Ronald R. "Rocket" Rebo, 65, of Wilkes-Barre passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 27, 2013.
Born March 9, 1948 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late John and Emily Lutinski Rebo.
A U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam era, he proudly took part in the maiden voyage of the USS John F. Kennedy. He was honorably discharged in 1973 following six years of active and reserve service.
Ron played minor league baseball and was an avid softball player, most notably with the Heights softball league.
Rocket was the manager of the recreation department of the city of Wilkes-Barre, where he was the main contributor to initiating the local youth hockey program. He later became a respected 18-year member of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department, where he was a part of the city's emergency services unit.
Rocket was proud to be president to the Fraternal Order of Police, Wyoming Valley Lodge for approximately 10 years. He was responsible for initiating and organizing local holiday events for children, sponsoring many local youth organizations and charity events such as Make-A-Wish and Fallen Officers fundraisers.
He will be remembered most for his huge heart, wonderful sense of humor, willingness to help anyone in need and his love of children, especially his grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Krista and her husband, Nuncio Massara, Harrisburg; and Erin and her husband, Frank Pikul, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Gianna and Nuncio Massara and Jaxon Pikul; brothers, Gerald and his wife, Sandy Rebo, Drums; and Wayne Rebo, Wilkes-Barre; sister, Diane Kurkutis, Wilkes-Barre; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
A celebration of Ron's life will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday from McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Nicholas. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Rocket's family at www.celebratehislife.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2013