Rex L. Gleason was born on February 21, 1914 to parents Milo and Nannie Gleason in the small community of Cundiff, located near Jacksboro in Jack County Texas. He passed from this earthly life on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the age of 94.
As a child, he attended Forth Worth public schools, and was a graduate of Central High School (today known as Trimbell Tech). He received his bachelor?s degree from Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth, followed by a Masters degree in School Administration at Texas Christian University. He also attended University of Maryland.
Rex taught at Mineral Wells high School before entering the Army in 1942, where he was posted to various stateside bases before being dispatched to the South Pacific. He was stationed at Manila in the Philippine islands at the close of World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of infantry captain.
After the war, he was among the pioneering group of educators sent to Europe to organize a new school system for American Dependents of Overseas Personnel (?Overseas Brats?). He organized, taught, and served as principal of the Munich American High School. He served as principal of the American Junior High School in Frankfurt, Germany and later at George C. Marshall High School in Ankara, Turkey before retiring in 1975. Upon retirement, Rex returned to Fort Worth, where he served at All Saints Episcopal School as a beloved substitute teacher for many years .
Rex was preceded in death by his parents Milo and Nannie, along with his brothers, Pressley and Phipps Allen. He is survived by his brother, William and wife Pat of Jacksboro, His nephew Scott of Tomball, his Nephew David and family of Haslet, his nephew Bruce of Jacksboro, and his niece, Jackie Westfahl of Houston. Along with a host of dear friends and neighbors, he also leaves behind a worldwide legacy - generations of his former students.
Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro. The funeral service will be held at the Coker Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, April 17 at 4:00 pm, with burial service following at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro.
The family requests that memorials be made in the form of contributions in his name to the Gladys Johnson Ritchie Library in Jacksboro.