Rex J. Borgenhagen, 45

Rex. J. Ede Borgenhagen, of Port Washington Road in the town of Grafton passed away at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, following a motorcycle accident. He was 45 years old.

Rex was born in Port Washington on Dec. 27, 1966, the son of Jan and Carol Momper Borgenhagen. The family moved to the Cedar Grove area in 1979. On Oct. 10, 1992, he was united in marriage with Erin Ede in Sheboygan. The couple settled in the town of Grafton. Rex was employed as a model maker at Frank Mayer & Associates in Grafton.

Rex was an extremely kind, generous and loving man who was deeply spiritual. A man of sterling character; everyone he touched was the better for it. His presence was a comfort to many. Very dear to his heart was time spent with his wife and their cats, his family, and his nieces and nephews, many of whom he mentored on a personal basis.

Rex held a profound appreciation and love of the natural world. He enjoyed hiking, canoeing, camping, sailing and geo-caching, as well as woodworking and patternmaking. He was a very active volunteer in repopulating sturgeon throughout the state.

Rex lives on in the heart of his loving wife, Erin; and also in the hearts of his mother, Carol Borgenhagen of Cedar Grove; and two brothers, Sky (Gay) Borgenhagen of Cascade and Lance Borgenhagen of Port Washington. His memory will also be cherished by his nieces and nephews, Geeshik, Gavin, Tegan, Amanda, Adam, Andrew, Brandin, Kayla, Sara, Jennifer, Shawn, Christopher and Jonathan; grand-nieces and grand-nephews, Atheana, Adrian, Willow, Ilana, Leela, Merrick, Adina, Ariana, Cianna and Hayden; in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father.

The family will receive visitors at Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a flyaway service to follow.

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Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family.