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Information for Rex Erman Lefler

13 August, 1895 18 January, 1972

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

January, 1972
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Rex Lefler

    WILDER - Services for Rex E. Lefler, 76, of Box 555, Wilder, who died Tuesday evening in a Caldwell hospital, will be conducted at Dakan Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m. Friday by the Rev. J. J. Fleming of the United Methodist Church.  Interment will be at Wilder Cemetery.
    Mr. Lefler was born Aug. 13, 1895, in Blandinsville, Ill., and began working in his youth as a messenger boy in Chicago for the Sante Fe Railroad.  He attended night school at La Salle University.  He was transferred to the Burlington Railroad as a telegrapher and later worked for both the Northern Pacific and Oregon Short Line Railroads, the latter now the Union Pacific Railroad.  
    He was stationed in Weiser in 1915.  He married Ruth Helen Dyer April 28, 1917 in Gooding.  He was later station agent and telegrapher for the Union Pacific Railroad until he retired in 1957.  He continued working after his retirement in stations from Cokeville, Wyo., to Spokane, Wash.  He operated an income tax office in Wilder until 1969, when he retired because of ill health.
    He was secretary-treasurer of the Wilder Cemetary District for the past 25 years, was past president of the Wilder Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the Railroad Telegraphers and the Old Timers Club.  He attended the United Methodist Church.
    Surviving, in addition to Mrs. Lefler are a son, William G. Lefler of Royal City, Wash.; three daughters, Mrs. Carl (Betty) Swigert of Wilder, Mrs. Robert (Jeanne) Brown of Nampa, and Mrs. George (Helen) Brower of Spokane; two brothers, four sisters, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
    Memorials may be sent to the Idaho Youth Ranch or the Heart Fund. Friends may call at Dakan Chapel Thursday evening.

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