Walter Ivan Renne

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BIG RAPIDS -- Walter Ivan Renne, 77, of rural Big Rapids, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.

He was born April 18, 1941, in Big Rapids, the son of Paul and Marie (DePuydt) Renne, and graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1959.

Walter was a dairy farmer his entire life, working with his brother, Peter, who passed away on April 21, 2018. He was a former member of the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) and the Farm Bureau, and loved taking caring of his cows. Walter also was baptized at and was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Big Rapids.

Walter is survived by one sister, Sister Mary Paula Renne, of Mount St. Joseph, Ohio; one brother, Leo Renne, of Jackson; and many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Marlene Renne, of Big Rapids. He also was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, David and Lawrence Renne; and sisters, Louise Renne, Anne Yost and Marian Stamper.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Walter will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Big Rapids, with Father Michael Burt officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Walter's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with a Rosary Service beginning at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the church, with envelopes available at the funeral home. Share a memory or express condolences at

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Published in Big Rapids Pioneer on Aug. 21, 2018