Orville Willis Rexford went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, February 4, 2018 after a short battle with lung cancer. He was born on June 3, 1928 in Hastings, Nebraska to Joseph Newel Rexford and Doratha Georgia Sunday. Orville was the “middle” child, Eva Warthen being his older sister, and Vernon Rexford, his younger brother.
They spent quite a bit of time with Nina and Farmer Saddler while growing up and attending church in Hastings regularly. One day when Orville was following his sister Eva across the street, he was hit by a car, leaving tire tracks across his forehead. He said the only thing he remembered of the entire accident was that the man driving the car gave him a Canadian quarter. The family left Hastings when Orville was in kinder garden and moved to Pease Bottom, Montana (5 miles away from Myers) traveling in a Model T. Orville, Eva, and Vernon attended school at a one room schoolhouse at Rancher which curiously enough is the same schoolroom that Orville’s children, Bill, Fay, Nina, and Butch attended. That Schoolhouse is still there today, preserved by the historical society. Orville, Eva, and Vernon helped their Mom and Dad by milking 15 cows and selling cream. They also pulled up ice cakes from the creek and put them in an ice house.
Orville met Theo Lilley in 1947 and married her on 11/27/48. They had 4 children: William Harry (Bill), Fay, Nina , and Orville Wayne (Butch). Butch drowned in the Yellowstone River on July 5, l968. He owned a small farm in Peas Bottom and a dairy with about 30 head of milk cows. He milked the cows with machines, separated the milk, and sold milk and cream. Orville could often be heard singing to Fay and Nina the tune “Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do. I”m half crazy, all for the love of you. I can’t afford a carriage, but you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.
Fishing, hunting, and horses were high on Orville’s priority list on the rare occasion he was not farming. There was always much work to be done between working the farm and milking the cows. Orville was an excellent shot and fed his family with deer he killed and catfish from the river close by. Later in his life he made an excellent long distance shot on a huge buck deer that had a fantastic rack and he could not wait to tell his children about it!! He often broke horses and sold them, and until his later years always owned and rode horses, at least one. One of the highlights of his younger years was having the privilege of sitting astride a tall thoroughbred belonging to his cousin Harriet in Nebraska.
Orville married Mary Lane on December 20, 2014, and she has been the light of his life until his death. They enjoyed catfishing on the Yellowstone River, especially when accompanied by his grandson Tracy Krueger
Orville is survived by his wife Mary Lane Rexford, three of his remaining children: William Harry Rexford (Dianna) of Livermore, Colorado, Fay Hebert (Danny) of Parkville KY, and Nina Krueger (Claude) of Forsyth, Montana. He is also survived by 7 Grandchildren, Karolyn Martinkus, Jeanna Whipple, Karla Clapper, Tracy Krueger, Jim Gilbert, Cody Gilbert, and JoAnne Johnson; 13 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his previous wives: Theo Lilley Rexford, Mabel Miller Rexford, and Agnes Wolf Rexford and his son, Orville Wayne (Butch) Rexford.</p>