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Jan 29, 1987 - March 11, 2013 EDMOND SSG Rex Lloyd Schad, 26, of Edmond, was killed in action March 11, 2013, in Jalrez, Wardak Province, Afghanistan, while conducting a patrol brief with the Afghanistan National Police. He was assigned to Company A, 3d Battalion, 69th Armor, 1BCT, Fort Stewart, GA, serving as an Army Squad Leader on his 2nd deployment to Afghanistan. Rex was born January 29, 1987, at Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA to Rex and Colleen (Whipple) Schad. At the age of two, Rex moved to Oklahoma, graduating from Edmond Memorial High School in 2005. On February 15, 2006, he enlisted in the Army Infantry assigned to 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea, including other assignments to Fort Lewis, WA and Fort Stewart, GA. For his seven years of Army service, SSG Rex L. Schad is being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal w/"V" (Valor), including prior awards: two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, two Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medals w/Bronze Service Star - 4, and other awards; badges awarded include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and other badges. Rex is survived by his mother, Colleen A. Whipple, Edmond, OK; father, Rex J. Schad, Shawnee, OK; brother, Max J. and wife Miranda Whipple, Fort Wainwright, AK; maternal grandfather, Harold L. Whipple, Edmond, OK; paternal grandparents, Rex A. and Joanne Schad, Fort Myers, FL; aunt, Kathleen Abdelaal, Edmond, OK; uncle, Peter and wife Sheryl Whipple, Mountain Grove, MO; aunt, Mary Beth Schad, Chicago, IL; uncle, Brad Schad, Chicago, IL; fiancee, Ana Sabrina Carmona, Atlanta, GA; and 13 cousins. He was preceded in death by his Nana, Christina Beryl Whipple; and aunt, Christina Whipple Page. A note written in a card received by Rex's family best describes his character, "He touched my heart & soul with his laughter and kindness. He's the type that could lift anybody up and make them feel positivity. I wish things were different - as does everybody but at the same time I'm so proud of him. It's amazing that such a short life could touch so many people for the better. I've never met a person that didn't absolutely adore Rex. He's left an impression on so many hearts. He's truly somebody to look up to." Rex was a marathon runner. He ran marathons in Seattle, Chicago and Atlanta. He convinced some of his Army peers to also run. Sometimes they ran in their Army boots with backpacks. He ran in an American Cancer Society marathon just four days before he left for Afghanistan. Services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Edmond LifeChurch (I-35 & 2nd). The family requests any memorials be made to Fisher House Foundation, USO, Wounded Warrior Project or to the Patriot Riders.

Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 19, 2013
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