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Alfred J. Rehwinkel

Born: Thu., Dec. 13, 1923
Died: Thu., Sep. 1, 2011


Visitation

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Sep. 05, 2011
Location: Hite Funeral Home


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Sep. 06, 2011
Location: St. John Lutheran Church


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 ALFRED J. REHWINKEL, age 87, of Kendallville died on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville. 

Mr. Rehwinkel was born in Merrill, Wisconsin on December 13, 1923 to Henry Rehwinkel and Selma (Rehwinkel) Rehwinkel. 

Al graduated from Merrill High School in 1942.  He went on to honorably serve his country during WWII in England, France, Belgium and Germany in the US Army 256th Division of the Military Police. 

Mr. Rehwinkel married Margaret Reamer on June 15, 1947 at St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville.  She survives in Kendallville. 

He worked for 40 years as an automobile mechanic.  He started out with the O.E. Coney Pontiac GMC Dealership in Kendallville after making his home with an uncle,  R. J. Rehwinkel.  Al retired in 1985 under Steve West Motors in Kendallville.

Mr. Rehwinkel was an active member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville.  He served as the Sunday School superintendent, served on the Board of Christian Education, served on the board of trustees,  attended the St. John Young at heart Bible Study and was an usher for many years. 

Al was a member of the Francis E. Vinyard VFW  #2749 and he and his wife delivered meals on wheels for several years.

Mr. Rehwinkel enjoyed the outdoors and keeping the Baby Mountain farm well kept.  He loved tinkering with machinery and creating simple inventions.  He and his wife also liked to travel.  He was a fan of the Lawrence Welk TV show.

Survivors include:

His wife, Margaret Rehwinkel of Kendallville.
Two daughters, Vickie and Reagan Smith of Kendallville and Kay and Mike Lester of Bellevue, Washington.
One son, Mark and Holly Rehwinkel of Wichita, Kansas.
Five grandchildren, Kyle and Heather Smith of Fort Wayne, Korey and Amanda Smith of Fort Wayne, Andrew Rehwinkel of Arlington, Virginia, and Audrey Rehwinkel of Wichita, Kansas, and Gil Rehwinkel of Nashville, Tennesse
One great granddaughter; Laila of Wichita, Kansas.
Several nieces and nephews
 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son; Alan Rehwinkel of Dallas, Texas, one brother; Raymond Rehwinkel of Merrill, Wisconsin, three sisters; Esther Schulz and Frances Roeder of Merrill, Wisconsin and Hilda Rehwinkel of Kendallville. 

Visitation will be Monday, September 5, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville. 

Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville. 

Officiating the funeral service will be Rev. Paul  B. Griebel. 

Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville. 

Preferred memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church. 

Casketbears wil be Mark Rehwinkel, Gil Rehwinkel, Kyle Smith, Korey Smith, Hal Schuman Jr. and Rick Carmicheal.

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Mary(Sattler) Harp
   Posted Thu September 01, 2011
Dear Margaret and all the family , Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Al - I am so glad that you and Al made it to my mom's memorial in July it meant so much but Jinny and I can't return the favor due to us being in Colorado and Texas but our thoughts are with you all,
Craig & Mary (Sattler) Harp and Family
Jinnie (Sattler) Trout and Family

Peggy Edwards Musolff
   Posted Fri September 02, 2011
I am sorry to hear about your loss. Al was a wonderful man. In Christ he lived peacefully. Now in Christ he lives forever. I have great memories living next to your famiy and the fun we had when I came over to play. May God our Father comfort you in the days ahead. Sending you hugs... Peggy

Shirley Blech rodriguez
   Posted Fri September 02, 2011
Margaret,
I amso sorry to hear of Al's passing. You both have meant a lot to me over the years. You always remembered my name and said hello when you saw me. I appreciated your visits to mom and dad. Knowing where they all are right now makes me happy. They are probably getting a card game going. Best wishes to you and your family.
Shirley Blech Rodriguez

