George M. Renner

POWNAL - George M. Renner, 98, a longtime resident of Pownal and more recently a resident of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, died Thursday, April 10, 2014.

He was born in Rochester, N.Y., on March 27, 1916, and was the son of Matthew J. and Alice (Tyrell) Renner. He attended St. Augustine's Grammar School and St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, both in Rochester, NY.. He was a graduate of New York State School of Forestry College at Syracuse.

He married the former Helen Norwood Thompson on April 17, 1943, at the Selman Army Air Force Base in Monroe La. Mrs. Renner predeceased him.

He was employed by Darcy Tree Service in Indiana before entering the service in 1941. He served in the Air Force until 1949 on active duty. He was in the Reserves until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel stationed on Okinawa.

Over the years, he had been employed at the former Bell Laundry, Cushman's Furniture, First Vermont Bank, and Merchants Bank from which he retired.

Mr. Renner had been a member of the Pownal Fire Department since 1951. He was a former secretary-treasurer of the Bennington County Mutual Aid Fire Service. In earlier years, he had been very active in the Pownal Boy Scouts program. He previously had been coordinator of the AARP Tax Aid to Elderly, and had walked with Voltran for the American Red Cross.

He enjoyed his dogs, horses and flower gardening.

He is survived by nieces and nephews, Beverly Logan, Nancy, Thomas, and Fred Renner; great-nephews, John, Dan, David and Joe Fingler and his Godchildren, Beth Thompson Cote and Amy McLenithan and Ryan, McKayla, Aaron Blakeman and Darcie Johnson and families.

Besides his wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Richard Renner.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the All Faiths Chapel at the Vermont Veterans Home with the Rev. James Holden officiating. Interment will take place later in the spring in Oak Hill Cemetery in Pownal.

Friends may call at the All Faiths Chapel on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pownal Fire Protective Association, the Pownal Library and/or the Pownal Food Pantry through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.

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Funeral Home

E.P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
628 Main Street  Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-2516

Published in Rutland Herald from Apr. 12 to Apr. 13, 2014