George Leon Renz

07/31/1940 — 03/12/2013

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Laramie, WY

George Leon Renz

George Leon Renz

George was born July 31, 1940 in Laramie Wyoming and was the eldest son of Frederick and Frances Renz. In 1942, Fred Renz moved his family to Richland to work in support of the nations WWII nuclear effort. George attended Columbia High School participating and excelling in FFA receiving honor awards for prize winning cattle and hogs. Following graduation in 1957, George and his father started the Presidential Plumbing business supporting the greater lower Yakima valley.

On November 23, 1961, George met the love of his life Naomi Mildred Phipps. They married June 24, 1962 in Wallace Idaho. On December 3, 1964, George was drafted into the US Army serving honorably as an Operating Engineer/Surveyor during the Vietnam conflict until December 2, 1970. While serving, George was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter Rifle Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal First Class. Although protected by the infantry, George recalled the stress of evening compound patrol, where one evening he was certain he saved the lives of his countrymen by confronting and eliminating an infiltrating and rogue…duck. "Better fowl than foe" he used to say.

A complex, highly intelligent loaner, George found strength in Biblical Scripture. To his seven children, he maintained a mild, composed and loving demeanor; yet when discipline was necessary, a stern glare and a pointed finger was all that was necessary. The belts were hidden anyway! George and his love Naomi happily raised seven children. Their song was "The Twelfth of Never" by Johnny Mathis. He often sang this song to her offering her assuredness of his devotion.

George is survived by his wife Naomi and their seven children, daughter Denise Renz, daughter Cherese Anderson Scott, son Timothy Renz, wife Debbie, son Jeffrey Renz, wife Leslie, son Lonnie Renz Lisa, daughter Belinda Kaldor, husband Reid, and son Nathan Renz, wife Mindy. Also, younger brother Daryl, wife Donna, niece Rhonda and nephew Joseph. Additionally, he's survived by 18 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and dozens of nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his father Frederick, mother Frances, son-in-law Scott Anderson and daughter-in-law Lisa Renz.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Renz family. George was a wonderful neighbor.

    Your neighbor,

    The Skinner family

    Steve Skinner
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA
  • Lon, I found you. I have been looking for you for years and didn’t know where you were. I sure wish I would have found you befor this.

    Ag. farm for ever!! Fast trips to BC for milk. So very sorry we didn’t cross paths in life again.

    Leonard Peters
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • My condolences to the Renz family, it’s never easy to lose someone you love. I remember going to school with Denise and Cherese, in Basin City I think. Lost track of you. Hold your memories close! Christy Flansburgh Kent

    Christy Kent
    November 4, 2014
    Connell, WA
  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Renz family. George was a wonderful neighbor.

    Your neighbor,

    The Skinner family

    Steve Skinner
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA
  • Lon, I found you. I have been looking for you for years and didn’t know where you were. I sure wish I would have found you befor this.

    Ag. farm for ever!! Fast trips to BC for milk. So very sorry we didn’t cross paths in life again.

    Leonard Peters
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • My condolences to the Renz family, it’s never easy to lose someone you love. I remember going to school with Denise and Cherese, in Basin City I think. Lost track of you. Hold your memories close! Christy Flansburgh Kent

    Christy Kent
    November 4, 2014
    Connell, WA