Oct. 3, 1933-Nov. 20, 2017
Robert “Bob” Renz, 84, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 in his own home.
Born and raised in Butte, Bob was the son of Waldemar “Bill” and Veronica (O’Brien) Renz. Growing up in Butte, Bob loved participating in sports. He developed this talent and was an outstanding tri-sport athlete for Butte High, earning nine letters and All-American honors his senior year. He was later inducted into the Montana High School Hall of Fame. This is an honor he cherished and relived on numerous occasions as he retold stories to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His success in football led to 16 scholarship offers before his decision to play for the Oregon State Beavers of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
He was united in marriage to Shirley Menghini on Feb. 3, 1962, in Great Falls. They were blessed with 55 years together, living not only in Montana but the Seattle area and eventually retiring and spending the winters in Sun City, Arizona.
Bob was the owner/operator of R&R Construction and Bob Renz LLC. Building and developing properties was a passion for Bob. His work is appreciated throughout Montana and Washington. He was a 50-year honorary member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiner’s of America and he and Shirley were 50-year members of the Elks Club where they enjoyed dining and dancing. He was a Butte High Golden B, having earned that first varsity football letter 50 years ago.
As an avid outdoorsman, Bob enjoyed hunting many species, from birds to big game. He could also be found on the water: rafting, fishing and trapping.
Bob is survived by his wife, Shirley; children; Rose, Curtis, Gene, and Pam; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father, Waldemar “Bill” A. Renz; mother, Veronica Renz-Ellis; daughter, Debora Claahsen; brother, Don Renz; and two great-granddaughters, Katarina Cortez and Jeneca Sweet.
Bob’s life will be celebrated by loved ones in a private service. Rite of Committal will follow in the Mausoleum of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Duggan Dolan Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.