Obit: Rex Thomsen, 61, Scottville

June 10, 2014

AD_100_wymanRex Edward Thomsen aged 61 of Scottville died suddenly on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his home.  Rex was born on October 17, 1952 in Storm Lake, Iowa, the son of Eggert A. and Alberta L. (Kaskadden) Thomsen, and served his country during the Vietnam Conflict with the United States Marine Corps.  While in the Corps, he served as a drill instructor, a role in which he took a lot of pride.  On February 17, 1973 he married Sharon Buffenbarger in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and they have celebrated 41 years by each other’s side.  After the service, Rex worked for his father with Mid States Real Estate and for Newell Public Schools in Iowa, before moving to Scottville where he worked in the accounting office for Stokely’s Cannery. 

Rex enjoyed woodworking, especially fretwork and building birdhouses, and also liked to spend time deer hunting, fishing, camping, and working in his gardens. A die hard Iowa Hawkeye fan, he rarely missed an opportunity to cheer them on and show his true colors.  He also liked to follow the Tigers and Lions, and loved watching classic western John Wayne movies.

Rex will be greatly missed by his wife Sharon, his son Edward Thomsen and his wife Sarah of Allegan, his daughter Cynthia Thomsen of Scottville, his beloved grandsons Anthony, William, Joseph, and Charles, his father Eggert Thomsen and his wife Inez of Newell, Iowa, his sisters donna Biggins of Colorado, Ruth Westergaard, Susan Puhrmann and her husband Mark, and Shirley Watkins all of Iowa, his brother Don Thomsen of Florida, and many nieces and nephews. 

Rex was preceded in death by his son Philip in January 2002, and his mother Alberta Thomsen in 2006.

Memorial Services will be held for Rex at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 21 at the Stephens Funeral Home in Scottville with Rev. Jack Conklin of the Scottville United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial with Honor Guard rites will follow at Brookside Cemetery in Scottville.  Friends may meet with his family for a time of visitation on Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 am at the funeral home.  Those who wish to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Disabled American Veterans.

Please visit Rex’s personal memory page at to sign his guestbook, or to leave a memory of Rex for his family.

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