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Calvin Christian Reformed Church
Saturday February 16th, 2019
2:00pm - 7:00pm

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Richard B. Renken


   Richard Bruce Renken “Rich” was born August 29, 1944 in Hawarden, Iowa to Dick and Evelyn (Burnight) Renken. He was the third of 5 children which included Ray and Robert Barr and Linda and Charles Renken. He attended school K-8 at the Chatsworth School and finished his academic career at West Sioux High School in Hawarden in 1962. After graduation, he and his best friend, Larry Pierson moved to Kansas City to attend a trade school for auto body and mechanics for two years, garnering him a valuable degree. After graduation, the two came back to Hawarden where they parted ways, with Rich moving to Minneapolis and starting work for Lehman’s Garage where he met lifelong friend Mike Gill. While enjoying the Minneapolis nightlife, which included rubbing shoulders regularly with the Minnesota Vikings, he met and fell for Sharon Puffer in 1963. They were married in 1964 in Minneapolis with lots of Iowa family in attendance.

   In July of 1965 Rich “Richie” Renken, Jr. was born. John Charles followed in May of 1968 and Gregory Todd in April of 1970. In 1972 Rich and his boys moved back to Chatsworth with Evelyn “Ma” Renken. In 1977, Rich and brother Chuck opened Akron Supply Parts Store with autobody and mechanics. Sadly, due to the recession, they closed the doors in 1981 and went to work with Lee Landenberger at Foreman Tire in Hawarden.

   Rich took a break from Foremans for several years going to work for Lyle Ver Hoef at his local dealership. At that same time around 1988, Rich moved back in with his mother to care for her until her death in 1997. He always took the philosophy of Dale Carnegie and Jesus Christ to heart, and spread himself thin helping others, especially his family.

   Ultimately, Rich returned to Foremans with his close friend Lee until it closed. In 2007 Rich was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and took treatment so his grandchildren would know him better.

   He took early retirement at 63 and after being given a clean bill of health, he started helping out at D.A.R.S. in Hawarden in 2009 to help Duane out as he was needing help to keep up with a fast-growing clientele. In classic Rich fashion, he asked for nothing monetarily but instead for Duane to help his boys out after he was gone. In 2017 after 8 years, Rich was forced to quit as he faced cancer again. He never recovered from that, but never lost who he was born to be right up to the very end. Rich died on Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Sioux Center Health at the age of 74 years.

   In life, his hobbies were turning wrenches, helping others, and above all, loving on his grandbabies.

   Rich was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Chuck Renken and Raymond Barr; uncles, Francis and Clayton Burnight; niece, Missy Peskey; special friends, Sandy Liston and Mikey Peterson; and countless friends.

   Rich is survived by his sister, Linda and Mike Coons of Ireton, Iowa; brother, Bob Barr of Chatsworth; sons, Rich and Kerrie Renken of Arleta, California, John and Candy Renken of Sioux Center, Iowa, and Greg Renken and Mandy Slaght of Hawarden; 11 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

   Honorary pallbearers will be Rusty Coons, Jim McKee, Mark Mosholder, Mike Puffer, Darin DeBruin, Chaz Renken, Caleb Renken, Seth Renken, Mark Barinsky, Roger Puffer, Billy Liston, Rick Liston, Lee Landenberger, Brandon Renken, Stacy Draayer, Duane Schiefen, and Kelly Puffer.

   A Celebration of Life Service will be on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Hawarden Community Center beginning at 2:00 p.m. sharp!

   Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

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A Sincerest Thoughts was sent on February 14, 2019

Happy HOME Going! We will see you again soon Uncle Rich! 1Thesalonians 4:17 Our thoughts are of you and the whole family! Roger, Samie, & Family

Expression of Sympathy Feb 14 2019 12:00 AM

Rich was a very special man who was loved and admired by all who knew him. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Carmela "Larrie", Gary and Lisa Mahlstedt Feb 11 2019 12:00 AM

Rich. Dad. The man. The myth. The legend. He will live on in my heart always.

Laura A. Feb 9 2019 12:00 AM

Our thoughts & prayers go out to the whole family of Rich.Sr.He had a million dollar smile & the gift of telling great stories.Rich,Sr. was a great auto body mechanic as we shared that in common.Rich,Sr. will be missed by all.

Casey & Cindy Havelaar Feb 8 2019 12:00 AM

sorry to hear of your loss. Rich was a good guy. John Hill

John Hill Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM

Rich would always stop with a smile and say hello and how you doing, every time we seen each other up town. One of the nicest people anyone could ever meet. If you were lucky enough to call him a friend (which everyone was) you knew someone very special.
Prayers to the family, God bless you Rich
Lori (Headid) Pierce

Lori ( Headid ) Pierce Feb 1 2019 12:00 AM

On behalf of the entire Kluver family we want to send our thoughts, prayers, and blessings to Rich's entire family. He will be missed so much. I will miss his million dollar smile and wonderful sense of humor. Most of my entire life I thought we were cousins, but found out our families were so close we were all like family. We always enjoyed "shop" talk whether working in Minneapolis or Hawarden. He was a blessing to many. God Bless the entire Renken family. Hugs and prayers. Cuzzin tom

Tom Kluver Feb 1 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Rich's passing. We were classmates in school and it was always nice to visit with him when I was back in town. All our sympathy to the family.

Ron and Kathy Madsen Jan 31 2019 12:00 AM

Neal and I have known Rich Sr. For many years. We joined families when his son Rich married our daughter Kerrie. We shared grand kids along the way and enjoyed his visits. He raised three wonderful boys, and loved his family very much. Rich will be missed. So sorry for your loss, may all the wonderful memories bring comfort and knowing he is with his Lord.

Neal and Mary Ann Whitely Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

Linda Im so sorry, to hear of Rich my prays are with you. Please let me know if theres anything I can do.

Deb Frerichs Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

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