Rex Gardner, 65, of Wappapello, MO, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. He was born February 3, 1953 in Sikeston, MO to the late Bascum and Verla (Tidwell) Gardner. Rex was a loving father, grandfather and friend. He was raised in Sikeston, MO and attended school there. Rex was an over-the-road truck driver and never met a stranger. He was a member of the Eagles Club in Sikeston, MO and Wappapello, MO for many years. He would do anything for anyone. He enjoyed his dog Zeke. He was a loving father to his daughter, Stephanie who was a daddy’s girl regardless of her age. He gave his all for her and she will miss him greatly. Everyone who knew him, knew Stephanie, Shelly and Melissa were his world. Rex will be missed by his family and friends. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters: Patsy Gardner and Robbie Williams. Rex is survived by one child: Stephanie Francis of Wappapello, MO; two grandchildren: Shelly Gardner and Melissa Ward of Rockford, IL; one brother: Leburn Gardner and his wife Darlene of Arnold, MO; two sisters: Martha Hyde of Granite City, IL and Brenda Thomas of Sikeston, MO; many nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be no services. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com.