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Obituary for Richard D. Renkes
RICHARD D. RENKES, 66, of Prophetstown, IL, died Monday, January 19, 2015 at GCH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Rich was born on July 8, 1948, in Morrison, IL, to Warren and Meredith (Domdey) Renkes. He was educated in the Morrison grade schools and graduated from Morrison High School in 1966. Rich served in the United States Air Force. He married Sally Gilman on March 31, 1973, in Pontiac, IL. For many years Rich was a floor installer with the family business, The Renkes Paint Store, located in Morrison. After the store closed he continued to install floors independently. He was currently employed for the Prophetstown Park District. Rich was a past member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church, and was a current member of the Prophetstown United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Prophetstown American Legion Post #522. Rich enjoyed wood working, leather crafting and listening to gospel music. He was artistic in nature and painted many pictures. He was an avid Atlanta Braves, Chicago Bears and Blackhawks fan and enjoyed all sports in general. Rich was the family handyman and was always available for any family member that needed some assistance. He loved taking his children the Thomson, IL cabin that his Grandpa Domdey built on the Mississippi and going on day trips with "Mom". The grandchildren remember him for giving them rides to school, or where ever they needed to go on the spur of the moment. He enjoyed going to their events, watching "Dora", playing "Play-Doh", and telling Ellie, "you"re a good girl, you know that, right?" He loved his kids and would always do whatever they needed him to do, day or night. He loved family gatherings and saw good things in each and every one of his children and their mates. He was his wife"s best buddy and she adored him. Rich was truly a gentle, patient, honest and non-judgmental man. Survivors include his wife, Sally; two daughters, Dixie Renkes-Taylor of Prophetstown and Jill (Carl) Renkes-Weidel of Prophetstown; one son, Dustin (Tirzah) Renkes of Prophetstown; seven grandchildren, Ellie and Jaden Taylor, Max, Simon and Mya Weidel, Wynn and Laken Renkes; his mother, Meredith Renkes of Morrison, one sister, Rhonda (Richard) Tracy of Dubuque, IA, one brother, Rolland R. (Janet) Renkes of Morrison; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; one brother, Raymond Warren Renkes.
CREMATION RITES HAVE BEEN ACCORDED MEMORIAL SERVICE: 10:30 AM Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home.OFFICIATING: Rev. Cheri Stewart " Pastor of the Prophetstown United Methodist Church MEMORIAL VISITATION: 4:00 " 7:00 PM Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. INTERMENT: Grove Hill Cemetery " Morrison, IL