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Lawrence Michael Renner

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Lawrence Michael Renner "Larry" entered into heaven, on November 12, 2012 after a long struggle with heart disease. He was born to Ted and Annie Renner on the Renner Ranch in Metropolitan, November 19, 1925. Larry graduated from Fortuna High in 1943 and worked on the family ranch until entering the Army in 1945. He served in the 23rd Infantry Division until his honorable discharge in April 7, 1946. Upon returning from active duty, Larry worked in the woods for Floyd Crews until he suffered a leg injury that ended his logging career. After the accident, he was hired by George Peacock as a petroleum tank wagon salesman in Fortuna and the Eel River Valley while still on crutches. He serviced farmers, loggers and ranchers, where he established valued friendships that he always cherished. Larry married Juanita Sweet, October 17, 1948 and had four wonderful children. In December of 1960, he purchased a Union Oil Company distributorship from Bob Van Hoy in Garberville. He remained in Southern Humboldt until 1968, when a representative from the Union Oil Company approached Larry and asked him to continue his success by owning and operating the facility in Eureka. Larry formed a partnership with his son Michael in 1979. He later sold out to Michael but was an active company "employee" until his passing. Larry had affiliations or memberships in: The Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department Hook & Ladder Co., the Volunteer Fire Department in Garberville, 18 years in the Rotary Clubs of Garberville and Southwest Eureka. Larry was an Ingomar Club member since 1984, a Trustee for Southern Humboldt Unified School District, a Chamber of Commerce Director in Garberville, a member of the 20/30 club in Fortuna, a Board Member for the Garberville and Fortuna Rodeo Associations, and was awarded Redwood Region Logging Conference Lumberman of the Year in 2007. He received an Outstanding Distributor Award and a 50 Year Service Award with Union Oil Company in 1998. Larry married Ceva Lucas, September 25, 1971 and welcomed her three children into the family fold. They spent 25 years together and enjoyed many family reunions that included all seven children and their families. This wonderful tradition gave this extended family the opportunity to form close relationships. After Ceva's passing, Larry married Merryl Johnston on December 31, 1998 and welcomed her four children into his family. He was a busy man with all these children and grandchildren; but his heart was so full of love there was always plenty of time for everyone. We all feel very blessed to have had him in our lives. Larry is predeceased by his parents, his brothers Edward & Carl, his wife Ceva, in-laws Tom McWhorter, Darrell Swithenbank, and Lois Renner, and grandson Aaron Gates. He is survived by Merryl Renner wife of 13 years; his children, Diana Renner Noyes (Sid), Michael Renner (Mari Lou), Cecelia Roubidoux (Larry), Chris Renner (Sabina). Ceva's children, Kim Lucas (Barbara), Denise Christen (Ken), Dana Hunt (Dean). Merryl's children , Sue McLaughlin (Dan), Steve Johnston (Brenda), Sandra Christen (Bill), Sharon Murphy (Warren). Larry "Papa" is also survived by 29 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren; we told you he was busy. Larry is also survived by his siblings; Mary Grace Wise (Ed), Rob Renner, Bernice McWhorter, Kay Swithenbank, and sister- in- law Jane Renner. Larry will be remembered as an honorable man with a kind heart, positive attitude, and generous spirit. Visitation at Goble's Fortuna Mortuary, 560 12th Street in Fortuna will be available Thursday, November 15th from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday, November 16th from 9 am to 2 pm. Please join the family for a Rosary service on Friday, November 16th at 7 pm or a Mass on Saturday, November 17th at 9 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Fortuna. A celebration of Larry's life will be held at the Ingomar Club in Eureka at 12:00 pm, where Pastor Mike Delamarian will officiate Larry's time of remembrance. In lieu of flowers you may make a contribution in Larry's name to the Redwood Memorial Hospital Foundation or a . Arrangements are under the care of Goble's Fortuna Mortuary. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com, click on obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2012
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