Bob Rens

Date of Death: Mar 29, 2014
Bob Rens
[highlight_text] [/highlight_text] Robert “Bob” E. Rens, 81, of Waupun, passed away to his eternal home on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at his home.


[leftcolumn] Bob was born on May 14, 1932 in Fond du Lac the son of Donald and Dorothy Boom Rens. Bob graduated in 1950 from Waupun High School and then began farming on the family dairy farm. On February 26, 1954 he married Junice R. Westra. Bob was a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Waupun. He served on the boards of Farmer’s Elevator, Chester Township as treasurer, Dodge County and the Christian Day School. Bob fulfilled a boyhood dream of becoming a pilot and started his flying instruction in 1957. He became a corporate pilot for several companies in the area. He also was a Ground School Instructor for Wisconsin Schools of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education in Beaver Dam. Bob also did custom harvesting for neighbors and friends. He took pride in a straight row of corn and smooth landings. After retirement, Bob and Junice moved to Waupun. Bob enjoyed God’s creations on the ground and in the sky!

Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Junice Rens of Waupun; their five children: Donald Rens of Waupun, Thomas (Yenny) Rens of Menasha, Susan (Steve) Guell of Waupun, Mae (Greg) Kosciuk of Winneconne, and Jan (Patrick) Nickel of Waupun; 17 grandchildren: Tyler Rens, Julia (Luke) Houdek, Mason (Andrea) Rens, Madelyn (Aaron) Long, Conrad Rens, Daniel Rens, Victoria Rens, Kirsten Guell, Gina (Curt) Meshak, Evan Guell, Lydia Guell, Corrin Kosciuk, Elle Kosciuk, Sadie Kosciuk, Jess Nickel, Cory Nickel, and Brant Nickel; five great-grandchildren: Nikiah, Avery, Amelia, William, and Ainsley; sister, Clarice Koenig of Waupun; brothers-in-law: Dewey (Lois) Westra of Zeeland, MI, Jerry (Phyllis) Westra of Bradenton, FL, Robert (Rose) Westra of Waupun, and Glenn (Renee) Westra of Waupun; along with many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Robert, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Lisa Rens; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Harland and Lorraine Kemink, and Ivan Koenig.


[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] 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 10 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Bob Rens will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11 a.m. at First Christian Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Craig Van Hill officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will take place at Forest Mound Cemetery.



  1. Pamela Smith Says: March 31, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your wonderful family will be in my prayers.

  2. Anna M Semrau Says: April 1, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Dear Junis and family I was so sorry to hear about Robert. I know you were by his side and took wonderful care of him. I always enjoyed coming to see you folks and remember the last time I saw Robert. He was avery special person and a wonderful friend. Junis you will be in my prayers .You Are a very special friend to me.
    Sincerely Ann Semrau

  3. Edna Mae Sohrweide Says: April 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    You have my sympathy in the loss of husband, father, grandpa, father-in-law. I am friends of the Kosciuk’s in Winneconne. this
    wonderful man and I shared the same birthday as well as being
    born the same year. I do understand the loss and pray that

    all of you will be able to adjust. Good to know that he is in heaven with our savior. What an interesting and busy life he

  4. Bill Knight Says: April 4, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob was my flight instructor – ground and air – in the 1960’s and was an outstanding teacher. He sent me on a lifelong passion for aviation and I have him to thank for that. He will be flying with the angels. Best regards to the family. Bill Knight

  5. Tim & Loretta Green Lake "Yellow Cottage" Says: April 4, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    We wish to express out deepest sympathies for your loss.
    Bob was truly a consummate gentleman and his visits to Green Lake always gave us such a warm feeling.
    He was a grand patriarch of his family and his passion for life and his compassion for others is reflected in all of you through all generations of your family.
    I am sure that he and Lee DeSanti will continue to keep watch over all at Green Lake as they always did!

    Tim & Loretta Lane
    Sunrise View Crew

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