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Clarence Renner

Clarence Renner

July 9, 1925-Aug. 17, 2013

Clarence R. "Jack" Renner, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Frazee Care Center.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the United Methodist Church, with Reverend Brenda North officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, with Military Rites provided by the Lake Region Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, followed with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at David-Donehower Funeral Home, and also at the church one hour prior to Friday's services.

Clarence Richard Renner, known as "Jack," was born to John and Pauline (Wagner) Renner on July 9, 1925, in McClusky, N.D. He was raised and educated in McClusky.

Jack served with the U.S. Navy, 1942-1946, during which time he was stationed for over a year in Casablanca. Following his discharge, he studied printing at State School of Science in Wahpeton, N.D.

He was united in marriage to Ruby Gramm on March 28, 1948 in McClusky. He worked as a printer in Madison, S.D., 1948-50, in Waukesha, Wis., 1950-51, and moved in 1951 to Detroit Lakes, where he joined the staff of the Detroit Lakes Tribune.

The merger of the Tribune with the Becker County Record brought about the creation of Detroit Lakes Printing, where Jack worked until 1983.

Jack enjoyed woodworking in his retirement, and built many pieces of heirloom furniture for his family members. He enjoyed fishing, camping and the Minnesota Vikings, when they were good.

In his later years, he enjoyed listening to books on tape provided by the Minnesota Association for the Blind. He was a past admiral of the Northwest Water Carnival, past president of the Eagles, past president of the Detroit Lakes Jaycees, a member of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club, a past Boy Scout leader, a longtime member of the Detroit Lakes Fire Department, the United Methodist Church, the V.F.W, the American Legion and the Zingers.

Survivors include his wife Ruby, of Detroit Lakes; five children, James (Bonnie) of Detroit Lakes, Janet (Bo) Huntley of Audubon, Eileen (Don) Fonder of Jacksonville, Fla., Patty (Jerry) Campbell of Blodgett, Ore., and Rita (Dana) Tomlinson of Detroit Lakes; eight grandchildren, Carl Solum, Gretchen Jorschumb, Kjersten Hunt, Austin Tomlinson, Nick Fonder, Cody Fonder, Lucas Tomlinson and Hallie Renner; six great grandchildren, Katie, Tannor, Rylee, Reese, Stella and Jemma; and a sister, Velda Liebig of Novato, Calif.

Preceding Jack in death were his sister, Emma Couts, and his parents.

Memorials are requested to be directed to the following: State Services for the Blind Books on Tape and the Detroit Lakes Fire Department.

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