COLUMBIA — Paul Rexroad of Columbia died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at the Lenoir Health Care Center. He was 86.
He was born Aug. 4, 1925, in Harrisville, W.Va., to C.B. and Shady Rexroad. He married Anna Becker on Sept. 20, 1953.
After graduating from Marietta (Ohio) High School, Mr. Rexroad joined the Army Air Corps where he trained as a navigator. He graduated from Ohio State University with bachelor's degrees in agriculture and education, and a master's degree in agricultural chemistry.
Mr. Rexroad and his wife moved to Columbia in 1962 to take a position as associate manager of MU's Experiment Station Chemical Laboratory, where he worked for 25 years.
After retiring, Mr. Rexroad began a second career as a volunteer, taking part in the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. He led several mission trips to the Henderson Settlement in Appalachia through this program, rebuilding homes in the village of Lupus after a 1993 flood. Mr. Rexroad also served on mission trips to Puerto Rico, Nicaragua and Mexico. In Columbia, he was an active member of Missouri United Methodist Church, served on the Board of Directors of the Koionia House and was active in the Audubon Society and Golden K Kiwanis. The MU Retirees Association and the Missouri East Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church recognized Mr. Rexroad for his volunteer service.
Mr. Rexroad is survived by his wife Anna (Becker) Rexroad; two daughters, Carol Cannon of Bamberg, S.C., and Sharon Rexroad of Chicago; three sisters, Eloise Burkhart, Ruth Strickler and Janice Kindelberger; two granddaughters, Sarah Cannon of Chicago, and Elizabeth Cannon of Seattle; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the church parlor at Missouri United Methodist Church 204 S. Ninth St. Service will follow at 2 p.m. at the same location.
Memorial contributions can be made to Missouri United Methodist Church and designated for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission or the Christian Life Center. The family asks that contributions be made in lieu of flowers..
Condolences can be posted at parkerfuneralservice.com.