Rex Willard Peterson went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Nov.
28, 2021, after a courageous battle with lymphoma.
Rex was born on May 10, 1943, in Bingham Canyon, Utah, to Ray Leander Peterson and Sarah June Peterson, both of whom precede Rex in death. Also preceding him in death were two of his sisters, Meriam and Joyce, along with one brother, Don.
On March 14, 1998, Rex married Vickie Diane Riley in Aztec, New Mexico. They were married for 23 years. Rex didn’t have any children of his own, so he took on the role of “Bonus Dad” to Vickie’s children, Bob Riley and Kelli Heaton, and was a wonderful grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Rex’s passion was the outdoors. He marveled at the beauty that God had created and wanted to explore every inch of it that he could possibly manage. One of his favorite jobs (though he didn’t consider it to be work) was guiding hunters and helping them to fulfill their dreams. That’s what he loved to do: help people. Rex always thought that Christ’s light would shine through him by helping friends, family, neighbors or anyone who had a need and he always gave the glory to God.
Rex is survived by his wife, Vickie Peterson of La Sal; his son, Bob (Sylvia) Riley of Spring Creek, Nevada; his daughter, Kelli Heaton of Fruita, Colorado; his grandsons, Joshua Riley of Denver, Colorado, Bo (Lindsay) Heaton of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Tyler Riley of Fort Lee, Virginia; and his great-grandchildren, Aurora Riley and Calvin Heaton. Rex is also survived by his sister, Barbara (Ron) Osborne of Salt Lake Valley, Utah, and his brother Boos (Geri) Peterson of Fountain Green, Utah.