General Douglas MacArthur in his farewell speech to Congress in 1951 said, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” Hunt County lost a faithful soldier last night. Colonel Rex Denny, United States Marine, passed from the Blackland Prairie to Elysian Fields. Rex Denny served the nation as a pilot in three wars. He flew fighters and transport aircraft in the Pacific Theater during World War II, newly developed helicopters in Korea during the United Nations police action and finally ended his military career after serving tours in Vietnam.
Lt. Colonel Denny at the controls of a helicopter in Vietnam. Image from the Denny photo collection courtesy of son, Bryce.
Colonel Denny retired from the Corps in 1974 and purchased his beloved Cloudline Ranch just northwest of Celeste. He was a master hunter using the hounds to chase game while he and fellow hunters followed on horseback attired in proper attire.
Colonel Denny flew his Cessna from Cloudline and restored vintage automobiles and military jeeps and sedans. His last mission was participating in the Park Street Parade this year. His son, Bryce, will announce the Colonel’s Celebration of Life service soon.