Rex Allen Yarian, 74, of rural Mentone, passed at 1:56 a.m., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Lutheran Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne.
Rex was born on Jan. 28, 1948 in Warsaw, Indiana to Donald D. and Doris M. (Robbins) Yarian. He married on Nov. 16, 1972, in Mentone, to Diana L. Melton, she survives.
He was a 1966 graduate of Mentone High School, where he was a three-sport athlete, basketball, track, and baseball. Rex served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion as well as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. He was very proud to be awarded the Veteran of the Month of Kosciusko.
He worked for Holiday Rambler where he was an electrician. In earlier years he also worked for Smith Brothers of Mentone. Rex was an avid bowler and a travel softball player. He was an Indiana University and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Family was very important to Rex. He was a supporter of his children and grandchildren in all things, especially in their sporting events.
He is survived by his wife Diana Yarian of rural Mentone; mother Doris Yarian of Winona Lake; daughter Mariah and husband Jeff Snapp of Mentone; son Wes and wife Shelly Yarian of Akron; grandchildren Michaela and fiancé Hannah, Dakota and wife Dakota, Jasten, Mercedes, Jayden, Milee, Cami, and Christian; and sister Donna and husband Jim Roach of Claypool; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Charger.
The memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, with Pastor Mandy Nellans officiating. Military honors will follow the service at the funeral home.
The future remembrance place will be in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.
Memorial visitation will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at King Memorial Home, Mentone.
Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund 3033 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22201 or the Mentone 4-Way Ambulance Service.
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