Eugene “Shorty” G. Renner, 85 of Streator passed away Wednesday (May 29, 2019) In Rockford.
Following cremation a visitation will be held Monday from 10 – 12noon at the Winterrowd Funeral Home. Services will be held Monday at noon at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery with full military honors conducted by members of the Streator American Legion and VFW.
Shorty was born on August 4, 1933 in Streator to George and Anna (Bakalar) Renner. He married Carol Lucas on July 16, 1963. She preceded him in death on August 3, 2005.
Surviving are son Michael (Lisa) Renner of Streator, daughter Jeanie (Jim) Fechter of Streator, grandchildren Michael and Colin Renner, Jessica and Justin Fechter, great-grandchildren Paisley and Payton Kimes, sister Muriel (Robert “Rip”) Cipalo of Streator, brothers Larry (Bonnie) Renner of Bartonville and Richard Renner of Chandler, AZ, sister-in-law Lola Renner of California, sister-in-law Nancy (John) Piatkowski of Streator and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and a brother Roger.
Shorty graduated from Streator High School in 1953 and he was named all star player at Streator High. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, was a member of the Streator American Legion and retired from the Dwight Correctional Center in 1992. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears play and mostly spending time with his grandchildren.
Shorty had many good friends who he enjoyed visiting with and talking about the good old days. He was famous for his canned dill pickles and peppers which his family and friends enjoyed.
He was a loving father, grandfather and brother who will be missed by all.
Memorials may be made in his name to Streator Unlimited.