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James J. Rexroat

James J. Rexroat
James J. Rexroat

James J. Rexroat, 77, of Leesburg, Florida died on January 2, 2022, at The Villages Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in The Villages, Florida. James was born on July 4, 1944, at Southtown Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were Joe G. Rexroat and Lorraine Violet (Hepburn) Rexroat Mathieson. Both of whom predeceased him. He married Donna C. Sowles in Schererville, Indiana on November 25, 1965. To this union was born one child, Violet Rose Rexroat, who married Francis W. (AKA Frank) Fouchia in Tavares, Florida. Mr. Rexroat served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era, 1966-1969, and served as a military mail clerk at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was responsible for the mail delivery for an excess of 600 men, serving in the Command Headquarters and personnel in many units attached for support. Following his service, he was employed by the U.S. Army as a civil service employee with duties in the Supply Division: Directorate of Logistics, for the U.S. Army Alaska. At one time he also served as the Accountable officer for ammunition and explosive stocks at Fort Richardson, Alaska and the Alaskan Commodity manager for all ammunition and explosive items at Forts, Richardson, Wainwright, and Greely. James graduated from The National Search and Rescue school in San Diego, California. While he was working for the Army, he enjoyed boating in Alaska and joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. While in the Auxiliary; he served as Publications Officer and Vice-Flotilla Commander in Flotilla 02-02 located in Anchorage and boated primarily in Seward, Alaska. James was appointed as Assistant District Staff Officer Operations for the Northern area of the Seventeenth Coast Guard district. He was among the first group of Alaskan Auxiliarist who were appointed as Qualification Examiners responsible for assisting in educating and examining fellows for proficiency and command of required rules and procedures necessary to perform Patrol and Search/ Rescue operations. After retirement as a civil service employee in Alaska, he and his wife, Donna, relocated to the Villages, in Lady Lake, Florida and a few years later moved to Leesburg. James was known and will be remembered in his subdivision as a helpful and willing neighbor always eager to lend a hand. He is survived by his wife, Donna, his daughter, Violet, and son-in-law Frank.

There will not be any funeral arrangements, his cremains will be sent to rest with his father, Joe G., at the West Somerset Cemetery, in Somerset, Kentucky.

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