Robert J. Rentschler Robert J. Rentschler, chemistry teacher for 33 years and football coach at Sexton High School died on December 27th after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Bob was a model teacher: well versed, organized, methodical, and gracious to students, parents, and colleagues alike. He carried these qualities to his other passion - youth sports where he mentored kids - and parents alike - as a referee, coach and everything in between. He was the recipient of a number of awards from the National Science Foundation. Born in Adrian, MI, raised on a farm and graduated from Tecumseh, Bob served in the Army Signal Corps stationed in Washington, D. C. He met and married Skeeter, his Georgia born soul mate, who stood unwavering by his side for 53 years. Together they raised two sons in Okemos. Bob earned his Bachelor of Science and master's degrees at Michigan State University and was a loyal supporter and benefactor of the University his entire life. Following their retirements Bob and Skeeter traveled the world while enjoying the friendships of many, including those in the famous 'Pinochle Club'. Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Stanley, of Tecumseh. He is survived by his wife Skeeter, sons Bob, of Dearborn, MI, Randy and his wife Rosemary of San Francisco, CA and grandchildren Emily and Kyle. A Celebration of the Life will be observed on January 23 at 2 p.m. at Peoples Church , 200 W. Grand River, East Lansing. Persons wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Michigan State University Children's Garden, 4700 S. Hagadorn Road, Ste. 220, East Lansing, MI 48823-5399, or the Parkwood YMCA, 2306 Haslett Road, Haslett, MI 48840. The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at www.gorslineruncimanfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Jan. 10, 2010