John G. Renfro
1936 - 2020
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John G. Renfro 1936—2020
John G. Renfro, 83, of Roscoe, IL, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 in Roscoe. He was born August 22, 1936 in Holdenville, OK, the son of John A. and Enid (Muse) Renfro. John graduated from Benton High School, and went on to serve in the United States Navy. He married the love of his life, Patricia Ickes on May 21, 1960 in Chicago, IL. John worked at the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department for 30 years, achieving the rank of captain. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner, and was part of the drum and bugle corp. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, smoking meat and making candy. He was proud of his grandchildren, and attended sporting events when he could. John liked riding motorcycles, snowmobiles and was a private pilot. John was the patriarch of the family and will be missed.
John is loved by his wife, Pat; sons, Tracy (Jennifer) Renfro, and Gregory (Jennifer) Renfro; grandchildren, Matthew (Kendra) Renfro, Allison (Steve) Hess, and Brady Renfro; great-grandchildren, Emersyn, Tracy and one great-grandchild on the way; brother, Tom Renfro and several nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Ralph and Burl Renfro. A walk through visitation will be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115. A private funeral service will be livestreamed on Facebook at Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department. To share a condolence, please visit

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Published in Rockford Register Star from May 16 to May 19, 2020.
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May 25, 2020
My condolences to you, Greg. Will keep you r family in my prayers.
Dawn DiVenti
May 21, 2020
Pat,Tracy,Greg and Family. Liz and I are so very sorry we are not there to help celebrate John's life. To me John was always bigger than life and a rock after my Dad died. We have been praying that God Almighty has opened his arms and welcomed John home. We are sure he is visiting with numerous family and friends. I can actually hear him say Richard and it brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. May God Almighty be with each and everyone of you at this time. We just want you to know you will always be family to us. God Bless and grant you His Peace!
Steve & Liz Nethery
Steve & Liz Nethery
May 21, 2020
Pat,Tracy, Gregg Truly sorry to hear the news. Just talked to John last week about his fishing trips to Alaska. Will surely be missed by all. Was interviewed by John for my Job which I will never forget... Thanks for all the memories
Lampher Family
May 19, 2020
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May 18, 2020
Pat and sons: I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of John. I have very fond and fun memories of him, being both my friend
and supervisor while in the Patrol Division of the sheriff's department. He was a strong leader, and paved the way for the next 30 years I served there. It was a true pleasure to have known your family.
As I'm out of the Sate, I cannot attend the services. For that, I apologize. Take heart knowing he is still with you.......
Rest In Peace my friend
Steve Benney
May 18, 2020
Pat, so sorry to hear this. John was always a jokester and a good friend. I have many great memories with him fishing. Even though we are a long ways away now please know you are in our thoughts.
Sean and Laura Rafferty
May 18, 2020
Pat and family so sorry to hear about John, he was a great friend i first met John when he working patrol on the west side and I often joked with him about makeing his Sargent stripes chased him me on my motorcycle. Rest easy
Butch Taylor
May 18, 2020
Thank You for Your Service from A Grateful County.
w c
May 17, 2020
So sorry to hear of John's passing. I am so glad I got to see him at breakfast a few weeks ago. He was the same John . Bob, I and you both had many fun times together. I will miss him but have such good memories
Sue Fiduccia
May 17, 2020
Pat Kay Kyle and I are sending our deepest condolences. We have had many good memories of you and John over the years, even when I had to work with him
May 17, 2020
Pat I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. It was always a pleasure to see him at the bank. My deepest sympathy. Kathy Andersen
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