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MR. JIM RENO, age 79 of Kerrville, TX passed away Saturday, November 1, 2008 at his residence. He was born on March 14, 1929 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Raymond Reno and Mary Ann McAlinden Reno. He had been a Kerrville resident for 27 year, formerly residing in Simonton, TX. Jim was a well known sculptor and cutting horse trainer/exhibitor. He is recognized world-wide as one of the foremost sculptors of horses and horsemen. His larger than life-size bronze of Secretariat greets visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and his bronze of Dash for Cash graces the entrance to the American Quarter Horse Association Museum in Amarillo. In addition, his work is in the collection of many individuals, museums and businesses around the world. He was a graduate of the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis where he was awarded a five year scholarship. He moved to Houston after completing his schooling and began riding and training cutting horses. His first winner was Madida, an Arabian mare who was named Horse of the Year in the Gulf Coast Cutting Horse Association; Sab, a half-Arabian mare, was his next winner. He has been featured in numerous magazines for both his sculpture and cutting horses. Jim was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville and was a past president of the National Cutting Horse Assn, serving 7 years in that office. He was a member of the Executive Board of NCHA for 21 years and was a NCHA Hall of Fame member. He married Mary Jo Schrock on May 2, 1974 in Simonton, TX. She survives along with a daughter, Kathy Boone (Dan) of West Columbia, TX; five sons, Jimmy Reno (Carmen) of Kerrville, Johnny Reno (Amy) of The Woodlands, TX, Charlie Coon (Caryn) of Indianapolis, IN, Mike Coon of Kerrville & Scotty Eisaman (Tami) of Crystal River, FL; eight grandchildren, Kelly Reina, Jill Smetek, Jodie Cerny, Travis Reno, Tyler Reno, Kendall Coon, Cyndi Coon & Marty Boone and five great grandchildren, Bailey Reina, Rylee Reina, Chance Cerny, Cassie Cerny and Julie Smetek. Funeral services for Mr. Reno will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville with Rev. John Wurster officiating. Interment will follow in Glen Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapels. Pallbearers will be Mike Wells, Dennis Funderburgh, Dick Gaines, Bobby Schmerbeck, Dan Neuenschwander, Paul Crumpler, Jon White and Freddie McGee. Memorial remembrances may be made to Horsemen for Christ, P.O. Box 728, Archer City, TX 76351 or the charity of one's choice The family invites you to send condolences to www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send Condolences" link. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to GRIMES FUNERAL CHAPELS OF KERRVILLE.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 3, 2008
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