Rex O. Mittelstadt Jr., 65, passed away Feb. 23, 2020 at his daughter’s home in Cochran, Ga. Known as “Junior” to family and friends, he was born on May 9, 1954 in Lodi to Betty Knittel and Rex O. Mittelstadt Sr. He was the second of four children that included his older sister Kathleen Mittelstadt, younger sister Sharon Robertson and younger brother Dale Mittelstadt.
Junior grew up in Lodi and graduated from Lodi High School in 1972. He served as a marine mechanic in the United States Navy aboard the USS Midway during the Vietnam War. He married Pamela J. Kelso in 1977, and the couple had three children: two sons, Jason and Kristopher Mittelstadt, and daughter Kimberly Mittelstadt.
Junior enjoyed life. He loved camping, boating, fishing and, most of all, deer hunting. He was a skillful mechanic and you would most likely see him out cruising around town on his “purple” Harley. He was definitely one of a kind. He was a “tell it like it is” guy, and his outspoken ways were simply Junior. His family will forever carry on his memories and his name in many ways.
Junior was preceded in death by his parents, Betty Knittel and Rex O. Mittelstadt Sr.; his uncle Hessy and many other aunts and uncles; two grandchildren, Collin A.P. Mittelstadt and Ethan Michael Moreno.
Surviving him are his sons Jason Mittelstadt of Galt, and Kristopher (Jolene) Mittelstadt of Volcano; daughter Kimberly (Paul) Mittelstadt of Cochran, Ga.; sisters Kathleen Mittelstadt and Sharon Mittelstadt; brother Dale Mittelstadt; 12 grandchildren, Trevor, Allyssa, Jason Jr., Andrew, Renee, Aiden, Brenden, Jalin, Kristopher Jr., Jessica, Zachary and Paisley; and one great-grandson.
Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, March 6 at 12 p.m. at Estrellita Ballroom, 415 C St., in Galt. A private graveside service will be held at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi at a later date.