Rex Wayne Slocum
Rex Wayne Slocum died peacefully on February 1, 2014. He was 94. He will be missed and his life will be remembered and celebrated by his family and friends.
Mr. Slocum was born in Yuma, Colorado on June 8, 1919. He attended high school in Kirksville, Missouri.
In 1938, Mr. Slocum joined the United States Navy and served in the North Atlantic before the war. By December 1941, he was stationed in Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Sacramento. He was one of the last Pearl Harbor survivors.
In 1942, Mr. Slocum married Dorothy Mae Collop, another Kirksville native. After the war, the couple relocated and Mr. Solcum was stationed in San Diego, California. The couple became proud parents of their first child, Anna Jean Slocum. Later, Mr. Slocum was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While there the couple had their son, Donald Wayne Slocum.
Mr. Slocum retired from active service in 1959 and moved his family to Pomona, California where he was a member of the First Baptist Church, The Fleet Reserve and Pearl Harbor Survivors. He worked as a maintenance electrician for Kaiser Steel, Potlatch Paper and worked with Garden State Paper until his retirement at age 62.
Mr. Slocum is survived by his children and their spouses, daughter, Anna and son-in-law, Bruce Allyn; son, Don Slocum and daughter-in-law, Kathy Slocum; four grandchildren and their spouses, David Allyn (Lea), Michael Allyn (Amanda), Donette Zegar (Casey) and Scott Slocum (Angi). He was a proud great-grandfather to Christian, Garrett, Makenna, Brittyn, Savanna, Calla, Slater, Carly, Brandon and Jason.