putting something together or building, like train tracks in the garage, adding trim to hang pictures or redoing the tile floor, but he also liked to roughhouse, have a little fun by moving the coffee table out of the way and wrestling until the kids got ahold of the tickle spot on his ribs and he’d giggle and giggle until he got sick. All 3 children would know the house on Frazier, yet the one they truly called home was in Mulvane. There are moves not only in houses but also in jobs when he goes to Radio Supply in El Dorado, then Q Corp in Derby where he began as a handler and worked his way to chief engineer and on the side tried to begin his own business as Rex Corp. He was successful in his career, but his health would make a change when he began not feeling well, was lethargic and became jaundiced and after many tests, they found he had kidney disease, needed a transplant and as they waited, he’s put on dialysis 4 times a day. Karisa lost her room in the home and Kandice gained a roommate when dad’s supplies need a sanitized room that only housed his dialysis boxes that are full of supplies and knowing he’d need better insurance, he changed jobs one more time, and hired on at Boeing where he went from a flight test engineer to Senior Spectrum Management. Here he worked on radio frequencies from Air Force One to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and traveled to Italy, Switzerland and even moved to Washington for 7 years to use the knowledge he held, before they returned to Kansas and settled in Derby.

Even with all of this, he didn’t let it stop him from family time as they packed up the station wagon with his boxes of supplies and headed out to see family and Disney in California and the Cubs in Chicago, when finally, at age 35, the call came that a donor kidney is ready and Dr. Shields and the transplant team successfully performed a procedure that after a long 4 months in the hospital, gave him new life for another 23 years. A total surprise as most only last 10-15.

Holidays now are homemade ice cream on his birthday and cards, he loved cards. Thanksgiving is at home where cranberries, turkey, oyster dressing and minced meat pie are on his plate. Christmas is all about him as he decorates the tree and once the star is placed on top if you’re not up before him on Christmas morning, he’d sit in the noisy recliner and squeak, squeak, and ring jingle bells as he loudly proclaimed, “HO, HO, HO,” and when grandchildren came along, they liked that he hid a fake pickle in the tree to see who could find it and whoever did was the first to open presents. Speaking of grandkids, there are 4, Anthony, Madolyn, Ruby, Ryan, and great grandchild Scarlet Rose. Anthony says, “He was the project grandpa, always doing home improvements from the long, brick walkway to the climbing on the roof for gutters. Ruby said, “She wanted to build something, so they went out, grabbed some wood and made airplanes, with Popsicle sticks as propellers and she enjoyed getting to climb up the ladder onto scaffolding when he was working on the ceiling.” Ryan and he built a marble track together, it was huge and lots of fun and he got to be grandpa’s little helper when he needed tiles moved.” He took them to see to Monster Jam, followed by ice cream at Braum’s. Attended their school events and hosted shrimp boils and barbecues for them too. Madolyn and Rex Eric we didn’t get to speak, did you have any thoughts you wanted to share?

Though he was stubborn, his love of family was big, and you’ll each carry that forward. Let’s pause here and listen to the song “I Will Always Love You,” and we see a few more snapshots of his life with you.


Rex was an extreme Republican and frugal, if you’re at dinner with him, be prepared to pay your own way, right Anthony? Because he won’t. He was a manly man who didn’t open the door for you or wash dishes. He wouldn’t consider holding Rose’s purse or buying feminine products from the store and he disliked the sound of a vacuum and dishwasher. But he was a rollercoaster enthusiast and rode them at Busch Gardens, Joyland, and Worlds of Fun. He made the best of his life and his love, so it was hard to hear in 2012 at 58 years old, that he’d need another transplant. This is when they’d move back from Washington, as it was a 10 year wait there versus 2 in Kansas, but unfortunately the program would be shut down here and they’d have to commute to Oklahoma City, yet one was found and it was another successful transplant and recovery and even though they had to drive back every 2 or 3 days for testing, in the beginning, he was alive and got a few more good years until the dialysis caught up to him with infections, confusion, and a body that couldn’t stand any longer. Rose and his children are by his side every step of the way and Tom, Karisa’s husband is there to help carry him in after appointments and treatments.
This past Sunday, Rose saw a decline and had Rex transported to the hospital where after they had done all they could, the family spent most of the evening with him before the decision is made to let him go and once they did, surrounded by his family, he peacefully passed.
He and Rose made a great team, from him disengaging the clutch on that 66 Corvette so she could drive around the block to the beautiful family and homes of their dreams they created together. He called her Rosie and she often said, “REEEEXX,” yet they’d high 5’d each other when they traveled or accomplished something they wanted to do. He loved a Coca Cola on ice, even when he kept all the crunchy ice for himself, and a cheap iced oatmeal cookie could put a smile on his face.

We started with a single line. He took that and created a net that wove around each of you and more. Like the bobber, he’d want you to keep your head above water, not to be weighed down by sadness and to help with that, as we leave today, you’ll find a Coke and wooden top attached for each of you to keep as a reminder. Take one, drink the Coke when you are all together and take the unfinished top, and like him, make it your own work of art, but most importantly, no matter how you choose to remember him, each time you do, you’re keeping the legacy of Rex DeWayne Miller alive.


Lord we thank you for lifting us in the comfort of your hands as we gathered today to celebrate the life of Rex. We honor all that you give and rejoice in the thought of his freedom with you. Thank you for the peace of knowing we are together as we paid tribute to this one of a kind man. Surround us with your strength as we bring glory to your name. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


We are all at different stages on our journey through life and our paths are varied. We look at life in different ways, but there is one thing you all have in common, at one point or another, and to some degree or other, Rex touched your lives and because of that, we can celebrate, honor, and pay tribute to his life.

Here in this last act, in sorrow but without fear, in love and appreciation, we commit the physical body of Rex to the earthly elements.
We realize that this time of parting can be difficult, but let us be thankful for his life by remembering the intangibles such as the impact of his life on yours, his smile, his dominant and unique personality, and most importantly his love.
Remember the significant moments and the fun times you had.
The times of struggle and the times of support.
Remember his life by the memories he leaves behind.
But most of all, remember him with love as long as you live.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

PARENTS: Marvin Edward Miller ; Ella Bell (Taylor) Miller
MARRIED 49 Years: Rose Ann (Nichols) Miller
CHILDREN: Kandice Ann Miller ; Rex Eric Miller ; Karisa Renee (Miller) Pike

Celebrant Cyndi Pearce | 316.734.0401 |