The Edmond Sun


March 18, 2013

Rex Lappin

EDMOND —     Rex Lappin, 77, of Fort Collins, Colo., peacefully passed away on March 13, 2013. He was born March 15, 1935, in Topeka, Kan. to Fra Bicknell and Carl Lappin.

    Rex lost his father in 1945, and the family moved to Tonganoxie, Kan., where he later was to meet the love of his life, Barbara Ann McGee.

    Rex was an Eagle Scout in secondary school and completed his education with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He remained a faithful alumnus until the day of his passing. Rex joined the Navy to serve his country from 1951-1955, and married Barbara Ann in 1955. Their son, Michael Rex, was born in Tonganoxie in 1956, and daughter Patricia Renee joined the family in 1967 while the family was living in Oklahoma City. Rex and his sister, Pat, continued their close relationship bringing their families together for reunions in Telluride, Colo. and New Orleans, La.

    Rex worked for Munsingwear in Oklahoma City and Edmond, Okla., for more than 25 years, prior to semi-retirement in Fort Collins. There Rex managed the family rental properties and was an active volunteer for the Democratic Party. He was the author of many articles published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Rex and Barbara have many friends from the Oklahoma days and developed a new circle of friends immediately after moving to Fort Collins. Rex’s canine friends were also a huge part of his life.

He was an avid fan of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. He was a caring and loving father that treated all people fairly and equally.

    Rex is survived by his wife Barbara, Michael, Renee, and Cassidy, and his dear four-legged friend.

    A private ceremony to celebrate Rex’s life will be in Fort Collins.

    Friends may send condolences to the family at

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