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Rex Emerson Steele, age 87 of Warren, died Sunday, October 22, 2017 at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Macomb Center in Warren. He was born September 28, 1930 in Detroit, son of the late James and the late Jenny (nee; Schmidt) Steele.

With thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to Rex for his service to our country as a sailor in our great U.S. Navy. Serving from 1948 thru 1952, he was one of the valiant seaman who made up the crew of the USS Amphion and was commissioned at sea for over 3 years of his military stint. For his willingness to stand in harm's way for the sake of freedom's cause and his strength in the midst of challenging circumstances, we honor Rex for his bravery and patriotism as we extend our posthumous gratitude for his honorable service.

Possessing the talents and skills necessary in the world of printing, Rex's return from his military service found him resuming that experience as an employee with the Thos. P. Henry Printing Company where he worked as a type-setter. Coming from a generation where there wasn't a lot of job hopping as we see today, Rex was proud of his efforts which spanned over 40 years and included his utmost in dedicated service and loyalty.

Rex was a simple man with simple tastes and his diversions were few. When it came time for enjoying life outside of the job, it often meant heading north to a cozy hideaway in Barton City, Michigan where he would rent a cottage in the vicinity of Jewel Lake,…and just breathe. Exchanging the concrete jungle for a bit of the Mitten's up north splendor never ceased to be haven of rest for Rex and his loved ones. Yet every now and then, that rest would be exchanged for a little recreation as he picked up his fishing pole and headed out in search of that elusive "Big One." He loved goin' fishin' and lived for the calmness that surrounded the sport,…right up to the point that his line got a snag, then it became enthralling. One of his other favorite pastimes involved keeping his mind sharp by solving crossword puzzles, a little diversion that he looked forward to with great desire.

Yet of all that Rex treasured and enjoyed, nothing could compare to the love and adoration he held for his family and loved ones. They meant the world to him and provided countless moments of joy for him to cherish as he trod his path in life. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a mentor to many. He leaves behind a unique and genuine legacy of love, one that he shared openly and honestly with a devotion that touched all of those closest to him. Rex's care and outreach also touched the lives of many other hearts and souls in his journey through life and he leaves a host of memories for all to embrace who were blessed to know him. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Rex was the beloved husband of Mary. Dear father of Charon (Pasquali) DeMatteis, Robert Steele, Noelle (John) Nowakowski, and the late James Steele. He was the loving grandfather of Elena, Anna, Clare, Nicholas, Nicole, and Brendon. Cherished brother of Bernadette Newsome.

Visitation for Rex will be held Tuesday, October 24th from 3-9 pm, with a 6 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. He will lie in state on Wednesday from 9:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church, St Dorothy Campus in Warren.

Please share memories of Rex at his memory book above.