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Rex Elbert Garr Sr.

Funeral services for Rex E. Garr, age 85, of Albert Lea, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Bridge Community Church.  Rev. Clayton Balsley will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the V.F.W. and American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.


Rex died Monday, July 10, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea.


Rex Elbert Garr was born October 6, 1931 in Chapel, Missouri, the son of Jesse C. and Laura Belle (West) Garr.  Rex was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps and served in Korea, earning several medals for his time of service.  He was united in marriage to Elaine A. Skogheim in August 1955 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and had three children together, Dawn, DeDe, and Rex “Buzz” Jr.  Rex started his heating and air conditioning career at his father-in-law’s (Andrew Skogheim) business, Andy’s Sheet Metal in Albert Lea.  He spent the rest of his working career at Kelley Plumbing and Heating but his passion was his time spent as a race car driver.  He raced for 24 years all over Minnesota, Iowa, and California.  The highlights were when he was awarded the Fan’s Favorite Race Car Driver Award and Best Dressed Pit Crew. He enjoyed following many sports in person and on tv, especially Indy racing.  He was also a loyal Denver Broncos fan.  Rex was a devoted Christian and spent 35 years volunteering as an Awana leader and many years as a Sunday school teacher at Calvary Baptist Church in Albert Lea.  He enjoyed spending as much time as possible at his second home in Arizona and became a member of East Mesa Baptist Church in Mesa while living there.  He had an extra special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved being known as the cookie grampa.


Rex is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elaine (Skogheim) Garr; children, Dawn Knutson, DeDe (Bob) Haroldson, and Rex “Buzz” Garr; grandchildren, Tonya (Eric) Ruzek, Samantha (Fran) Bekaert, Kara (Dan) Pryde, Clint (fiancé Ericha) Benson, Dustin Haroldson, Cody (fiancé Chelsey) Haroldson, Sammy Garr, Brianne (special friend Comet) Garr, and Terissa Cotten; great-grandchildren, Cole, Myia, Jace, Makayla, Cierra, Macy, Boston, Gavin, Cade, Jaeda, Laura, Jesse, and Emerald; sister, Thelma Tonga; special nephew, Mike Wolter; and special niece, Tammy Wolter.


Rex was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Laura Garr; brother, Lawrence Garr; sister, Dorothy; and special niece, Lauretta Wolter.


Memorials are preferred to the AWANA Program at Bridge Community Church (formerly Calvary Baptist Church) in Albert Lea.

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A candle was lit in memory of Rex Garr Sr.

Debbie Christensen Jul 25 2017 12:00 AM

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Rex Garr. I only knew Rex as a racer, watching him frequently at the Chateau Speedway. In 1970 l actually got to race with Rex and absolutely one of the highlights of my short race career was passing Rex in ONE race. By no means was I a better racer, his car just wasn't handling that race. He was always a larger than life racer to me, always a gentleman, professional, and he and Lawrence could build beautiful cars and strong flatheads. I will always cherish memories of him and the pictures I have of him and his race cars, especially the 1938 Ford coupe. Ken Thiele, Mankato, MN.

Ken Thiele Jul 21 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rex Garr Sr.

Kathy Buker Jul 12 2017 12:00 AM

Elaine and family,
Our deepest sympathies to everyone. Lots of fun memories of Rex. Prayers sent for comfort and peace as you walk thru this very difficult time. Know that we are thinking of you.
Aunt Mike, David, Connie and families

David and Connie Johnson, Mike Johnson Jul 11 2017 12:00 AM

To Elaine and Family:

I was very sorry to hear of Rex's passing. Our condolences to you all. I have a lot of GREAT memories of Rex. Most of them coming from racing. I remember all of the "clowning around" that Rex and Ole did before the races would start. Lumps of dirt in the drivers seat, etc. They were BOTH great guys. AND very good racers! I remember helping Rex get out of his 58 Ford in Mason City when he ended up on his roof. That was a nasty wreck.
I also remember Rex as a very caring man. Both of you were at our house when my dad passed away. And visited often after that. I also remember Rex coming in to the Big Dipper that my mom owned. I would be in awe as he was one of my racing "heros". Ole Brua was the other one.

I think of him often and will continue to do so.

Jerry Monson

Jerry Monson Jul 11 2017 12:00 AM

Prayers to you and your family. Rex was a special guy, he always had time to visit with me at the beauty shop. He also have great hugs! We know he is with the Lord walking those streets of gold and visiting with my dad, Marvin.

Alan & Marcy Anderson Jul 11 2017 12:00 AM

Elaine & family, our deepest sympathy to you & your family. We had occasions to visit with him at Lauretta & Mike's. Such a sweet man, a gentle man. How blessed to have known him.
With prayers for your family, the Hauses

Sandy & Chuck Hause Jul 11 2017 12:00 AM

Very sorry for your loss

Steve and Deb Barrett Jul 11 2017 12:00 AM