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Rex Ealy, 91 - August 06, 2016

Rex L. Ealy, 91, of Moorefield passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Memorial services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore.
A memorial book signing took place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Odean Colonial Chapel.
Ealy was born Dec. 24, 1924, to Harold and Ethel LaBounty Ealy at Hastings. He grew up on a family farm east of Moorefield, and graduated from Farnam High School in 1943.
He then joined the United States Army in 1944. Following his discharge in 1946, he returned to Moorefield then moved to North Platte where he hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad and worked as a fireman for the next eight years.
On Nov. 14, 1948, he was united in marriage to Dona Margaret Crewdson at North Platte. The couple later returned to Moorefield to live and work on the family farm.
Ealy was also a crop duster and owner of Ealy Spraying Service. He flew out of the Curtis Airport and sprayed fields throughout Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota. He was recognized for his contributions to wildlife conservation when he became the first recipient of the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission “Certificate of Accomplishment in Conservation.”
?After retiring in 1985, he and his wife continued to live on the farm and wintered at Port Mansfield, TX, for 24 years until 2008.
?He was a member of the American Legion and Nebraska Aviation Trades Association.
During his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, and later liked to fish in the Texas gulf, according to family members.
Ealy was preceded in death by: his parents, Harold and Ethel; two sisters—Jeanette Garner and Pauline Messersmith.
Survivors include: his wife of nearly 68 years, Dona of Moorefield; his two daughters—Maurice (Kevin) Bortner of Moorefield and Ann Ealy (Scott Hibbs) of Omaha; two grandchildren—Danielle (TJ) Harding and Heath (Hilary) Bortner; three great-grandchildren—Morgan and Donna Jean Harding and Barrett Bortner; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
Memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Association.