William ‘Rex’ Weller, 93

Published 11:45am Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Born: April 18, 1919

Died: Feb. 7, 2013

William Rex Weller, 93, of Niles, passed away on Feb. 7, 2013, at his home of natural causes.

He was born April 18, 1919, in Akron, Ind., to Courtie and Eva Weller.  He was the sixth of 11 children. Rex served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1945 as a staff sergeant in the military police.  He spent 2 1/2 years overseas and was honorably discharged when the war ended.


He returned home to his wife, Shirley, and son, Michael, and went back to his job at Tylers.  Later, he worked for himself as a cement contractor.  In 1956, he built Skate-A-Rama, the skating rink on Huntly Road.  He and Shirley ran it until her death.  Rex loved the kids, and they loved him.  He often said it was the best job a man could have.  Rex was always known to be firm but fair and had the respect of all who knew him.

He was an active member of the Buchanan Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was loved and will be greatly missed by everyone in the congregation.  His qualities of loyalty, humility and strong faith will continue to be an inspiration to all.

Surviving family include his wife of 29 years, Donna; two sons, Michael (Carol) Weller of St. Joseph, and James (Caroline) Weller of Houston, Texas; three stepsons, Stephen (Shelli) Antisdel and Jeffrey (Funda) Antisdel, both of Buchanan, and Edward Antisdel, of Niles.  He was Grandpa to Tyanna, Jimmy, Shane, Jeff Jr., Kalee, Anika, Eylul and Isabella; and five great-grandchildren.  He also has two surviving brothers, Deverl (Anita) Weller, of Niles, and Courtie Weller, of Zeeland; and sisters, Justine Kroll, of South Bend, and Mildred (Bob) Lottridge, of Niles; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Niles Kingdom Hall, with visitation one hour before the service.  Burial will take place in Mission Hills Memorial Gardens.

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