W. E. Renth
1924 - 2013
Hempen Funeral Home
15 E. Hanover
New Baden, IL
W. E. Renth

W. E. Renth, 87, of New Baden, Ill., born May 2, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Faith Countryside in Highland, Ill.

Mr. Renth was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in the Pacific during World War II aboard the USS Franklin CV13. The ship was hit off the coast of Japan on March 19, 1945 and the ship ended up being towed back to the United States. Upon his return from service he attended St. Louis University and was then hired at Farmers & Merchants State Bank in New Baden as a temporary employee. He progressed to full time and finished his 60 year banking career as executive vice-president of First County Bank of New Baden. He was a graduate of New Baden High School class of 1944 and St. Louis University School of Business and Commerce. He also attended numerous financial seminars. He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in New Baden where he formerly served on the board of trustees. He was a member of the American Legion Post 321 in New Baden where he was the longtime chief financial officer, and was a former member of the New Baden Lion's Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W. F. and Amelia E., nee Trippel, Renth; two sisters, Wilma P. Renth and Arline Barrow; and a brother-in-law, G. H. Barrow.

Surviving is his sister, Betty L. Renth of New Baden, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice and will be received at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hempenfuneralhome.com

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden, Ill. The American Legion will visit the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Zion United Church of Christ in New Baden with Rev. Gretchen Sterrett officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Greenmount Cemetery in New Baden, Ill.

Published by Belleville News-Democrat on Sep. 15, 2013.
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Betty, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort you.
Dale & Paula Beard
September 16, 2013
Betty.., I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. Your family has been a great cornerstone in this town. My family has known you for almost fifty years. Betty, your brother will truly be missed. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jackie Bastian Engelman
September 15, 2013
Betty, Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Most Sincerely,
Mr. & Mrs. John Pyszka
September 15, 2013
Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. W.E. was a very special person to me all my life. Remembering the good ole days when I worked for/ with him at Bank of New Baden. He was a pillar of our community, he reached out and helped many folks in the community get a start in life. Actually he has been missed since the day of his retirement. May God give you the strength to carry on and enjoy the pleasure of beautiful memories.
Pat Richter
September 15, 2013
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