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Rex Arlen Zachary, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)April 05, 1928 – September 24, 2016
Rex Arlen Zachary, 88, of Boerne, Texas, passed away on September 24, 2016.
Born in Lubbock, Texas, to Bessie Gross and Frank Allen Zachary, Rex was a high school thespian and cheerleader, graduate of Texas Tech University, member of the Texas Tech Wranglers, Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and post retirement was a pilot for Petroleum Helicopters International. He was a member of the VFW, volunteer for the Boerne Chamber of Commerce and was active in the Republican Party.
Rex leaves behind his beloved bride of 64 years, Jeanne; brother, Max; children, Gilbert Wayne, SuAnne, and Dana; and grandchildren, Jerad, Meagan, and Margaret Lauren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Vic and Worth.
Loved and respected by those who knew him, Rex is now spreading his “Silver Wings” in the skies. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VFW Post 688, P.O. Box 688, Boerne, TX 78006.http://www.vaughanfuneralhome.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/11835/id/3900010
Graveside ServiceMonday, October 10, 201610:00 AM – 10:30 AMFt. Sam Houston National Cemetery1520 Harry Wurzbach RoadSan Antonio, Texas 78209
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016Thank you Zach, for your service, your friendship, and your Comradeship. VFW Post 688 is a better post because of you. We will miss you and we will always remember you! Andrew Camplen, Commander, VFW Post 688.~Andrew Camplen, Boerne, Texas
Tuesday, October 11, 2016Visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Zachary made Mondays special. Both gentle, kind, devoted souls. I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Zachary’s optimism and joy for life is a lesson I cherish.~Laura Leighner
Monday, October 10, 2016Dear Dana and Family, Your precious father will always have a special place in my heart and memory book. He always called me on my birthday; and was a great patriot and Republican! My prayers are with you and your family.~Karen Wetzel, Boerne, Texas
Friday, October 07, 2016Godspeed good friend! Our friendship has endured from the early 40s and I have enjoyed every day of same. Don Godfrey Brooke, Colonel, USAF(Ret)~Godfrey Brooke
Friday, October 07, 2016God Bless and keep you and your family. Tom Hooper~Thomas Hooper, Grand Island, New York
Thursday, October 06, 2016I didn’t have the honor of knowing Zach but I do share his love of rotary winged flight. The attached is offered very respectfully and with a touch of helicopter humor as insight into the kind of man helicopter pilots become. With sympathy for your loss.~Tom Green
Thursday, October 06, 2016Our Uncle Rex was a proud, but humble member of the Greatest Generation! Although we didn’t get to see each other near enough, his personality was huge! He was always happy to see us & always felt a loving energy for JB, his kids, his brothers & family! Although we will miss him, we’ve all gained a guardian angel on the other side. We’re sad now, but hope we can focus on our loving memories & that he lived a full life & a life to its fullest! RIP!~Jan & Tom Bouldin, Arlington, Texas
Thursday, October 06, 2016The world has lost another great soul and he will be greatly missed. God has called another angel to heaven and is holding his family closed to his heart. My husband flew with Zac for many years…. Great memories.~JD and Bairbre Bible, Kerrville, Texas
Wednesday, October 05, 2016Zac was a great friend. We served and flew together. He taught me a lot.~Fred Ordway, Minden, Nevada Wednesday, October 05, 2016Zach led by example. He loved his family, friends and his country. Most of all, he was the type of Christian that walked the walk. He was kind and giving. Zach treated me like I was one of his and it meant more to me than words can express. I will miss him but I know he is in a beautiful place now. To JB and Dana, I love you and my prayers are constant for you at this time.~Dodie Maner, Lubbock, Texas
Wednesday, October 05, 2016Zac was a great friend. We served and flew together. He taught me a lot.~Fred Ordway, Minden, Nevada
Wednesday, October 05, 2016Zach led by example. He loved his family, friends and his country. Most of all, he was the type of Christian that walked the walk. He was kind and giving. Zach treated me like I was one of his and it meant more to me than words can express. I will miss him but I know he is in a beautiful place now. To JB and Dana, I love you and my prayers are constant for you at this time.~Dodie Maner, Lubbock, Texas
Monday, September 26, 2016Zac was one of my favorite people from the first day I met him. I will miss him greatly.~Chuck Allen
Monday, September 26, 2016Zac was a great friend and a good man! He will be greatly missed. Deepest sympathy to J.B. and the rest of the family. May he rest in peace.~Roger and Norma Duncan
Monday, September 26, 2016Condolences from VFW Post 688~Grant Meadows, Boerne, Texas
Monday, September 26, 2016I am so sorry to hear about Zachary. He was a great guy. I always enjoyed visiting with him and Gaylan thought a lot of him. God bless as you travel the road ahead~Cherry Schroeder