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Gordon "Bob" Rens

d. September 28, 2013

(1931 - 2013)
Gordon “Bob” Rens, 82, of Waupun, died Saturday, September 28, 2013 at his home.

Bob was born May 30, 1931 in the township of Metomen the son of Aldert and Cynthia VandenBerg Rens. Because his family moved to different locations, Bob was a member of Alto Reformed Church, Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon, and First Reformed Church in Waupun. On August 22, 1952 he married Mary Ann Dykstra and they joined Emmanuel Reformed Church where Bob was a Deacon, Elder, SS teacher, SS Supt., teacher at DVBS, and janitor. He was a choir member all of his adult life and sang in a men’s quartet for some years. In 1951 he joined the Navy and spent two years in Norman, OK and two years on the USS Baltimore patrolling the troubled areas of the world. In 1955 he was honorably discharged as a petty officer 2nd class. Bob served as president of The Christian Home board for two years and served six years on the Waupun Common Council. Being a cook in the Navy, he got involved in the restaurant business. Bob and his wife, Mary, bought and operated The Ren House Restaurant for 13 years. Because he was raised on a farm, later on in life Bob became involved in the farming business. For many years he was a volunteer and was on a committee for the starting of Bargains Galore Thrift Store. Bob was on the board of Dodge County Housing Commission for the past 10 years.

Bob will be remembered by his love for the Lord, his big smile, his compassion and concern for others, his strong work ethic, and his gift of organization.

Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary, of Waupun; son David (Gloria) Rens of Waupun; daughter Diane (Steve) Paul of Lamartine; seven grandchildren, Alysia (Eric) Haveman, Sarah (Travis) Doerr, twins Michael (Chelsea) Rens and Nathan (Emily) Rens, Katie (Steve) Blank, Jon (Vicki) Paul and Jessica Paul; 10 great-grandchildren, Collin, Brayden, and Kolden Doerr, Maeva and Ainsley Haveman, Natalie, Evelyn, and Charlotte Paul, Ian Blank and Camden Rens; a brother Harold Rens; sisters Esther Kamphuis and Helen (Lloyd) Hartgerink; in laws Bud (Sylvia) Landaal; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Angeline Tavs and Audrey Tank; brother George Rens; nephew Gary Rens; sisters-in-laws Wilma Rens and Marge Zachaarias; brothers-in-law Wilton Tavs, Gordon Kamphuis, Earl TerBeest and Donald Dykstra and his wife, Shirley.


Friends and relatives of Bob Rens may call on the family on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Gordon “Bob” Rens will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Cal Vande Zande officiating.


Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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