Rex Grable, 82

Rex E. Grable, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at his home.He was born Jan. 23, 1929 in Churubusco, a son of Clarence T. and Bertha O. (Meyers) Grable. At the age of four, his family moved to Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947.On Aug. 3, 1947 he was united in marriage to Eleanor J. Tanner. They made their home in Columbia City until 1988 when they moved to Troy Cedar Lake. Since October 2010 they have made their home east of Columbia City.He was employed at Dana Corp. for eight years, owned and operated Grable’s Sinclair Station from 1954 until 1959, operated the garage for Kitson Dairy for five years, worked for Paul Hunckler for eight years, owned and operated Rex Grable Assoc. from the 1970s until the 1990s, owned and operated Dues Restaurant for eight years and retired in 1999 from Columbia City Post Office with 15 years of service.His memberships include Grace Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 98 and Columbia City Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks 1417.Surviving relatives include his wife, Eleanor; two children, Dennis E. Grable of Columbia City and Becky Lee Simons of Grant, Mich.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Ted T. Grable of Columbia City; and a sister, Connie Rohrbach of Columbia City.He was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Gay Feist.The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with an Elks service at 7 p.m. Preferred memorials are to Grace Lutheran Food Pantry. Condolences may be sent to