Terry Jay Rebert
1952 - 2020
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Terry Jay Rebert

Reverend Terry Jay Rebert passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 in Lake Orion, Michigan after a long illness. Terry was born on August 4, 1952 to Norman and Marie Rebert in Detroit, Michigan. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Gail, stepchildren Chris (Nancy) and Elizabeth, grandson, Brayden, sister Linda Brucker (Eric) and brother Larry Rebert (Mary). He leaves behind his much loved nieces Holly, April, Kerrie, Ashley and nephew Kyle.

Terry grew up working with his family in Rebert's Bakery in southwest Detroit. He attended high school and graduated from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska. He continued his education at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri earning a Masters of Divinity as well as St. Louis University earning his Masters of Social Work.

Terry was employed with Lutheran Social Services and served as pastor of Redford Lutheran Church, Crown of Life Lutheran Church, Faith Church, Peace Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church.

Terry was a captain in the US Army and served as a Chaplain. He was called up to serve in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Terry was a member of the American Legion. He served on the board of the American Red Cross Michigan Region. Terry served at Lutheran City Ministries and made a mission trip to Russia. He was also a certified drug and alcohol counselor. Terry was the author of several devotional booklets.

Terry's favorite pastime was watching baseball, especially the Detroit Tigers. He loved walking his dogs and taking them for rides in his car. He enjoyed reading history and traveling and spending time with his family, friends and members of his congregation. He will be remembered as someone who was kind, creative and loved meeting new people.

A memorial service in his remembrance will be held at a later date. Donations in his name can be made to Hospice of Michigan.

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Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press from May 22 to May 24, 2020.
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May 30, 2020
Terry was and remains a special part of our family. To me he was not only my brother in-law, but a dear friend, Pastor and a pillar of faith in God and man. He sought and found the best in us all and seemed to bring it out with ease and faith.
Scott Daugherty
May 28, 2020
Terry Rebert was a very special man who touched many people's hearts and lives.He was kind, generous and loving. When he married Gail, he not only married Gail, he married her entire family. Terry was the type of man who loved Gail and shared his love with her entire family. Last year we had the privilege of Terry officiating our wedding. I was very nervous and had many concerns about Terry and my stepson Shawn meeting. Their personalities are extremely different. Shawn with his tattoos, designer haircut and beard style and Terry with his short hair, almost no hair, dockers and polo style shirt. Much to my surprise they got along famously. They bonded immediately and loved each other. Later Terry told me "Shawn is the coolest dude I ever met." This is one example of how Terry shared his love. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Rest in peace.
Marsha Gunnerson
May 28, 2020
I met Mr Rebert after getting into some legal trouble. I was young and stupid and ended up seeing Mr. Rebert once a week for a little over a year for addiction counseling.
I always looked forward to our meetings (which often turned into Detroit Tigers talk) because he had the best stories and was also a great listener.
Those weekly meetings were definitely a silver lining to my poor decision making/legal trouble.
Very sad to learn of his passing. Its clear based on all of the kind words and stories that he had a positive impact on thousands of people throughout his life.
May He Rest In Peace.
Evan Stout
May 24, 2020
Gail, May loving memories ease your sorrow. Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family and all who knew him. Maire Armijo From LOCS
May 23, 2020
Pastor and friend, no words can explain, only a broken heart for the loss of such a good and caring person.
Kathleen Schatz
May 23, 2020
He was truly a very devoted ambassador of the Lord. Loved him & his dogs.
Shirley aka: Red
Shirley Clark
May 22, 2020
Pastor Terry was so very dedicated to serving God and being a Good Shepherd to the congregations he served. Bill and I enjoyed his dry sense of humor and working as his secretary at Zion Lutheran Church in historic downtown Ottawa Lake, Michigan. He was gifted at raising money and organizing fundraiser for the church. He is greatly missed by all of us at Zion.
Sandra Brady
May 22, 2020
We will miss you my friend.
Our days with the Red Cross were priceless.
Many memories of our days together during Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. Always appreciated your humor.
Frank C. Roche
Served In Military Together
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