Oakland Raiders Pay Tribute to Castro Valley Veteran
Navy veteran R. Rex Funk, 98, was honored at Sunday’s Oakland Raiders’ game. He is a resident of Baywood Court Retirement Community in Castro Valley, and attended the game sporting his “USS Bright” Navy cap and his Raiders jacket.
By Linda Sandsmark
CASTRO VALLEY FORUM
The Oakland Raiders honored 98-year-old Castro Valley Navy veteran R. Rex Funk at the team’s home game against Minnesota Sunday afternoon. Door-to-door limousine service and seating for four in a luxury box was included.
“We’re having celebrations all weekend,” said Funk’s daughter, Susan Gormly.
Funk’s grandson Kevin heard about the Raiders’ plans to pay tribute to veterans, and did the legwork to make sure “Grandpa Rex” was included. Funk is “an old-time fan” of the team.
Several family members flew in from out of state to join the fun, purchasing four more regular seats in addition to the four provided in the box.
Many photos of Funk were shown on the Jumbotron during the presentation honoring him.
“We all thought there would be more Veterans to be honored,” said son-in-law Mike Gormly after the ceremony. “Rex was the one they honored today. He was on the field by himself.”
Funk enlisted in 1942 and served aboard the USS Bright (DE-747) Destroyer Escort. He achieved the rank of Chief Pharmacist’s Mate and was discharged in 1945.