Henry H. Renn

Henry H. Renn, 62, of Hilbert, died on January 8, 2018, at Theda Care Medical Center in Appleton surrounded by his wife, Terry, and their children. He was born December 7, 1955, in Appleton, son of Henry and Hermmina (Schreiber) Renn. 

Henry loved classic country music, especially Tom T. Hall, Ronnie Milsap, and Asleep at the Wheel. He even enjoyed playing music – he was once an accordion player in a polka band. It was during one of the band’s shows that he met Terry Hockers.  They hit it off and on June 7, 1975, Henry married Terry and they went on to have six children.

Henry was a dairy farmer his whole life, taking great pride in the farmstead he and his wife owned outside St. John. He also knew how to enjoy his free time. He liked spending his time outdoors, camping, deer hunting, traveling up north to visit family, and napping under the shade tree outside of his home. Indoors, Henry liked antiquing with Terry, playing Sheepshead with his relatives, and collecting coins.

Henry was a fan of the Green Bay Packers, Ford trucks, and Case tractors. He was a devout Democrat and he loved his family; he enjoyed being a part of his grandchildren’s activities and he was very close to his sister, Lucy. 

Henry is survived by his wife, Terry; his father, Henry; his children: Jennifer (Jonathan) Bretl, Molly (Erich) O’Brien, Henry “Hank” Renn, Frank Renn, Casey Renn, and Spencer Renn; grandchildren: Alex Jo Bretl, Abby Bretl, Evan Bretl, Emalee Bretl, Kaitlyn O’Brien, Kendra O’Brien, Claire O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien, Hayden Renn; sisters: Frances (Michael) Malcheski, and Lucy (Robert) Kesler; brothers: Matthew (Ann) Renn and Michael (Tracy) Renn; sister-in-law: Nancy (Al) Tilkens; brother-in-law: Larry (Jean) Hockers; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Henry was preceded in death by his mother, Hermmina; a sister-in-law: Suzanne (Peter) Jacobsen; and a brother-in-law: Leonard Koltis. 

A memorial service is set for 1:00pm on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church (N369 Military Rd) in Sherwood. Friends may call at the church from 10:00am until 12:45pm on the day of the service.