Charles Rehbein, 92, of Riverside passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Elderwood at Riverside. He was the husband of the late Annelore (Welken) Rehbein. Born in Ugartstahl, Poland, he was the son of the late Georg and Matilda (Hoffmann) Rehbein.
Mr. Rehbein served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Iceland. At the end of World War II, he was held as a civil prisoner of war in Europe along with other family members. This became the topic of his book entitled, “Ugartstahl, September 1, 1939: My life as lived through World War II” which documented his life both prior to and during his time as a prisoner of war. Due to the subject matter and his personal experiences, it was an emotional book to write for him. He had an unshakable faith in God, which the book clearly demonstrates. Charles and his family and friends were very proud of his book, as well as his accomplishment of becoming a published author.
Charles had a knack for languages. He possessed the ability to speak five languages fluently; all of which were self-taught. An avid reader, he took a keen interest in political developments and world events. Mr. Rehbein was a parishioner of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Providence since 1955. After moving to the United States, he attended technical school and trained to be an electronics technician. This led to the start of a family business specializing in language labs and the ways in which they could be implemented in education. This business was called EBI Electronics and still remains an entity today. Charles took great pride in his business of 45 years.
Most of all, Charles loved to spend time with his family and extended family, especially his beloved grandchildren. He is survived by his second wife: Dorothy Jager-Rehbein; four children: Marie (husband Michael), Carl, Ralph, and Ronald; a step-daughter: Christine Deinert (husband Allen) and step-son: Keith Jager (wife Kristin); eight grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren.
He will be missed greatly by his loving family.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, December 3 from 2:00- 4:00 PM at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick, RI. A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 4 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 445 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI. Burial to follow immediately after in Swan Point Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to arrive directly to church.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.