Jerry Van Rennes, of Chandler, Arizona, formerly of Ogilvie, died on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. He was 78 years old.
He was an adventurous spirit that was always interested in exploring and learning new things. After leaving the family farm in Ogilvie, he worked several odd jobs in Minneapolis where he met and was united in marriage to his wife of 52 years. In 1967, he and his young bride moved to Arizona where he was able to work as a truck driver to support his growing family while completing his degree in engineering. After graduation from college he lived with his wife and children for a short time in Norfolk, Nebraska before being employed by Intel and returning to Arizona where he spent the rest of his life. The couple traveled to several countries including Europe and RV’d to Alaska. They were able to travel to at least 45 of the 50 states.
During free time he loved to meet people and share stories, especially all the roads he traveled. He always had answers for everything and loved to volunteer. He was very proud of his work with Deeper Missions to create solar and wind energy to provide lighting and refrigeration for third world countries. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, volunteering and serving Red Cross and St Matthew’s United Methodist Church. His treasured job was being a taxi driver for his three grandkids. He enjoyed woodworking and spent many hours creating special items for his family. He also enjoyed home brewing, stamp collecting, gardening, genealogy and singing in the church choir and East Valley Chorale. Last year he was very active in organizing his high school reunion but missed his 60th high school reunion (Aug. 2019). After fighting valiantly against cancer, he chose to exit this world and start on a new adventure.
A celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Lewis Lake Covenant Church, 1030 Grand Street, Ogilvie. A viewing will precede the services at 9:30 a.m. The church service will be followed by a graveside service with a reception immediately following at the church.
Donations to the Cancer Research Institute, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, New York 10006, can be made in lieu of flowers.