ARCANUM - Sunrise Jan. 24, 1931, Sunset July 13, 2014. At 83, Rowland "Gene" Rench has completed his journey.
Born near Bradford, Ohio, he was the fourth of six children born to the late Rowland A. and Lela M. (Houdeshell) Rench.
Gene attended and played baseball and basketball for Arcanum H.S. where he graduated in 1948. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1954 during the Korean War. Gene married the love of his life Katherine "Joan" Baker in 1956. Over the years Gene gave unselfishly to the Arcanum community. At one time he drove a school bus, was the assistant manager of the bowling alley, was a homebuilder, a real estate broker, served on the Arcanum National Bank Board, volunteered numerous hours with the initial construction of the football field, served on the Arcanum Rescue Squad Governing Board, was a member of the AHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and helped restore the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society building.
He was a Van Buren Township Trustee from 1984 to 2003. Gene was member of the Arcanum Masonic Lodge #295 and Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton since 1972 and Greenville Elks #1139. Gene's true passion was farming. He took great pride in maintaining Sampson's Corner.
In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by infant grandson Joshua M. Rench, sister Patricia Grote, brothers Harvey, Jack, Glenn and Joseph Rench.
Left behind to cherish his memory: wife, Joan; son Terry (Darla) of Arcanum, daughters Beverly of Dayton and Kelley (Glen) Moore of Arcanum; grandchildren Sarah (Tony) Baker, Jeremy Moore, Jessica Rench, Kimmi (Robert) Bair, Landon and Christian Rench and the light of his eye great-grandson Mason Baker. Gene will be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum, with Rollie Rench officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. His family would like to thank all caregivers, especially Dr. David Joffe and Danielle "The Hockey Player." In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gene's memory may be made to the
and State of the Heart Hospice, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Condolences may be sent to www.KreitzerFuneralHomeInc.com.