Laurel "Lefty" Reber
                             December 26, 1928 -- May 28, 2013

Laurel "Lefty" Reber, 84, of Middlebury, died at 4:25 pm on
Tuesday, May 28, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne,
as the result of a stroke he suffered on Saturday.  He was born on
December 26, 1928 in Rockford, IL, to Hallie and Helen (Palmer)
Reber.  On April 25, 1953 in Rockford, IL he married Milrae "Millie"
Nicholson, she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are two
daughters, Lynn (Karl) Kaufman of Middlebury, Jann Stapleton
(fiancé Mark Panzer) of Scottsdale, AR; two sons, Timm (Melissa)
Reber of White Pigeon, MI, Ross (Cat) Reber of Middlebury;
daughter-in-law, Jennifer Reichert of Fort Recovery, OH; 10
grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Betty Reber of
San Antonio, TX.  He was preceded in death by two sons, Todd
Reber in 1980 and Dann Reber in 2006; his parents and a brother
Russell Reber. He was a graduate of Rockford East High School, a
US Army Veteran and was a Scout Master for 13 years in the
Rockford, IL area and received the Silver Beaver Award.  He had
worked at CTS and Syndicate in Middlebury for 29 years, retiring in
1997 and was an avid golfer. A graveside service will be at 2:00 pm
central time on Friday May 31, at Sunset Memorial Gardens,
Rockford, IL. Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor's
choice.  Online condolences may be sent at

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                  Current Online Condolences

If I could of only known you better, I’m sure you could have taught
me alot, thank you for always helping the kids with their math, they
truly appreciated that.
Love Cat
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I am glad to be a part of this family. The love you show to each
other, others see and feel the love, you have. I am so sorry for your
loss, but heaven gained one more angel. Thanks uncle lefty for
marrying my aunt Milrae
and being one of the good guys. Love kathy
From:  Kathryn and Joanna Ludolph
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You’ll be missed grandpa, love Ricky
From:  Ricky Wielgos
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Such a well respected man. Lefty was truly a “gentleman”
From:  Pete and Shirley Yoder

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We only met once but know your daughter well. Just from knowing
her (Jann) we are assured what a great father, grandfather, and
person you were Lefty. May you rest in peace. Go Illini, right?
From:  Andy and Lauri
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Jim and I are visiting family in Virginia, but Sam let us know about
Lefty’s death. We have such great memories of living next door to
your family. What great neighbors! Lefty was such a sweet gentle
person with a great sense of humor. We are so sad we have not
kept in touch with you folks. We didn’t even know about Dann’s
death. Millie, I will be calling you after we get home. Please know
how sad we feel for all of you.
From:  Jim and Nelda Miller