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Rev. R. Jack Rhen Obituary
Rev. R. Jack Rhen Rev. R. Jack Rhen, beloved pastor, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 23, 2013. He was the husband of Doris D. Rhen for 59 years, and was born in Middletown, Pa., on September 25, 1931, to the late Laura and David Rhen. His three brothers preceded him in death, Harold who died in infancy, Joseph of Middletown, and Dale of Hummelstown. Jack attended Middletown schools, Elizabethtown College, and Findlay College in Findlay, Ohio, as a preministerial student. His first pastorates were Fourth Street Church of God, Altoona, from 1953-1957, and North Street Church of God in Harrisburg, from 1957-1961. During that time he attended Lancaster Theological Seminary and received the bachelor of divinity degree in 1961. At that time he changed his affiliation to the United Church of Christ denomination. In September 1961 Jack accepted a call to serve St. Paul's U.C.C. and St. John's Blymire's U.C.C., both in Dallastown. On September 24, 1961, he was ordained as their pastor. He served both churches until 1973 at which time he became St. Paul's full time pastor until his retirement in 1994, 33 years. His tenure in ministry was a total of 41 years. A celebration of life service will be held at St. Paul's U.C.C., 205 W. Main St., Dallastown, on Saturday, September 28, at 11 a.m. Family visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the start of the service. The service will be followed by interment at St. John's Blymire's Cemetery and a luncheon back at St. Paul's. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children, Beth (Rhen) and her husband, Richard Johnson of Glastonbury, Conn., and David Rhen of Owings Mills, Md. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Heather Rhen of Marietta, Ga., and Connor Johnson of Glastonbury, Conn.; sister-in-law, Marjorie Rhen of Hummelstown; a niece, Dr. Michelle (Rhen) and Vince Allen of Hummelstown, and their children, Rachel (Allen) and Jordan Miller, daughter, Rhen Allen-Miller, and Rebecca Allen of Newport, R.I. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's U.C.C. or St. John's U.C.C. The Austin H. Eberly Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. To share online condolences please visit www.eberlyfunerlhome.com
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Sept. 26, 2013
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