Rex M. Miner, 73, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, passed away Thursday (July 30) at Laurels of Worthington in Worthington. He was vice president and design engineer at Winnebago in Forest City, Iowa, and at Airstream Inc. in Jackson Center, Ohio.
Former Airstream Chairman Larry Huttle remembers working with Miner at both Winnebago and Airstream where he served as a vice president of product development at both companies.
“He had a really good professional demeanor to work with at all levels of the company, and he had the respect of everyone, whether it be sales, marketing, (Winnebago founder) John K. Hansen or (Thor co-founder) Wade Thompson,” said Huttle, currently based in Scottsdale, Ariz., who owns a Ford dealership and has other business interests. “He was one of the 12 guys who came from Winnebago to Airstream to reorganize things back in 1979 and 1980. Rex was one of the best product developers in the industry and had the respect of the suppliers who worked with him to make products more professional and user-friendly. He was a good student of the industry.”
Huttle says Miner had prostate cancer back in 2001 and, after recovering to an extent, retired from Airstream in 2003 as vice president of engineering and product development. “He was a good friend and well-liked in the industry at all levels, and he gained respect wherever he went through leadership and integrity,” said Huttle.
Born Oct. 23, 1941, in Indianola, Iowa, he was a son of the late Rex G. and Frankie Jayne Campbell Miner. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Marilee Armstrong and a brother, Jon Miner.
On July 30, 1982, in Russells Point, he married the former Peggy J. Blair, and she survives along with his daughter, Stephany Rogers and a son, Brian Miner both of Tucson, Ariz.; stepsons, T. Scott Curtner of Raleigh, N.C., and Shawn (Jenny) Curtner of Columbus; grandchild, Liam Rogers; four stepgrandchildren, Kate, Lucas, Blake and Reagan Curtner; sisters, Kris Erickson of Des Moines, Iowa, Darlene Metzker of Lakeland, Fla., and Linda Bingham of Indianola, Iowa.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was a member of the Indian Lake Moose Lodge 1533, Harold Kerr Post 173 American Legion, Frank D. Castle Post 1080, Bellefontaine, and the former Indian Lake Elks Lodge 2792.
A memorial service begins at noon Friday at Eichholtz Daring and Sanford Funeral Home, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where calling begins at 10 a.m. Military rites will be by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard. Inurnment will be held at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association and any Children’s Hospital of the donors’ choices.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.