Rex Douglas Marvel, 75, of South Bend passed away on Friday September 3, 2021. Rex was born on August 30, 1946, in South Bend to the late Rex E and Helen (Nagy) Marvel. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mari D Holte, a brother Paul Marvel, brother-in-law Duane Holte and sister-in-law Susan Marvel.
Rex was a “regular” guy who was anything but regular. He loved you without conditions, accepted you without hesitation, rescued you without questions, and supported you without reservation. Rex radiated and personified hospitality, always ready to share a warm smile and a place at his table and heart. Strangers became ‘family’ with his gift for making everyone feel comfortable, at ease and welcome. Rex was known for many things, being a son, husband, brother, Dad, Dzia Dzia and friend, but mostly he was known for his love.
Rex married the love of his life Patricia Sibly, November 30 ,1968 after attending Washington-Clay High School. Together, Pat and Rex had four children: Jennifer (Jeff Eberly) Marvel and Stacie (Christopher) VanLaere both of Mishawaka, Meredith (Lee) Coartney and Anthony (Emily) Marvel, both of South Bend. While Rex had many accomplishments, he would tell you his greatest was his family. From celebrations to setbacks, with the birth of each child, and his 13 grandchildren that strength and family bond continued to grow.
He was proud to be a veteran and to have served his country in Vietnam. He was a member of the United States Army 25thInfantry and 68th Armor Division.
Rex worked at Bendix Corp for 17 years Following his career retirement as a service technician for Power Gear of Mishawaka, Rex returned to school to pursue his next chapter by embracing his life-long passion of food. He earned his chef coat and CCP, Certified Culinary Professional degree from Ivy Tech, and proudly bore a new title, Chef Rex. Once fully retired he enjoyed traveling and seeing the world along with his bride, Pat.
He and Pat are active at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, where he served as Eucharistic minister and lector. They served on the National Board of Catholic Engaged Encounter and was active in the South Bend chapter for over 20 years.
Along with his wife and children, Rex also leaves 13 grandchildren, brother, David Marvel of Edwardsburg MI, sister-in-law Debbie Marvel as well as many extended family members. If you had the pleasure of knowing him, you undoubtedly were on the receiving end of his love and unparalleled generosity. Rex left his mark on many and the world is a better place because of him.
A visitation will be held 4-8pm Friday Sept 10, 2021, at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Dr. South Bend. A Parish Rosary will be prayed at 7:30pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am Saturday, September 11, 2021, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church 1501 W Washington St., South Bend Indiana. Military honors will be performed after Mass. Cremation will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Miller’s Vets @ https://www.millersvets.com or St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. To send online condolences please visit www.kaniewski.com
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