Rex Krauklis

Rex Anthony Krauklis

Wednesday, October 6th, 1954 - Sunday, January 12th, 2020
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Rex Krauklis, 65, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on January 12. He was born October 6, 1954 in Chicago Heights, IL, son of Daniel and Hazel Krauklis.

Rex retired from UPS after 30 years of service. He was a 757/767 pilot (Captain), simulator instructor, Check Airmen and FAA Designee. He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, with a degree in Aviation.

Rex’s passion for flying started as young as 12. He started flying lessons at 15 and soloed at 16. He also enjoyed riding his bike, and loved his family and his cats.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Kurtyka Krauklis; son, Bryan, of Bloomington, IN; Grandson, Finn; Granddaughter, Sawyer; brothers, Jeff (Brenda) of West Virginia, and Mark, of Texas; sisters, Frona (Andrew) Tressler of Illinois, and Tammy (Larry) Seutter of South Carolina; sisters-in-law, Ginger Zielinski, Mary Ann (Sal) Guliuzza, and Veronica Blake, all of Connecticut; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Cremation was chosen. Visitation will be Monday, January 20, 2020, at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm, with a Memorial Service to follow at 3:00 pm.

Special thanks to the staff at Hosparus for their attentive care and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to :

P.O. Box 248
Waxhaw, NC, 28173
Please specify donation to Aviation Transportation Solutions


Shamrock Pet Foundation
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 20th, 2020 | 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Monday, January 20th, 2020 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Memorial Service

    Monday, January 20th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Monday, January 20th, 2020 3:00pm
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 05:47am
I am shocked. I was just surfing the net. I decided to put in Rex's name. I met Rex down at SIU, in Dec. 1972. We became good friends. We drank together, partied, together. Been meaning to call him for 10 years now. I feel a bit more empty. A lot more empty. I flew home with him and back to SIU. We sandbagged at Kaskaskia, Il, together. We saw this girl, Rex saw her first, the beautiful "Liz", in a small boat that took us to the island. We saw her again, down in Daytona, Fl, when we drove down there in Rex's Ford Torino. It was a clutch job, with a shift on the column. Before that, he had a small Ford Cortina. I saw pictures of his Fastback Mustang. He(me) were interested in a SIU cheerleader, named Sally. I met his brother Mark. I had been to Daytona once b4 for spring break. I told him about the pelicans that seemed to fly in a bomber formation. When we hit the beach, and saw them, he burst out laughing. He had a good laugh. Daytona was a fun trip. The road ended, and we had to take a ferry, to get across. If i could talk to him, now, more memories would come back to both of us. Life really sucks sometimes. First time I met him, he had a hat on, and his longish curly hair stuck out. Condolence to all of his family. He was a good guy.

tc Posted at 08:29am

I went down to see Rex, when he lived in his shot-gun style house, far south Chicago. We listened to the album of Steve Martin, Let's get Small. We drank and laughed. He discovered it. He was trying to learn the sax, to be like Woody Allen. I am not sure if he ever learnt it. Another time, Mark was there. He's the one that discovered Elton John, and we listened to Rocket Man, in his dorm room. He had a model of a bumble bee in his dorm room. Something that, that scientifically it could not fly, but it did. He had the poster of Farrah Fawcett, red bathing suit on his wall. He came up to see me in Woodstock. Il. We drove over to Galena, Il. We went off the road driving in his Ford Torino. Mowing down, small trees. He was laughing hysterically, and enjoying himself. We stopped before we went into the Mississippi.

Jennifer Zielinski

Posted at 12:41pm
Words can not express the sadness I feel for the passing of my Uncle Rex. He was a great adventurous man who will be miss by all. My thoughts and prayers go out to the rest of my family at this most difficult time. Soar high with the Angels Uncle Rex and see you on the other side. XOXO Love your niece Jennifer Z.

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