Harold Rebling


Harold (George) Edmond Rebling, age 87, went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 7, 2023, at Parkview Care Center in Fairfield, IA. He was born June 11, 1936 in rural Jefferson County, IA to Harold A. Rebling and Mildred (Sinn) Rebling.

Harold graduated from Fairfield HS, class of 1954. He made the best decision of his life in marrying Beverly Jane Miller on October 9, 1955, at the Methodist Church in Brighton. They made their home and raised their family on their farm near Fairfield. Harold enjoyed many years of farming and carpentry work, and was also an avid hunter, never missing a season. He was always proud to share that he shot the first deer in Jefferson County in 1951. Harold was a natural-born storyteller who could get a whole room laughing in no time with his stories of growing up and getting into (mostly) harmless mischief. Some of his most legendary stories have been memorialized in a book compiled by his granddaughter.

Harold loved restoring old cars and displaying them every year at the Old Thresher’s Reunion. The kids in his life shared many special moments with him riding in the bumper seat of his Model A. Twice his cars received the “Featured Auto Award” at Old Threshers, presented by the Southeast Iowa Antique Car Club, of which he was a long-time member and past president.

Harold will be deeply missed by his sons Bruce (Renee) Rebling, Alan (Vicki) Rebling, and daughter Kristine (Philip) Barker, grandchildren Aaron (Danielle), Rachel (Howard), Jenna (Shane), Nathan (Sidney), Allison, and five great-grandchildren, as well as siblings Paul (Donna), Norma, and Anna Mae.

He was preceded in death by his wife Beverly, parents Harold and Mildred, brother Donald, and sister Evelyn.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2023, 10:00 a.m. at Word of Life Lutheran Church in Fairfield. A time of fellowship will be held at Word of Life Church immediately following the service. A private burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Word of Life Lutheran Church.

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