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First Baptist Church of Orleans
Saturday February 19th, 2022

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Rex Alden Diffendarfer

Rex Alden Diffendarfer, 83, passed away on February 6th, 2022 at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana.

He was born in Kimmel, Indiana on December 29th, 1938 to William Floyd and Ruth (Haney) Diffendarfer. Rex married Jacqueline Biron on March 2nd, 1982, who proceeded him in death on March 31st, 2014. He was also preceded in death by his parents and oldest sister, Betty Zeedyk.

Rex graduated from Churubusco High School in 1956 and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Following his discharge, he went to work as an engineer for National Cash Register (NCR) working his way up to regional area manager during his 30-year career with NCR. After retiring, Rex found a way to combine his passion for woodworking as a job, working in the design/quality dept. of Kimball Industries. His woodworking projects will live on as cherished toys and family heirlooms for his grandchildren… cars, games, elephant puzzles and a doll house.

He was a member of Wycliffe United Methodist Church and then Mt. Lebanon serving as Treasurer for both churches. Most recently he has been attending First Baptist Church of Orleans.

Rex was an avid outdoor sportsman enjoying years of training bird dogs, hunting, tying flies, making fly rods and fishing. In the late 70’s and early 80’s Rex was a member of the Fort Wayne Rugby Club, where his tenacity earned him the name “Maddog”. He will be remembered for his big heart and dry sense of humor.

He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Pamela Tuck, Ken Diffendarfer and Diana Clark (David) his sister Phyllis Lambert; his step-children Debra Ferguson (Woodie), Richard Shireman (Tina), and David Shireman; 23 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at 11am at the First Baptist Church Orleans, 751 E. Washington Street, Orleans, IN 47452

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Habitat for Humanity.


Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, French Lick, Indiana. 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website – www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com. 

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A candle was lit in memory of Rex Diffendarfer

Anthony Elrod Feb 13 2022 5:28 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rex Diffendarfer

Monte and Linda (Nicodemus) Gerig Feb 11 2022 11:09 AM

Rest peacefully old teammate and friend. Your life was an inspiration for all that knew you.

Todd Davis Feb 11 2022 12:22 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rex Diffendarfer

Mike and Cindy Howard Feb 10 2022 5:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rex Diffendarfer

Rick Tammy Brown Feb 9 2022 11:26 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rex Diffendarfer

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