Larry L. Rens

Date of Death: Aug 18, 2020
Larry L. Rens

1942 - 2020

Larry L. Rens, 77, of Waupun, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at his residence.

Larry was born October 30, 1942 in Waupun, the son of Clarence and Alice Bronkhorst Rens. Larry attended Waupun schools and graduated from Waupun High School in 1961. On September 19, 1963 he married Shirley Van Loo at First Reformed Church in Waupun. The couple lived in the Waupun area all their married lives. In 1962 Larry took over his father’s business, Rens Lawn and Sport which he owned until he retired in 1999. He enjoyed the quiet sports in life; bicycling, cross country skiing, archery, snow shoeing, canoeing, and kayaking. Larry was a past member of First Reformed Church for many years prior to joining Edgewood Community Church in Waupun. Larry and Shirley were adult volunteers at The Union in Waupun and Campus Life Ministry in Waupun for 16 years. Larry enjoyed working with the youth.

Larry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Rens of Waupun; sons: Ric (Sheri) Rens of Waterford, WI, and Scott (Wendy) Rens of Lino Lakes, MN; six grandchildren: Zachary (Sarah) Rens of East Troy, Drew Rens (special friend, Emily Haas) of White Bear Lake, MN, Spencer (Sarah) Rens of Muskego, and Noah, Joshua, and Catie Rens of Waterford; two great-grandchildren: Reed and Lily; a sister, Carol Ellsworth of Spring, TX; a sister-in-law, Sharon Haase of Waupun; along with nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Tracey; an infant granddaughter, Brianna; and brothers-in-law: Les Ellsworth and Larry Haase


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-6 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Larry L. Rens will be held Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Edgewood Community Church in Waupun with Pastor Roger Knowlton officiating.


Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens in the town of Trenton.



  1. Al & LeAnne Holden Says: August 19, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Prayers for the family.

  2. Elton & Sharon Posthuma Says: August 20, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Our sympathy on Larry’s passing.
    May God be with your family now
    and in future days .

  3. Don DeMotts Says: August 20, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Shirley: So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  4. Sue (DeVries) MacDonald Says: August 20, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    I am sad to hear about Larry’s death. I sure appreciated knowing Larry and Shirley in my teen years at First Reformed Church in Waupun. May the Lord give you all His comfort and peace as you grieve this loss with the hope of being reunited some day in heaven.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about the loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  6. It’s sad he died he will be missed he’s in heaven with the. Lord god now sympathy ,condolences,thoughts,prayers,loves,hugs kisses sorry for the loss out to the Renz family love Diana

  7. Cheri & Mike La Pointe Says: August 23, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the whole family.

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