Robert “Bob” Renz
Robert “Bob” Renz passed away peacefully at his home May 8, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
Bob was born 11/17/1938 to William and Florence Renz in Bridgeport, CT, where he spent his childhood. He joined the Air Force in 1958 and served our country at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, CO, until 1962. He remained a reserve until the completion of the Bay of Pigs. While serving, he met his first wife, Ruth. They were married in April 1962. They made their home in Englewood, CO, before moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1981. They raised 3 children. Bob lost his wife in 1995 to cancer. He then met and married his second wife, Susan, in 1999.
Bob was known and respected as one of the best carpenters to have ever lived. He took great pride in his work and loved to share this passion with anyone willing to hold a hammer. It was often said that thousands of families enjoyed the roof over their heads because of the great craftsmanship he delivered in their homes. He was a great man known for his sense of humor, integrity, but most of all as a man who truly loved everyone he met. Whenever anyone needed anything, Bob would be the one standing there capable of getting done whatever was needed. Though he may not have had much, he was always willing to share it with all. He also enjoyed fishing and woodworking in his spare time.
Bob is survived by his wife, children Kathi Decker of Grand Junction, Robert Renz Jr. of Farmington, CT, Richard Renz of Cascade, CO, Mandy (Kevin) Striebeck of Grand Junction and Rachel (Greg) Whetstone of Clifton, CO, 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, sister Joannie Derochers of Milford, CT, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. He is proceeded in death by his wife, Ruth, parents William Renz, Sr. and Florence Durrant, brother William Renz, Jr. and grandson Nicholas Renz.
A service will be held at Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction, CO, at 10am Wednesday, May 14, 2014, followed by a burial at White Hill Cemetery in Carbondale, CO, at 1:30. Donations may be made to Hope West Hospice in Grand Junction, CO.
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