Rex Martini

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Rex L. Martini 90, of Belleville, IL, born July 6, 1927, in Alton, IL, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Martini was a lifelong resident of St. Clair County and a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Belleville, IL. He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific theater and again in the Korean Conflict.

Rex owned and operated Marex Tool and Die in Belleville, IL for over 40 years. As a leading member of the St. Clair County business community, he served as chairman of the board of the Catholic and Community Credit Union for 30 years. In honor of his contributions to the local community, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern declared July 8, 2017 to be “Rex Martini Day” throughout the county. Rex recently celebrated the occasion, and that of his 90th birthday, with family and friends.

He and his wife of 60 years, Wilma, traveled extensively in retirement, including trips to Vatican City, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Hawaii and to visit family members around the country.

Rex enjoyed playing golf and riding motorcycles.  Always a skilled handyman, he enjoyed collecting and restoring classic cars with his sons. He was also a terrific dancer, and never shied away from an opportunity to attend parties and celebrations.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Rose, nee Walter, Martini, whom he married on April 18, 1953 at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, and who died on November 14, 2013; his parents, Clarence G. and Marie, nee Lucker, Martini; and a brother, Ralph Martini.

Surviving are two sons and a daughter, Richard (Peggy) Martini of Belleville, IL, Brad (Kim) Martini of Phoenix, AZ, and Ann (Dr. Robert) Raish of Burlington, WA;
seven grandchildren, Sara Hallermann (Matthew), Kelly and Tyler Martini, Brendan Martini, Abigail (Adam Heeg), and Michael and David Raish;
and a sister, Julie Martini Herrmann.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Althoff Catholic High School Capital Campaign or to St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Belleville, IL are appreciated. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2017, at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum Chapel, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2017, at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.  Entombment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum, Belleville, IL.


8 Comments on Rex Martini

John Pertzborn said : Guest Report Aug 07, 2017 at 9:08 PM

DearvRick, Peggy, and family, Our condolences on the death of your father. Respectfully, John & Mary Pertzborn

  • Belleville
  • Il
Frank J. Rogg Jr. said : Guest Report Aug 04, 2017 at 4:19 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Martini Family. Rex gave me my first job at his shop as a very young teenager doing custodial duties and basic maintenance. I worked there for 8 years, he gave me direction, discipline and responsibilities that I still carry with me to this day. I can still see him walking around his shop with the red shop towel hanging out of his right rear pocket. He even let me drive his brand new 1970 Chevrolet el Camino SS I will never forget that! Thank You for serving our country and may God continue to Bless You and Your Family. Rest In Peace.

  • Godfrey
  • Il
Jack Oesterle,Jr. said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2017 at 5:17 AM

Dear Ann, I'm so sorry about your father! I lost my father in 2003! My prayers are with you and your family!

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Marty & Ron O'Connor said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2017 at 8:46 PM

Rick & Family - Please accept our sympathies on the passing of your Father.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Bill and Lou Ann James said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2017 at 7:54 PM

The Rex Martini family, We are so sorry to read about Rex. It was such a pleasure knowing him. Bill worked with him many years in the tool and die business and he always conducted his business with skilled professionalism. As newlyweds, we were also fortunate to have been provided with our first apartment above Marex Tool and Die Company in Belleville which we rented for 6 months before moving into the house which Bill's grandfather built. May all the good memories that your family have of Rex bring you peace.

  • IL
Larry Dahm said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2017 at 5:46 PM

So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I lost mine last year and can relate to your feelings of sadness. May the Lord ease the pain of your grieving. Blessings! LD

  • San Francisco
  • CA
LINDA KODERHANDT said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Condolences to your family during this difficult time. Frank and Helga Rogg

  • IL
Janet Cullen-Shearrer said : Guest Report Jul 29, 2017 at 6:39 PM

Brad and family ~ I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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