Claridon and Connie Strater
   Posted Fri September 02, 2011
Margaret and family. You have our deepest sympahy in the passing of Alfred. He was an exceptional person and will be missed by many. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Gary and Becky Hite
   Posted Fri September 02, 2011
Dearest Sweet Vickie
We were so very sorry to hear of your dear Dads passing.
It was such a priviledge to have met your Mom and Dad last year. We will never forget the thoughfulness and kindness they extended to us.
We wish we lived cloeser so we could be with you all at this time but just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our deepest sympathy and our love go out to you Vickie, Regan, Kyle, Korey, and your precious Mom Margaret and the rest of your wonderful family!
May god bless you all!
Love, Gary, Becky, Andrew, and Matthew

Bob and Mary Esther Smith
   Posted Sat September 03, 2011
Margaret: We were so very sorry to read of Alfred's passing and we wish to send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We remember the good times at St. John's and we always enjoyed your company. We pray God will give you and your family the comfort that you need.
Blessings,
Mary Esther and Bob

Kay Ellen Simon
   Posted Sun September 04, 2011
Dear Mrs. Rehwinkel & family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved husband. You two were such a sweet dynamic couple. I enjoyed getting to know you through letters while being "special friends" when I was at St. John's for school. Lifting you and your family up to the God of all comfort. May He continue to hold you in His hands and comfort you with His love.
Kay Ellen Simon

clint fitch from sears
   Posted Mon September 05, 2011
was very sorry to about al you have my deepest sympathy

Craig Weible
   Posted Mon September 05, 2011
Growing up, I remember Al as the big, gentle man with large grease incrusted hands and smiling eyes. Good memories. Blessings to all.

Linda Speakman-Yerick
   Posted Tue September 06, 2011
Dear Margaret and Family,
Just returned and so very sorry to hear about your loss of Al. Al was always a favorite of mine and such a terrific man who was kind, thoughtful, considerate and such a gentleman. Our conversations at events will always be remembered. Please know that we are thinking of you Margaret and God be with you.

Krag Swartz
   Posted Tue September 06, 2011
Mrs. Rehwinkel and family: Al and Margaret are memories from my childhood - Al, the ever-smiling, gentle giant who helped my grandmother (Trudy Outlaw) and the 3 "Swartz boys" in immeasurable ways: car repair, spiritual guidence, a hay-baling job once in awhile - life lessons given by example. Al, showed us how humility built character and strength. I last saw you and Al at the cemetary about 10 years ago - I was visiting from Minnesota alone, at my parents' graves - lost in thought, when I heard you across the car path, placing flowers in honor of Bud... you were the perfect couple, the perfect parents, and the perfect inspiration. Thank you for coming into our lives. Bless you all and Godspeed Vickie, Kay and Mark. - with deepest sympathy, Krag Swartz (the middle one).

Ann Wagner
   Posted Tue September 06, 2011
Margaret - I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband. I wish I could be there in person, but this will let you know I'm giving you a BIG HUG right now. Hold Jesus' hand to keep you as you grieve his passing. Hope to see you in October.
Ann

Terri Sowards
   Posted Tue September 06, 2011
It was a true piviledge getting to know Al over the last few weeks. Looks like heaven received two good men on the same day. My Great Uncle passed as well. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

JOHN Wicker
   Posted Fri September 09, 2011
To the family i met Al early this summer He needed some help on some lawn mower parts and he was so thankful and to be honest i was the one that was Blessed in meeting him i knew he was a true Christian person and can only say that it was a Great joy to have helped him May God Bless your family in your loss and again what a Great Man. Jw

Sally Witwer Stolz
   Posted Fri September 09, 2011
To Mrs. Rehwinkel, Kay, Vicki, Mark, and all the rest of the family.... I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Rehwinkel's passing. I have such wonderful memories of him and all of you from when I was growing up and used to play at your at your always fun and interesting home. He was a man who raised his children beautifully (my friends!) and made a large contribution to the community. He will be greatly missed.
With much love,
Sally

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