Merlin "Dick" Rengstorf

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Merlin "Dick" Rengstorf was called to his Eternal Home on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. He died peacefully at home with family around him.

Dick was born in Echo, on Dec. 23, 1927, to William and Mabel Rengstorf. He was baptized in Echo on Jan. 15, 1928. He attended grade school in Vesta and graduated from Concordia High School in River Forest, Ill., in 1945. He attended Valparaiso University and then enlisted in the Navy in December 1945 for two years, serving on Saipan in the Mariana Islands. Dick then attended the University of Minnesota and later joined his father in business in 1948. He married Marge Gronholz on Oct. 16, 1949. The marriage was blessed with two sons, Dan and Paul. From 1951 to 1955, he operated a locker plant in Redwood Falls. He became a salesman for Swift and Company in 1955, selling in Bismarck, N.D., Little Falls, and then moved to South St. Paul in 1960. He went into the life and health insurance business in 1963. Dick attained the Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1969. During his insurance career, he represented National Life Insurance Company, of Montpellier, Vt.

Dick enjoyed baseball, golf, tennis and racquetball and was a Charter Member of the Inver Grove Heights Lion's Club. He was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, serving as president, an elder and on numerous committees. He also enjoyed bird watching, especially Purple Martins and Bluebirds.

Survivors include his wife, Marge; sons, Dan and Paul (Paula); three grandchildren; one sister; one brother; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother.

His body has been bequeathed to the Mayo Clinic for research.

There will be a family visitation Friday, Jan. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. at River Park Chapel, Macken Funeral Home, 1105 12th St. S.E., in Rochester.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 869 Seventh Ave. S.E., in Rochester. Friends are welcome to call one hour prior to the service.

Thank you to Mayo Hospice, Doctors and Physician's Assistants at the Mayo Clinic, especially Dr. Swetz and Pastors James Heining and Adam Koglin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Lutheran Hour Ministries, Redeemer Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, Mayo Hospice or donor's choice.

Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at

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Rochester, MN 55904
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 25, 2014
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