Keith Edward "Ed" Rebbe, 58, of Bloomington, Illinois passed away at his home on Friday, June 2, 2023. A private graveside service for family will be held in his honor on Thursday June 15, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Armed Services YMCA of the USA.
Keith was born September 9, 1964, in Springfield, Illinois to the late James and Norma (Godbey) Rebbe and resided in Petersburg, Illinois for many years. He was the youngest of four children. He attended Porta High School and graduated in January of 1982, he graduated early to enlist in the Marine Corps to follow his father's and grandfather's footsteps.
Keith's time in the Marine Corps can be described as a journey of courage and sacrifice. It is a time when he learned to serve his country with honor and dedication. Through the rigorous training and challenging missions, he developed a sense of discipline and resilience that he carried with him all his life. The memories of his time in the Corps are filled with camaraderie, brotherhood, and a deep sense of pride in wearing the uniform. His service to the nation is a testament to his bravery and selflessness, and his sacrifices will always be remembered and appreciated.
Keith is survived by his ex-wife Becky of Monticello, Illinois, who he always loved and respected and his three children, Michael (Brittni) Paoni of Kernersville, North Carolina, Jessica Rebbe of Champaign, Illinois and Jacob Rebbe of Norfolk, Virginia. His brother Jim Rebbe of Cary, North Carolina, sister Nancy (Lou) Luckey of Mocksville, North Carolina. His niece Kayla Luckey of Raleigh, North Carolina and nephew, Tyler (Hannah) Luckey of East Bend, North Carolina. Grandchildren Bradlee Alcantara, Skyler and Autumn Paoni, all of Kernersville, North Carolina. His sister-in-law, Sebastian Rebbe of Jefferson City, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dewey Rebbe.
A father is often the rock of a family, a pillar of strength and support. He is a guiding light, a source of wisdom, and a loving presence that is irreplaceable. He is a protector, a provider, and a constant presence in our lives. He is the one who taught us how to ride a bike, the one who showed us how to tie our shoes, and the one who never gave up on us no matter what. He is a hero, a mentor, and a friend. His memory will forever be treasured, and his legacy will live on through the love and lessons he imparted upon us.
His family paid this tribute to him, "Keith was a truly amazing man. His love for playing pitch, watching the Bears, mushroom hunting, and making the world's best meatloaf made him a unique and talented individual. He will always be remembered for his sweet personality and the joy he brought to those around him and he will be sorely missed."