In Memory of

William 'Bill' Renken

October 30, 1941 - June 11, 2015
William Henry Renken, the son of Gertrude (Seivert) and Alvin Renken, was born October 30, 1941, in Slayton, MN. He grew up in Wilmont, MN, and attended the local schools. On February 7, 1961, Bill was united in marriage to Barbara Johannes. The couple didn't let any grass grow under their feet, as they relocated several times between Nebraska, Texas and California. As their family expanded, Bill and Barb decided to put down roots, and made their home in Cherokee, IA. Bill started 'Bill's Bottles & Cans' in 1980, a redemption center that he operated until his health declined in May of this year. His sons had joined him in the business, but Bill continued to be an active part of the day-to-day operation. He was a hard worker, and always tried to keep himself busy. He did custom tilling and lawn mowing. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, and collecting tractors. He was active in church, hosted Bible studies in his home, and attended several retreats. He liked listening to Elvis Presley music. The pastime that gave him the most joy, however, was playing with his grandchildren. Bill passed away, at age 73, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center on Thursday, June 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Dave, and two sisters, Grace and Joany. His loving heart and good sense of humor will be missed by many. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Barb; children, Sherri (Lonnie) Benson, Bill J. (Buffy) Renken, Rodger (Jackie) Renken, Debra (Tim) Anderson, and Kim Renken, all of Cherokee; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bob Renken of Sibley, IA and Don Renken of Laverne, MN; a sister, Jeanette Kremer of Omaha, NE; numerous nieces and nephews.
10:00 a.m., Monday, June 15 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Jamie Renken Nathan Renken Ryan Renken Mike Engleman Brent Renken Themos Pavlis Honorary Pallbearers Natatia Gibson Nissa Renken
3:00 until 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 14 at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary.
Meriden Cemetery Meriden, Iowa At a later date


Monday, June 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Always friendly, generous and since of Faith Bill's life among us was full and meaningful. May he rest in Eternal Peace and may all family members know that same peace in his memory. Prayerfully, Fr. Gene”
- Fr. Gene E. Sitzmann
Monday, June 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM
Friday, June 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Rodger and family,
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing, I know you have been troubled by his illness for awhile now, May God bless you and help you find comfort during this difficult time. ”
- Peg Hinkhouse
Monday, June 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Kim, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God bless you all and see you through to brighter days. ”
- Chuck Sutter
Monday, June 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Thinking and praying for your whole family in the days to come. You all played a big part in my life. big hugs”
- Christi Grohe Izik, Tate and Gage
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“i will miss seeing whether at work or on the street. ”
- marly
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Aunt Barb and family,
I am sadden to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. I have very fond memories of him while I was growing up. He was always smiling and laughing. His love for God, you and his children/grandkids was obvious to all who knew him. I agree with what another friend has stated, he' s with God now, smiling and chatting about you and the kids. Barb may you and your family have peace and comfort as you grieve your loss of a wonderful husband and father. My prayers and thoughts to you and my cousins.”
- Theresa M Kremer
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Bill has left this earth but not left all who knew him with lot's of memories that we will all remember for a life time. To when you take a can in to get your nickel. To him just saying Hi!. He will truly be missed. ”
- Melvin Fritz Family
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss,many prayers being sent the the family”
- Sheila &Chris Welch
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Bill was a great guy and will be missed by all”
- Chuck Rosewall
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss, I first met Bill was at Kum and Go. He was always smiling and in such a good mood. Know he is with our Lord and he is again smiling. God be with you all”
- Linda D. Vannatta
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Barb and family, I am very sorry for your loss. Bill will be missed by so many! I will always remember all the many things he did for the faith formation program and events at the parish! He was great with the kids! I can just see him with that smile in heaven!”
- Laurie Dreier
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I am saddened by this loss. Bill was a good man and always had something to say to make you smile. My thought and prayers are with you all.”
- Brenda L Draper
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Bill will be missed by all of our family and if you need anything just let us know. ”
- Luz Swain
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Barb and family,
Dar and I have many fond memories of Bill, and you. He was a faithful volunteer for so many youth ministry programs and loved to witness to his strong faith with a great sense of humor. He also assisted us when we moved from one house to another and back to Sioux City. What a great friend! I can just imagine him smiling broadly and loving to chat face to face with his Lord. May your faith give you comfort in the midst of grief. Wish we could be there with you to celebrate his life.”
- Bev Hurni
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Im sorry to hear about your loss,he was well known and will be missed ”
- Melissa A Eberly
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