James W. Rex

March 1, 1936June 20, 2018

James W. Rex, 82, of McHenry passed away at Centegra Hospital-McHenry on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born in Oak Park on March 1, 1936, the son of the late James and Helen (nee Voigt) Rex. He was a graduate of Oak Park High School and then Knox College. He met Barb with they were both five years old and married her 16 years later in Oak Park. He had a long and satisfying career with AT&T, retiring in 1986. Jim enjoyed spending time at his home in Land O’ Lakes, WI, where he loved to fish, golf, and spend time with his family. He and his wife later moved to Florida to take advantage of the warmer weather. They moved to McHenry in 2011 to be closer to their family and to spend more time with grandson, James. He is survived by his loving wife, Barb; three daughters, Karen (Gene) Moore, Kathy (Rich) Savage, and Kristen (David) Gordon; his loving grandson James; and Little Bits the dog! A memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 2:30pm on Saturday, July 7 at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. There will be a memorial service at 2:30pm. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


  • Barbara Rex, Wife
  • Karen (Gene) Moore, Daughter
  • Kathy (Rich) Savage, Daughter
  • Kristen (David) Gordon, Daughter
  • James Rex, Father
  • Helen (Voigt) Rex, Mother
  • Jim is also survived by his loving grandson, James, and Little Bits the dog!


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 7, 2018

James W. Rex

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Marcia Frederick

February 28, 2019

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I worked for Jim at AT&T for several years and am proud to say that we became good friends. My husband Bruce and I enjoyed visiting Jim and Barb at the lake house in Land O' Lakes and later, at their condo in St. Petersburg. Many good dinners were shared at a restaurant in Palm Harbor, which was half way between St. Pete and Spring Hill where we lived. They visited us there as well. Jim was a wonderful man, friend and boss! I am so sorry we lost touch when we moved to Kentucky in 2003. God Bless you all...Barb, daughters and Little Bits too!

Kris (Rex) Gordon

June 22, 2018

We all miss you so much. No more pain for you, dad. Heavenly Father please bless him with your grace and hold him close. I pray for peace and comfort for my mother as she grieves for the loss of her husband... and also for my sisters, myself and all that knew this wonderful man. We were lucky to have him in our lives.

Love you,

Rich Savage

June 22, 2018