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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Obituary: Rex Layne Bassinger, 59

  • Rex Layne Bassinger, 59, of Grand Island died at his residence in Grand Island Veterans Home on April 13, 2014. He was born on Dec. 3, 1954 at Nebraska City to Miner A. Bassinger and Loretta H. (Blankenship) Bassinger.
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  • Rex Layne Bassinger, 59, of Grand Island died at his residence in Grand Island Veterans Home on April 13, 2014. He was born on Dec. 3, 1954 at Nebraska City to Miner A. Bassinger and Loretta H. (Blankenship) Bassinger.
        After high school, he joined the Army in August of 1973 and served until 1976. He married Valerie Ransom. They had two children, Rex L. Bassinger Jr. and Tiffany Johnson. He later married Christie L. Gardner. They had a daughter, Corrie L. (Bassinger) Crook.
        Rex worked for Otoe County Roads Department, the Otoe County landfill, Kerford Limestone and the Teamsters Union as a laborer. He served on the Nebraska City School Board and was a member of the Eagle’s Club and American Legion. He lived in Nebraska City until moving to Ponca in 2007. In 2011 he moved to the Grand Island Veterans Home.
        He is survived by children Tiffany Johnson and husband Adam, Rex L. Bassinger Jr. and Corrie Crook and husband Troy; eight grandchildren, Lynn Espinosa, Mercedes Householder, Joseph Espinosa, Cory Johnson, Destry Bassinger, Anna Robertson, Chase Crook and Casen Crook; great grandchildren Marshall Johnson, Kendrick Johnson, Gacriel Clayton, Isyss Householder; brothers T.D. and wife Beth of Fort Worth, Texas, Eric Bassinger of Syracuse, Kyle Bassinger and wife Kim of Waverly; sister Twyla Tritch and husband Roger of Avoca, Susan Rinne and husband Gerald of Nebraska City, Paulette Bassinger of Lincoln, Maelynn Bassinger of Nebraska City, Niccole Lux and husband Paul of Crestview, Fla., and Wendelin Miller and husband John of Sidney; other family and friends.
        He was preceded by parents Miner and Loretta, brother Scott, sister Dawn and grandson Dillion Johnson.
        Rex’s greatest love and enjoyment was found when he was riding his Harley to and from biker rallies to Sturgis and Lake Perry. His favorite holidays were Christmas and Halloween. You knew all was great when you asked how he was doing and he replied with a grim, “They’re being mean to me.” He loved and enjoyed teasing children with the phrase, “I hate kids.” In the next moment, he had them sitting down with him enjoying cookies and a cola.
      A memorial service was April 17 at Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City, NE.  Burial was in the
    Riverton Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Sidney, Iowa, American Legion Post.
        Memorials are suggested to the Grand Island Veterans Home.
        Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com. Gude Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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