Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Hillcrest Mausoleum & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX
August 16, 1923 – January 12, 2020
Jack Repp died peacefully in his home at the age of 96, on January 12, 2020. During his long lifetime, he was a survivor, immigrant, successful merchant, and speaker. But his most important roles were as a husband, partner, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Jack Repp was born on August 16, 1923, in Radom, Poland, to Lazar and Chava Rzepkowicz. Jack had a happy home life until 1939, when the German army marched into Poland. He suffered in the ghetto, several concentration camps, and the loss of his loving parents and most of his siblings. He survived his hardships by being a constant survivor and having a deep faith in G-d. After he was liberated, he was recruited by the United States Military to help track down his captors. He married another survivor, Edna Unger, whom he met after the war.
After four years in Europe, Jack came to the United States to have a better life. He worked for his relatives in Greenville, Texas, and later opened his own clothing store in Dalla,s which he operated for 43 years.
After 50 years of a happy marriage, Edna passed away in 1995. He later met Sarah Yarrin at Temple Emanu-El and began another loving relationship that lasted 23 years. For decades, Jack kept quiet about his past as a Holocaust survivor. With Sarah’s urging, he began to share his life story as a speaker at the Dallas Holocaust Museum. For 20 years he has lectured to students at the museum, public and private schools, universities and military bases. His efforts culminated with his biography, "Dreams and Jealousy", as told to Rabbi Dan Lewin. He also saw his life dreams come true that a new Holocaust Center be built and dedicated in Dallas, Texas.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Sruel, David and Jankale; sister Nanette Szlak; and his loving wife Edna Unger Repp. He is survived by his precious Sarah; his 3 children and their spouses: Stanley (Marsha), David (Bobbie) and Lotty (Peter); his four grandchildren, Ellie, Mason, Jenna (Ricky) and Jake; and his one great-grandchild, Charlie.
Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, January 14 at 10:00 am at Temple Emanu-El, followed by the burial and reception. A minyan service will be held at Temple Emanu-El at 5:30 p.m. If you wish to make a donation in Jack’s memory, contribution can be made to The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, 300 N. Houston Street, Dallas, Texas 75202.
- Funeral Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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