1969 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Brian "B.J." Lee Rehkopf, Jr. passed away in his sleep at 46 years of age on Tuesday afternoon, October 11, 2016. He was born December 10, 1969, in Bakersfield, California, to Brian and Sandy Rehkopf.
BJ graduated from Bakersfield High School where he played on the Driller varsity football team his senior year which gave him great pleasure and pride in his school. He was "always a driller!"
He was an accomplished commercial real estate broker and had his own firm, San Joaquin Partners, which included his dad. He made an incredible network of wonderful business "partners" throughout town, including Chris Gneko, Paul Andre, and many others.
BJ never met a person needing help that he didn't want to assist. Throughout high school, college, and on into this working life, he was forever calling home to tell us about someone he met that needed his encouragement. It might have been as simple as sitting alongside a lonely person at church on Sunday or talking to someone over a street taco. For most holidays, he was bringing "a friend" home with him to our house as his guest.
BJ had love and compassion for people and great love for His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Speaking of church and about his God, BJ was a strong Christian who loved to read and study his Bible and worship at his church, Valley Bible Fellowship. He just fit in there and would tell us nearly every Sunday about the wonderful message from Pastor Ron or Pastor Tom or an encouraging time with his men's groups. They meant so much to him.
BJ is survived by his parents, sister Suzie Ferralli, brother-in-law, Tom Ferralli, and their three children, Sydney, Luke, and Carly.
The family wishes to thank with the utmost praise, lifelong friend and final doctor, Robin A. Matuk M.D. who gave him the greatest of care in the last days. He also wanted to recognize his friend and "doctor", Trevor Williams who gave him such great care. We also wish to thank the incredible nursing staff of the Downtown Mercy ICU, who treated B.J. and all of us like we were their family for weeks!
Services will take place at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, October 15, at Valley Bible Fellowship on East Brundage Lane, followed by a graveside service at Union Cemetery around noon.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2016
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