Burnell K. Rebert

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Burnell K. Rebert, 93, of Lancaster, Pa., formerly of Westminster, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster, Pa.

Born Dec. 9, 1918, in Hanover, Pa., he was the son of the late Roy C. and Mary Kate Krug Rebert. He was the husband of Mary Helen Stauffer Rebert, who died Dec. 2, 2000.

After graduating from Spring Grove High School, he joined the Navy during World War II and served as a pharmacist's mate. He was a member of the Sino American Cooperative Organization, or S.A.C.O, an intelligence unit in India and China. They provided the allies with crucial information on enemy troop movements and weather reports in support of air, land and sea strikes.

Due to his remote and secret location, he was not aware the war was over until several weeks after the fact. He made his own way out via the Yangtze River to Shanghai. After returning to the states, he graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1947. He went on to become a self-employed Erie Insurance agent for many years in Westminster.

He was a member of the Roaring Run Lions Club in Westminster, and was an active member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Westminster, until moving to Lancaster. In Lancaster, he became a member of Church of the Apostles.

Surviving are daughter Holly R. Kleimo and husband John, of Lancaster; son Andrew R. Rebert and wife Cynthia, of Cockeysville; a granddaughter, Emily E. Kleimo, of Philadelphia; and sisters Anna Johnson, of Surfside, S.C., Katie Robirds, of Austin, Texas, and Mary Miller, of Harrisonburg, Va.

Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Wetzel Funeral Home & Crematory, 549 Carlisle St., Hanover, Pa.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Richard W. Cowles officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hanover, Pa., where full military honors will be provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Mennonite Central Committee, 21 S. 12th St., Akron, PA 17501.

Online condolences may be offered at www.wetzelfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Carroll County Times on July 31, 2012
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