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Leonard W. Renken

June 27, 1927 ~ August 17, 2018 (age 91)

Leonard William Renken, 91, of Springfield, formerly of Litchfield, passed away Friday evening, August 17,2018 at 10:45 p.m. at Heritage Health and Senior Care Center in Springfield.

Born June 27, 1927 in Auburn, IL., a son of John H. and Wilhelmina (Struckemeyer) Renken.

He was a Graduate of Auburn High School Class of 1945. Mr. Renken was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army.  After returning home Mr. Renken was employed by Girard Elevator Co., He moved his family to Litchfield where they would spend 48 years before moving to Springfield. Mr. Renken was a contractor for K-Mar Pole Barn Structures for several years and for Pioneer Seed Co., Litchfield Plant until his retirement in 1986.  He then obtained his realtors license and enjoyed selling real estate. He was employed by Holzinger’s, Coldwell Banker and Century 21 Simpson Realty. 

Mr. Renken was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Springfield.  He was a founding member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn and a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield where he held several positions while living in Litchfield.  Away from his service to his church, Mr. Renken enjoyed woodworking. 

Mr. Renken married the former Elta Marita Fricke on May 13, 1951 in Chatham, IL and she survives.  Additional survivors include:

3 sons; James (Darlene) Renken of Philadelphia, PA

              John (Diane) Renken of Springfield, IL

              Jay (Debbie) Renken of San Diego, CA

1 brother; John (Florence) Renken of Tampa, FL

2 sisters; Dorothy Singley of Bloomington, IL

               Irma (Jim) Speeks) of Springfield, IL

4 grandchildren; Trevor, Karli, Dylan and Savannah Renken


Mr. Renken is preceded in death by a daughter, Janet; 1 brother, Carl Renken; 1 sister, Verna Halstein.


A memorial Service for Leonard W. Renken will be held Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn.  The Rev’s. Martin Kaufmann and Richard Harre will officiate.  A luncheon will be held in the Church fellowship hall immediately following the services.  Friends may call from 10:00 until the time of services at the church.   Inurnment will be private at the Auburn Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials be directed to  The Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH  45250-0301

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