MUNCIE — John Paul Rebmann, 87, of Muncie, went to join his beloved wife in heaven on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Danville Care Center.
A visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Pape Family Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams St. in Danville, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. by Anchor Lodge 980. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Pape’s, with Pastor Dave Garver officiating, and burial in Sunset Memorial Park to follow. Military honors will be by American Legion Post 210.
John was born on June 25, 1926, to Ernest Carroll and Mary Catherine Burnham Rupert in Paxton, and was later raised by Charles “Pete” and Ruth (Burnham) Rebmann when his mother passed away.
He attended Oakwood High School, graduating in 1944 and then enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force. John served during World War II as an aircraft welder, being honorably discharged on Feb. 8, 1947, with a Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Army of Occupation Medal.
Upon returning from his service, John became a millwright and a farmer. He worked at Tee-Pak for 34 years, retiring in 1992, but continued farming until his body wouldn’t let him anymore.
John married Janice Reed on May 31, 1952, in Tilton, and the two shared over 60 years of devoted marriage before her death in 2013.
Surviving are five children, Sheryl (Victor) Pawlak, Vicki (Drew) Rush, Catherine (Tom) Hendricks, Michael (Nancy) Rebmann and David (Elizabeth) Rebmann; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; a brother, James (Sheila) Rupert; and three sisters, Nancy Hall, Barbara Peck and Susan (Lorne) Minor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Janice, a son, James Rebmann; and two brothers, Dennis and Arthur.
John was a longtime member of Masonic Anchor Lodge 980, the Gao Grotto, the Potomac American Legion and Muncie Baptist Church. He also was a lifetime member of Danville VFW and Scottish Rite.
John enjoyed working on the farm, woodcarving and attending Masonic and Grotto events. He was a family man and would do anything for those he loved.
Memories and messages for the family may be left on our website at www.papemortuary.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. Memorials may be left to Muncie Baptist Church or The Grotto Humanitarian Foundation, 430 Beecher Road, Gahanna, OH 43230.