Rex E. Reade

June 29, 1924March 6, 2018

Rex E. Reade June 29, 1924 ~ March 6, 2018 Carmel

Rex Reade passed away peacefully with his wife, Joan, and his son, Scott, at his side. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a B25 pilot flying 51 combat missions and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Rex graduated from the University of Denver with a BS in Business Administration and earned his CPA degree from the University of Illinois. He worked for Arthur Anderson Accounting before beginning his career at Rust-Oleum Corp. where he rose to President, CEO and Chairman of the Board. After retiring in 1987, he moved to Monterey where he enjoyed playing golf, tennis and dominoes. He was a member of OCC, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, The Beach and Tennis Club and Stillwater Yacht Club, serving as Commodore in 2008.

Rex is survived by his loving wife, Joan and their little dog, Gracie; sons, Scott (Ginger) and Rex, Jr. (Jennifer); grandchildren, Rex III, Matthew and Katie; his sister, Bonnie; his brothers, Radean and William and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be at Carmel Mission Basilica, 3080 Rio Road in Carmel on Friday, March 23 at 10:30 AM. The family would like to thank VNA & Hospice of the Central Coast and request any memorial gift be directed to them at P.O. Box 2480, Monterey, CA, 93942. To sign Rex’s guest book and leave messages for his family, please visit


  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 23, 2018

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Terry Russey

March 28, 2018

When I joined the board of the Stillwater Yacht Club, Rex had already been a Board member for two years and had been elected Vice Commodore for 2007. Rex was one to keep the trains running on time. Everything was to be ship shape and according to schedule. At every Board meeting we reviewed the preparation for every social event. I was assigned responsibility for the Indian Village Picnic, to be held on Labor Day weekend and the Board reviewed my progress at each Board meeting from March through August.
Rex left nothing to chance. At that time the annual Humma Humma party was on the pier and all the work was done by the Board and volunteer members. I remember Rex out there on Saturday morning with a measuring tape, making sure the tables were exactly where they should be.
Most of us on the Board did not know that he had joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and as a B25 pilot, flew 51 combat missions, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Rex was Commodore in 2008 and Staff Commodore in 2009. Rex later served as Historian and assembled a plethora of memorabilia about the club. Rex stepped down from the Board in 2012 and was elected an Emeritus Board member. For the next five years he came to almost every meeting. He loved the SYC, as did his beautiful wife Joan. They came to almost every party.
I don't think anyone ever asked Rex his age. With his trim body he looked no older than the rest of us. We were shocked last week when we learned he was 94.
What a great American!

Arnold Silberman

March 25, 2018

A fine man and the best boss I ever had. He was a true leader in a quiet, dignified way. And when it came time to let someone go, he had great difficulty pulling the cord. My heart goes out to Joan, as I know their marriage was a time of great love and togetherness.
Rest in peace, Rex. Your legacy will live on in all who came in contact with you.
Arnie Silberman

Don Fergusson

March 21, 2018

I am so grateful for all that Rex did for Rust-Oleum, for our family shareholders, and for me personally. After my father died suddenly of a heart attack in 1976, Rex as president encouraged me to come directly into the company out of graduate business school - and gave me responsibilities beyond my age or experience. He could have limited my role out of ego, but out of sincere caring and a sense of responsibility to the family shareholders, he trusted and encouraged me, becoming a valued mentor and surrogate father to me. His finest qualities will live on in the memories of those he touched: Integrity, humility, courage, kindness, steadiness, loyalty, grace. I will always remember his warm smile, calm demeanor, and ability to relate to people in every station of life. My life would not have been the same without Rex in it, and I am eternally grateful to him. Rest In Peace, my friend. While circumstances prevent me from being at the service, I am with Rex and Joan in spirit and send my deepest love and respect.
With gratitude, Don Fergusson


March 20, 2018

Back in 1976, I joined the Kiwanis Club of Evanston. Rex had just completed his term as President of
the Kiwanis Club. When I found out his occupation, I was stunned. He was so engaging and easy to be
around and I felt with his position he'd be on another level. I was so far off in that prejudgment. Rex
was the type of person who was part of the greatest generation as his Military Service record indicates.
I extend my sympathy to his family on my behalf and on behalf of our Kiwanis Club members. May he
rest in peace.
Tom McRaith