David Martin Rebstock, 86, passed away peacefully at home in Rochester, Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. He is remembered for having been a loving husband to Ellen, father to Mark, Tim and Peter, and for having lived a life of global service. He cared deeply about the world, its people, and the challenges facing our planet.

David was born in Waterford on Dec. 9, 1936 to Milton and Alfreda Rebstock. He has fond memories of playing in the Fox River there and took great pride in his fishing boat, his newspaper route, and working at an early age.

David studied at Luther College in Iowa and completed his BA in Accounting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also served in ROTC. He served in the United States Army from 1959 to 1961 and was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. While there, he took advantage of leaves to explore Italy, Spain, and Scandinavia.

After the Army, he returned to the University of Wisconsin, as he said, to get his Masters and his Mrs. He met Ellen Vinette Long in 1962 while at the University of Wisconsin and they were married in 1965. Their family soon grew with the arrival of Mark, Tim and Peter.

He worked as a CPA at Arthur Anderson from 1964 to 1976. David and Ellen joined the Institute of Cultural Affairs, a human development organization in 1976. While with the ICA, he made economic development treks to communities throughout Southeast Asia, Jamaica, and the United States.

As a family, David and Ellen and their three boys lived in more than 25 places in 58 years of marriage including Milwaukee, Scheveningen in Netherlands, Chicago, Singapore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Kingston in Jamaica, Cincinnati, Sacramento and Santa Rosa in California, Greensboro in North Carolina, Baltimore, Rochester in Minnesota and for eight months, an R.V. named Maggie.

David is survived by his sister, Barbara Bucholtz; wife, Ellen; his sons, Mark, Tim and Peter; daughters-in-law, Tracy and Katherine; and grandchildren, Charlie and Anna. He is preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Alfreda Rebstock.

A celebration of life service is being planned by his family for later this Fall.

Gifts in David’s memory may be made to the Institute of Cultural Affairs-USA.

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