Jun 21, 1933 – Jan 30, 2018
Russell Edward (Rex) Krepps was born on June 21, 1933 in a farmhouse in Brock, Saskatchewan to Josephine Lasuta and Gerald Krepps. Rex passed away peacefully at his home in Nanaimo, British Columbia on January 30, 2018.
A child of the depression, Rex and his family moved to Rolling Hills, Alberta in 1939 to homestead and to carve a new life out of the prairie sod. These humble beginnings had a lasting impact on Rex, and forged a sense of independence and self-reliance that would be fundamental to his character throughout his life.
Rex left Rolling Hills in 1950 to join the RCAF, and to see the world. He spent over 26 years in the Air Force, and was posted to bases across Canada, including in the far north. He was also posted to Europe, where he and his loving wife Daryl travelled extensively. They had their first son, Robert, in 1965, while stationed in Germany, and their second son, Sean, in 1970 upon returning to Edmonton.
Later that same year the Krepps’ family moved on to their final posting in Ottawa, where Rex and Daryl would remain for the next 37 years. Rex would retire from the Air Force to be seconded to the Department of Supply and Services, where he would spend seven more years working on a major inventory control project. He then moved on to his third career in real estate, before retiring in 1997.
Rex was a devoted family man, who cherished his wife Daryl. He also loved sports, especially baseball, curling, and golf. Rex spent many hours coaching his son’s baseball teams during their childhood years, and instilled his love of curling in them both. He and Daryl were members of many curling clubs over the years, and Rex was a particularly keen competitor. In fact, in his younger years, while stationed in Goose Bay, Labrador, Rex skipped his team to a runner-up finish in the provincial Brier playdowns.
He also loved to golf and was a proud member of both the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club and the Nanaimo Golf Club over the years. Beyond the time that they spent on the golf course, these memberships provided Rex and Daryl with an extensive network of friends.
Rex loved nothing more than an evening spent with friends, laughing, singing, and telling stories. It was in these moments that he truly came alive, and when his mischievous spirit shone through for all to see.
Rex was predeceased by his parents, by two brothers, Phillip and James, and by a sister, Geraldine. He is survived by two sisters, Beulah MacKinnon and Gloria Krepps
.Rex is survived by his wife Daryl of 57 years, and by their two sons Robert (Rejeanne) and Sean (Megan Conway). He is also survived by three grandchildren, Carson, Zoe, and Jordan Peace, who all had a very special place in his heart. He spent many hours watching their sports and activities during his retirement years, and loved every minute of it.
Rex loved the spectacular view of Nanaimo harbour from his and Daryl’s condo. He spent many happy hours gazing out the window and watching the ferries, boats, and floatplanes come and go. He never lost his sense of wonder in these everyday occurrences, or in the huge advancements that he witnessed over the course of his lifetime.
Rex was a true original, who will be missed by everyone who knew him. His enjoyed his incredible, lifelong journey to the fullest.
At Rex’s request there will be no formal service. However, in honour of his dedication and love of youth sports, donations, if desired, can be made in his memory to the Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association, PO Box 327, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5L3.
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