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John Rex Fulbright, 76

| May 13, 2020 1:00 AM

John Rex Fulbright was born to John and Patty Fulbright on Dec. 14, 1943, in Astoria, Ore. Rex grew up on the family’s cattle ranch in Jordan, Mont.

In 1959, the family moved to Hamilton, Mont. and bought the Never Sweat Ranch. Rex graduated from Darby High School in 1962. The family attended the Assembly of God church in Hamilton. It was there that Rex met and married Wilma Kaiser in 1965.

Rex worked at Davidson’s gas station; Wilma had started the church’s kindergarten school and taught morning and afternoon classes. In 1967, Rex and Wilma moved to Burien, Wash., where Rex owned and operated service stations under Douglas, Texaco and Union 76. He and Wilma built a home in Rathdrum, Idaho, in 1999. Rex retired in 2018 after logging more than 3 million accident-free miles hauling cars.

Rex left his earthly home for eternity in Heaven on May 11, 2020, after a six-month cancer battle. He is survived by his wife, Wilma; son, John; daughter and son-in-law, Tawnya and Ward Tingley; brother, Larry; brother and sister-in-law, Phillip and Carol; and three generations of nieces and nephews.

Viewing and visitation for friends and family will be held at Yates Funeral Home – Hayden Chapel, 373 E. Hayden Ave., Hayden, Idaho, from 4-5 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2020. All are invited to a dinner reception beginning at 5 p.m. A private graveside service will be held on Saturday at Pinegrove Cemetery in Rathdrum.

Yates Funeral Home is entrusted with final arrangements. Please visit Rex’s online memorial and sign his guest book at