Frank "Bud" A. Renning, 89, of Rochester, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at his residence in Rochester.
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Frank Allen Renning was born March 6, 1925, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Floyd and Nettie (Bierbaum) Renning. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1942. Bud served his country with honor as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart during the Battle of the Bulge. On Sept. 29, 1946, he married Wilma Lois Schellin in Rochester. Bud opened Renning's Flowers in 1959. He was very active in the floral industry and a huge supporter of the Rochester Community serving as a fire commissioner (25 years) and a member of the following organizations: Toastmasters, Odd Fellows, Youth Baseball, Masons, Shriners, Elks, Eagles, Chamber Ambassadors, Rochester Mustangs, Rochester Exchange Club, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Charter Member, North Central Florists Association, FTD District Chair, FTD Regional Director.
Bud shared his smile, laugh and charismatic personality with everyone he met. He was a passionate fan of Minnesota sport teams, loved a good newspaper, a round of golf, poker with the boys, a hot cup of coffee and a cocktail with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma, of Rochester; his son, Jerry (Adair) Renning of Milan, Mich., granddaughters, Meghann (Jeff) Conly, Asia; his son, Bruce (Barbara) Renning of Minneola, Fla., granddaughter, Brandie (Chad) Larson, grandson, Bryce; his daughter, Kimberly (Phil) Schroeder of Rochester, granddaughters, Alyse, Andrea (Mark) Junge; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a stepfather and two stepbrothers.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 12th Ave. N.W. in Rochester, with Pastor Karna Hagen officiating.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W. in Rochester, and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Burial will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester, with military honors by the Rochester American Legion Post # 92.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com.
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Aug. 18, 2014