Dr. David Ford Lee Rendleman (1929 - 2015)

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Dr. David Ford Lee Rendleman, 86, passed away at 2:55 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at Carbondale Memorial Hospital.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale, with the Rev. Janice West officiating. Visitation was held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church.A private family burial was held immediately after the funeral service. Memorials: Dr. David F. and Mary Rendleman Pre Med Scholarship Endowment Fund in care of the SIU Foundation, SIH Cancer Center, St. Francis Care Animal Shelter, Marion Medical Mission or First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale. Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale was in charge of arrangements. To share a special story or memory of Dr. Rendleman, visit www.meredithfh.com. Online.
Dr. Rendleman was born on April 23, 1929, the son of Ford Lee and Eugenia (Shomaker) Rendleman in Anna. He married Mary Elizabeth Greer on June 5, 1954, in Vandalia.
Dr. Rendleman completed his premedical degree at SIU Carbondale, after which he received a medical degree from the University of Illinois in 1954. After completing his medical internship at St. Louis City Hospital, he joined the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy, serving as lieutenant commander aboard the USS Winston. He later joined the Navy Reserves, achieving the rank of commander. He completed his surgical residency at Rush Presbyterian Hospital of Chicago.
Dr. Rendleman was a surgeon at both the Carbondale Clinic and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion, and became Chief of Surgery at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He served on the board of directors of the Carbondale Clinic, was a professor at SIU School of Medicine and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Over the years, he was actively involved within his community. He served on the Committee to Desegregate Carbondale Public Schools. He also served on the SIU Board of Trustees, along with serving as a director of the University Bank of Carbondale. He was actively involved and supported community fund drives, including the SIU School of Medicine, Carbondale Public Library, YMCA, United Way, SIH Cancer Center, SIU Foundation and SIU Athletics. He was also a member of Phi Kappa Tau in Carbondale. He served as an elder and Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale, where he was a member for the past 61 years.
He is survived by his wife; three daughters and two sons-in law, Jill Rendleman and her husband Bill Vogler of Cobden, Amy Rendleman of Glen Carbon, and Dr. Laurie and her husband Dr. Chris Massa of Nicholasville, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Wesley, Sean and Mary York, Nicole Stewart, Sam, Liz, Emma and Leah Massa; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John S. Rendleman; and sister, Jody Bankoff.
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Published in The Leader-Union from Dec. 30, 2015 to Jan. 6, 2016
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