Rex Vernon Hillman was born February 2, 1956 in WaKeeney, Kansas to Dale Vernon and Ethel (Billinger) Hillman. He graduated in 1974 from Trego County High School and 1978 from Kansas State University. He spent most of his career as an IT Database Administrator starting with Conoco, Inc. in Ponca City, Oklahoma and retiring from ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Rex loved his family, doting on his nieces and nephews and the Greats. He cherished his friendships made at TCHS, KSU (Go CATS) and work and maintained a close connection to a group from his early Conoco days.
Rex died peacefully on November 16, 2019 in Oklahoma City, OK after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Raymond Douglas, and niece Leslie Douglas Gates-Hadley.
He is survived by his best friend and wife, Becky Hillman, of Bartlesville; sister, Debbie Leiker (Leon) of Prosper, TX and two brothers, Mark Hillman (Gina) of Bucyrus, KS and Curtis Hillman of Merriam, KS; sisters-in-law Beth Douglas of Louisville, AL, Linda Winton (Chily) of Ketchum, OK, Regina Trahan of Ketchum, OK and Rhonda Henson (Homer) of Louisville, AL. Rex is also survived by special honorary “grandchildren” Parker and Jaron Acree of Bartlesville, OK; numerous nephews and nieces, great nephews and great nieces and other loving family members and friends.
The family would like to thank the medical staff at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City and BlueStem Cardiology of Bartlesville for their compassionate and excellent care. A special thank you to the staff at the JPMC Wellness Center for their encouragement and motivation in maintaining a better quality of life throughout his illness which allowed him to travel and enjoy his retirement years.
There will be a viewing, Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, with family receiving friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home, Bartlesville, OK.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Bartlesville Southern Baptist Church. There will be no graveside burial service held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to BlueStem Medical Foundation, Wellness Center, 3500 SE Frank Phillips Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74006 or Kansas State University Foundation, Department of Computer Science, 1800 Kimball Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan, KS 66502-3373.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be made at www.honoringmemories.com.