Rex's Story

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Rex M. Maggert, 81, Goshen, died Wednesday at his home.
He was born Aug. 23, 1936, in Whitley County to Harvey Maggert and Helen (Waldron) Howbridge.
On Nov. 22, 1961, he married Bonita "Bonnie" Weaver. She died Dec. 5, 2005.
Survivors include three children, Kevin (Janet) Maggert, Mishawaka, Kirk (Jonna) Maggert and Kim (Eric) Mumaw, both of Goshen; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two sisters, Marjorie Bennett, Columbia City, and Doris Gross, Tennessee; and sister-in-law, Demaris (Bill) Valjack, Columbia City.
Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Maggert and stepfather, Fred Howbridge.
At age 18, Rex contracted and survived polio. He graduated from ACME School of Engineering, South Bend, in 1962 with a degree in tool and die design.
Rex retired in 2002 after 38 years at Elkhart Products as a head design engineer.
A generous man, Rex raised beef cattle, gardened and did woodworking, all of which he gifted to others. After Bonnie's death he began writing, both short stories and his autobiography.
Friends may call Sunday, Feb. 18, from 1-4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. Cremation will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Ryan's Place, ADEC or Loveway. Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 15, 2018
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