James “Harold” Rens

Date of Death: Apr 18, 2015
James “Harold” Rens
[highlight_text]1916-2015[/highlight_text] James “Harold” Rens, 98, of Waupun, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 at The Christian Home and Rehabilitation Center in Waupun.


[leftcolumn] Harold was born August 1, 1916 in the town of Metomen in Fond du Lac County, the son of Aldert and Cynthia Vanden Berg Rens.

On June 3, 1941 he married Wilma Loomans in Alto. Following their marriage the couple farmed near Brandon until 1972 at which time they moved to Waupun. Harold then worked for Farmer’s Elevator in Waupun for 10 years. Following his retirement, Harold worked for a car wash in Waupun in which he enjoyed meeting and conversing with the customers. He was a member of Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon where he served as Elder and Deacon.

Harold is survived by two sons: Orville Rens of Waupun and Larry (Betty) Rens of Brandon; a daughter, Shirley (Philip) Rasmussen of Fond du Lac; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a step-great-great grandchild; two sisters: Esther Kamphuis of Waupun and Helen (Lloyd) Hartgerink of Waupun; a brother-in-law, Wayne Tank of Brandon; a sister-in-law, Mary Rens of Waupun; and several nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma on January 4, 2005; two brothers, George Rens and Gordon “Bob” Rens; and two sisters, Angeline Tavs and Audrey Tank.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives of Harold Rens may call on the family on Monday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4:30-7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Harold Rens will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon with Rev. John Tilstra officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery.



  1. Elsie Claypool Says: April 18, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Orville, Shirley and Larry, I want to let you know that I am thinking and praying for all of you and your families on the death of your Dad. He lived a very long life, but it is still sad to lose your last parent. My sincere condolences.
    Love, Elsie Kamphuis Claypool

  2. Roger & Peggy Cotterill Says: April 19, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Our sympathy to all the family …..may the Lord be your strength & comfort. Sincerely, Roger & Peggy

  3. Wick Hubers Says: April 21, 2015 at 4:42 am

    My sympathies to Harold’s family– it was a joy to know him and to be encouraged by him as he faced life and aging trusting God. He certainly understood that God was sovereign. Be blessed as you remember the smiles and joy he brought to those around him.

  4. Michael & Rose Paetzke Says: April 24, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    We are so thankful to have gotten to know Harold at the Christian Home. He was always a joy to talk with. I so enjoyed listening to his stories of growing up. He will always be a blessing in my life. ~Rose

  5. Wick Hubers Says: May 3, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Was saddened to hear of Harold’s passing–but rejoiced as well knowing how much he looked forward to entering into the presence of his Lord and Savior! Thankful to have known him. Wick Hubers

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