Rexford “Si” Jeffers, 93, of North Platte passed away at Linden Court on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.
Rex was born May 7, 1926 to Rex and Eva Jeffers on the family farm near Amherst, where he grew up. Rex went to school in Miller and graduated from Miller High School in 1943.
He attended Kearney State College for a semester then went to work at the Cornhusker Ammunition Depot in Grand Island. In 1945 Rex hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad in North Platte and worked as a fireman, later becoming an engineer, and retired from the railroad in 1984.
On June 7, 1950, Rex was united in marriage to Hilda Gibbons at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Prairie Center. The couple lived in North Platte where they raised their three children. Rex and Hilda were married for nearly 69 years when she passed away just a few months ago.
Rex was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Eagles Aires #2839, and the North Platte Rock Club where he served as president.
During his retirement years, Rex enjoyed camping trips with his wife and volunteering at the Senior Center delivering Meals on Wheels. He loved doing scenic photography and collecting and working with rocks.
He was also a bit of an inventor of garden tools and gadgets, it he didn’t have the right tool for a job, he’d make it.
Rex especially loved his family and Molly, his beloved cocker spaniel.
Rex is survived by his daughters, Sylvia Thornton of McCook and Colleen (Jim) Larsen of North Platte; grandchildren, Gianna (Luis) Nolda, Jessamy Thornton (Mike Generette), Micah Larsen, Jeremy (Carolyn) Larsen, Brian (Toshanna) Jeffers, and Christina (Thomas) Dodson; great-grandchildren, Steffani, Lexis, Evie, Henry, Harmony, Alexia, and Stephen; and other family.
Along with his wife, Hilda, Rex was preceded in death by their son, Gary; his sister, Rosemary Hemman; and parents, Rex and Eva Jeffers.
Cremation was chosen and inurnment will be at a later date in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. A gathering and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Colleen’s home, 3623 Sugarberry Road.
Odean Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Catholic School Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com.