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Robert "Bob" Di Renzo

Neenah - Farewell to the "chairman of the board," Robert "Bob Di Renzo.

Robert "Bob" Di Renzo of Neenah, a consummate gentleman and businessman who was an adviser or silent partner for many Fox Valley enterprises, died June 10 at the age of 93.

Bob's accomplishments were numerous and varied. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a certified public accountant. In 1953, Bob and Jerry Bomier founded the law firm Di Renzo and Bomier. That same year Bob was a founder of the Di Renzo, Simonis and Miller accounting firm, creating one of the first lawyer/CPA firms in the country.

Bob firmly believed in giving back to the community he loved. He was vice president of the Junior Commerce, a charter member and president of the Neenah Optimist Club, and vice president of the Winnebago Association for Mental Health. His civic work led to his being named the Jaycee's Man of the Year in 1960.

Bob also was a founder of Future Neenah, dedicated to promoting area events, projects and business resources.

Bob channeled his love of sports into the Fox Cities Baseball Club, for which he was a director and legal officer. In his personal time, Bob played golf and tennis and actively pursued racquetball until the age of 85. He enjoyed reading, playing the piano and entertaining friends at his beloved home of 50 years on the shores of Lake Winnebago. Bob also loved dogs, from his first pooch Tiny to all the other little "yippy skippies" the family had around the house.

In addition, Bob was a 60-year member of the North Shore Country Club.

Bob was just 19 when he became a B17 pilot in World War II. He served his country again, as a fighter pilot during the Korean conflict. He was also a major in the Air National Guard and legal officer for the air wing, flying out of the Air National Guard unit in Madison for 25 years. At one time, Bob was selected to represent the Air Force on a NATO tour of Europe. He retired from the military with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Despite his achievements, Bob remained humble about his war record and service, sharing details infrequently, and with only a select few.

Bob's fist wife, Patricia Page, from Baraboo, preceded him in death. Together they had three children: Diane Hassan of Boston; Laurie Di Renzo and her sons, Charles Di Renze and Max Prange of Neenah; and Steve Di Renzo, who, with his wife, Sara, have Nick (Baely), Maggie, and Page. He is also survived by his best friend and second wife, Cheri Van Akkeren, from Sheboygan and Oshkosh; his stepson, Dr. Thaddeus Blanchette of Rio De Janeiro; and Thad's wife, Dr. Ana Paulo Silva, of Rio.

Friends would fondly refer to "going around the world with Bob," which meant sharing cocktails and camaraderie. In keeping with Bob's exuberant personality, a cocktail party will be held for friends, family and coworkers at a later date to be announced. Services will be held privately, as wished.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Neenah Animal Shelter in Bob's name.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on June 12, 2018
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