Demaine Funeral Home – Fairfax

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Edward C. Trexler Jr.

November 14, 1931May 12, 2020

Edward C. Trexler, Jr. November 14, 1931 - May 12, 2020

Edward C. Trexler, Jr. of Fairfax City, Virginia, died on May 12, 2020. He was proceeded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Anne Rea Trexler. He was the devoted father of Mary “Ginni” Santoro of Baltimore, MD; Edward Trexler III and his wife Kathleen of New Bern, NC; and Constance “Connie” Trexler of Fairfax VA. He also was the proud grandfather of Jessica, Charles, Maryanne, Lindsay, Edward IV, Emily and three great grandchildren. Loving brother to Diane Vass and Peter Trexler. He also leaves behind his beloved companion Peggy Fitzgerald of Vienna, VA. Ed and Peggy loved their morning walks at the mall, eating out and touring various Virginia wineries.

Mr. Trexler lived in the City of Fairfax for sixty years where he served on numerous Boards and Commissions. He was recognized by the Virginia State Senate through a formal proclamation for his many contributions to the City.

Mr. Trexler was employed by Melpar, the Naval Research Labratory (NRL), and the Department of Energy (DOE). While at NRL he helped design and build a lunar camera system for use by the Apollo 16 astronauts. The camera remains on the surface of the moon. While at DOE, he led the Departments efforts in acid rain analysis and the development of scrubbers for clean coal burning power plants. His design and analysis for scrubbers is used globally, not just in the U.S.

Later in life Mr. Trexler turned his attention to history; specifically Civil War history in his childhood Richmond, the Northern Neck of Virginia, and Northern Virginia with emphasis on the City of Fairfax. He is the author of 12 books and a member of numerous historical societies. Most notably the Society of the War of 1812 and Son’s of Confederate Veterans.

Mr. Trexler attended The Truro Church in the City of Fairfax and served many different functions in assisting the Ministry. His favorite was singing in the church choir.

A private burial was conducted May 16, 2020 at the City of Fairfax Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name, to Historic Fairfax City, Inc. or to the Lamb Center of Fairfax. A memorial service/celebration of life is being planned for the future.


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Edward C. Trexler Jr.

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Ben Trittipoe

May 29, 2020

To the Trexler Family: I am deeply saddened at the loss of Ed. I met him when I joined the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society more than a decade ago, and he instantly welcomed me to the group. His knowledge of the history of Fairfax City was unmatched, and I enjoyed reading his many books on that subject and others. His love and passion for his Confederate ancestors, in addition to the U.S. veterans in the family tree, was deep and genuine. He was a quality gentleman and someone I will dearly miss.

Mac & Phyllis McCall

May 24, 2020

We have always enjoyed having you all for neighbors for many many years and just last night looked in as we passed to see if all was well and today were shocked to hear the news from another neighbor!

Carl Sperapani

May 20, 2020

I am so sorry. As you know, I loved talking to your father. Truro and Fairfax have lost their great historian, and a true gentleman.

Carl Sperapani

Carole Herrick

May 19, 2020

I knew Ed as an outstanding historian through the various historical societies in Northern Virginia. I always looked forward to talking with him. He had so much knowledge of Fairfax County and Virginia to offer me, but I admired his most because he understood community involvement and volunteerism. His book "Civil War, Fairfax Court House is sitting on my desk. I shall reread it. Carole Herrick

David Meyer

May 19, 2020

Dear Connie and Family - On behalf of the citizens of the City of Fairfax and the City Council, I offer our heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of your father, Ed Trexler. Our community was the beneficiary of Ed's love of this place, his reverence for learning and sharing of its history, and his commitment to scholarship and preservation. Your father loved his family, both his immediate family whom he adored and cherished, as well as his ancestors who he intentionally wanted to be remembered. Your father also cherished and affirmed the faith legacy which he received from his family and embraced as his own. He had great confidence in the saving Grace of his Creator and lived each day with thankfulness for God's love for him. While we will miss him dearly, we also give thanks for his presence among us for many wonderful years. David Meyer, Mayor, City of Fairfax, Virginia

Tom Evans

May 17, 2020

Ed was a gentleman.

Megan Walnut

May 17, 2020

Dear Connie, We have missed seeing Ed in church sitting in front of us. We are so sorry for your loss and rejoice that he joins so many Truro saints in Heaven. Sending you hugs.
Megan, David, John, and Genna Walnut.

Elizabeth and Keith Hix

May 15, 2020

Dear Connie,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. We love you. ❤️❤️❤️

Don Hakenson

May 14, 2020

Ed Trexler has provided me invaluable information, needed counsel and most importantly a longtime friendship! I had always considered him the resident expert on Civil War matters concerning Fairfax Court House and its surrounding city, but most importantly he was a man of his word, a believer in our God Almighty, a legendary historian in Fairfax and was one great human being! No better man ever walked upon this earth! This country needed more individuals like Ed Trexler! A faithful and hard working American and someone I will truly miss!

William Connery

May 14, 2020

Ed was the premier historian for the City of Fairfax and published several books honoring the history of all those who have gone before. May he have rest in the shade of trees beside the golden stream!


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