VeteranJames Rebman

James RebmanJames Paul Rebman, 84, of Rushville died at 12:35 p.m. Nov. 10, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

He was born Feb. 23, 1933, in Rushville Township, Schuyler County, a son of Herbert and Bertha Phillips Rebman. He married Rose Marie Greer on May 1, 1955, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Angie (and Jeff) Langner and Becky (and Robert) Jones, both of Rushville; one son, Jon Paul (and Mike Rood) Rebman of San Diego, Calif.; one sister, Norma Downs of Ames; one brother, Stanley (and Teresa) Rebman of Rushville; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one infant brother, Kenneth Lee Rebman.

He was educated in Schuyler County, country schools at Pokeberry and Flatiron, graduating from Rushville High School in 1951. He first worked as a farm hand and grocery clerk. After being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953-55 and serving 18 months in Korea, Corporal Rebman was trained and worked as a mobile code dispatcher. After discharge, he worked selling car parts at Rushville Auto Parts and farm implements at Gibb and Cal’s.

In 1974, he began his political career as Rushville Township Clerk and was later elected seven times (27 years) as Schuyler County Clerk until his retirement in 2001. In addition, he served as a volunteer fireman for 15 years and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, serving on church boards and various organizations. He was active in the Schuyler County Jail Museum, the Smiles Day Committee and various other local community events and projects.

He was a member of Rushville Lodge #9, AF & AM, Lusk Chapter #20 Royal Arch Masons, Rushville Council #88 of Cryptic Masons, Rushville Commandery #56, Schuyler American Legion Post #4, Guthrie Pierce Post #1239 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Beardstown.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Mr. David Haney officiating. Burial will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with military honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and a U.S. Army Honors Detail. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Masonic Rites to follow.

Memorials may be made to Schuyler Humane Society or Rushville Fire Department.

Condolences may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 11/15/2017


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