Rex Lang Harper, 71, of Bonnie a co-owner and operator of Lang Furniture, a family business, passed away on January 10, 2015 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon. He was born in Mt. Vernon on May 16, 1943 to Murel Lang Harper and R.A. “Rack” Harper of Bonnie, who predeceased him.
Rex is survived by his devoted wife of over 51 years, Joyce Harper (nee) Wangler of Bonnie; his two sons, Scott Lang Harper and wife Christine of St. Louis and Kip Bradley Harper and wife Annette of Nashville; two Grandchildren and the apples of his eyes, Anthony Harper and Emily Harper; a brother, Ronald Harper and wife Dicy of Mt. Vernon; sisters-in-law, Linda Harper of Mt. Vernon and Georgia Wangler of Belle Rive; brother-in-law, Neal Wangler and wife Gloria of Australia; nephews and nieces Chad Harper and wife Natalie, Shelly Mulchrone and husband Tom, Jill Harper, Nikki Strain and husband Jimmie Lee, Gary Wangler and wife Kay, Loran Wangler and wife Vanessa, Frank Wangler and wife Janette, Jeanie Hamson and husband Steve, James Wangler and wife Janie, Corey Wangler, Virginia Cox and husband Randy, and Tammy Phillips and husband Barry.
Rex was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Rodney Harper, his grandparents, C.G. and Grace Lang, and Nettie Hale, by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sebren and Opal Wangler; and by his brother-in-law, Harold Wangler.
He worked his entire life at the family business, Lang Furniture and Lang General Merchandise. Rex was dedicated to the family business and his many customers and co-workers. Rex loved Cardinal baseball and NASCAR racing and attended the Bonnie Methodist Church.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, January 13 at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with Rev. Steve Hamson and Rev. Karol Brown officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, Memorials may be made to the Bonnie Methodist Church in Mr. Harper’s memory, and will be accepted at the funeral home at any time.