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Actor James Rebhorn penned his own obituary

Julianne Cassidy

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Actor James Rebhorn penned his own obituary

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Mar 25, 2014

Veteran actor James Rebhorn, who died from an extended battle with melanoma on March 21, wrote his own obituary. Rebhorn was 65 years old.

Posted by his home church, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Jersey City, N.J., the self-penned obit was written in the third person, with Rebhorn writing "he was a lucky man in every way." In it, he reflects on his childhood, family and art. Rebhorn's church also notes a few warm words in honor of its "longtime member."

Titled "His Life, According to Jim," Rebhorn's obituary shares what his Philadelphia upbringing taught him in relation to his parents' teachings. His mother Ardell "taught him the value of good manners and courtesy, and that hospitality is no small thing," reads his obituary. And his father instilled in him that "there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship."

His wife "Rebecca loved him with all his flaws, and in her the concept of ceaseless love could find no better example." 

Rebhorn extends his sincere hopes as their father that his children "will grieve his passing only as long as necessary" because "they have much good work to do, and they should get busy doing it. Time is flying by."

And as a veteran actor Rebhorn expresses that "without his exceptional teachers and the representation of the best agents in the business, he wouldn’t have had much of a career."

In regards to Rebhorn, St. Paul's Lutheran Church says, "At St. Paul’s, he will be remembered not so much for his many screen and stage accomplishments as for his firm faith, his strong leadership, his care for others and his unfailing good humor."

Rebhorn asks in closing that in lieu of flowers, a donation is instead made to one of his favored organizations: Actors Fund, the Appalachian Mountain Club or his beloved St Paul's Lutheran Church.