Dr. Charles J. Rehkamp, 89, of Woodbury, Conn., and Cape Coral, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was born Nov. 21, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to George and Wilhelmina Rehkamp, now deceased.
He attended Bucknell University, where he met and fell in love with "Jan" his first wife and mother of his children. He joined the Navy in 1944 as a LTJG. After graduating with a degree in dentistry from University of Pennsylvania, he served in World War II and the Korean War.
In 1949, Dr. Rehkamp moved to Woodbury. After leaving the service he set up his dental office and practiced for over 40 years retiring in 1995.
Dr. Charles J. Rehkamp
A proud and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he encouraged his children's educational pursuits and enjoyed sharing outdoor activities with his family, including swimming, sailing, kayaking, biking, cross country skiing and fishing. He was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, singing in the choir, serving on ministerial search committees, the building committee, the annual St. Paul's Fair and as a Eucharistic minister. A believer in sharing his time and talents, he was a driver for FISH and donated his dental services to the Abbey of Regina Laudis for many years. An enthusiastic supporter of all things Woodbury, Dr. Rehkamp served as chairman of the School Board of Woodbury High School and was the first board chairman for the newly incorporated Regional School District 14. He was chairman of the Nonnewaug High School Building Committee. He helped develop and served as president of Spruce Bank Farms (Elderly Housing Management, Inc.) and was president of the Woodbury chapter of AFS. He received the Jim Clark Business Award from the town in honor of his many services to Woodbury.
A lifelong music lover, he played the clarinet, sang in the Waterbury Chorale and with the Barnstormers. His favorite local organization was the Woodbury Lions Club. He served as president and was recognized for over 60 years of service to the organization.
He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Sydney McKean Rehkamp of Cape Coral and Woodbury, Conn.; five children, Ronald (Susan) Rehkamp of The Villages, FL, C. Joseph Rehkamp of Raleigh, N.C., Thomas (Marsha) Rehkamp of Toano, Va., George (Peggy) Rehkamp of Bethlehem, Conn., and Janice Ann Rehkamp of Middlebury, Conn.; one step-son, Brian (Roseann) McKean, also of Middlebury; as well as 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, L. Janice Rehkamp, in 1986; as well as a son, Timothy Rehkamp, in 2006; a step-son, Doug McKean, in 2006; and his only brother, George Rehkamp in 2013.
Calling hours will be held at Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, 2 School St in Woodbury, Conn., from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2013.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 8, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 294 Main St. in Woodbury, Conn.
Online condolences may be made through www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woodbury Lions Club, P.O. Box 314, Woodbury, CT, 06798.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with local arrangements.