Harlan Renwanz

Harlan Carl Renwanz, 79, of rural Scranton died October 8, 2015 at his home.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday October 12, 2015 at Hastings Funeral Home in Jefferson. Words of comfort were given by Pastor Robert McKnight, Church of Christ Scranton. Casket bearers were his grandchildren Lauren Elizabeth King Bardole and her husband Schyler; Tori Elizabeth Renwanz Gettler and her husband Alex; Cody William Renwanz and his fiancée Leah Destival; Blake William Renwanz; Taylor James King; and nephew Vic Renwanz. Honary Bearers were Randy Hedges; Richard and Lenore Fielder; Donna Buswell; Tom Walker;Mona Sukovaty; Marlene Smouse; and Mildred Skalla. The eulogy was given by his daughter Karla King. Music was provided by pianist Danille Curtis, and soloist Larry Dowd. Music selections were In the Garden, The Old Rugged Cross and Beyond the Sunset. Interment was at Willow Township Cemetery in rural Scranton. Lunch was provided by the ladies of the United Methodist Church.   Memorials may be sent to the Hastings Funeral Home in Jefferson.      

Harlan Carl Renwanz, son of William Carl Renwanz and Della Louella Oehlerking Renwanz, was born June 30, 1936 in Greenwood, Nebraska and attended school in Greenwood.  His family moved to a farm near Scranton where he attended school, graduating from Scranton Consolidated School. Harlan was united in marriage with Kay Lavena Hastings on August 19, 1956 at the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson.  They were blessed with two children, Karla Kay and William Harlan. The couple farmed one year on the farm where they now live.  Harlan and Kay moved to Omaha where Harlan worked for 17 ½ years as Maintenance Carpenter for the Omaha Housing Authority.  The family moved back to Scranton in 1975, where they have farmed with their son Bill and now with the addition of grandsons Cody and Blake. Harlan helped coach Bill’s Cub Scout baseball team and was in charge of their Pine Wood Derby.  He adored his family and didn’t miss a chance to attend his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.  His great grandchildren gave him so much joy.  Even when not feeling well, he could be found on the floor, playing with them. Harlan gave it his supreme effort to attend his granddaughter Lauren’s marriage to Schyler Bardole, just 2 ½ weeks ago.  Harlan was much loved by his extended family as well.  Harlan planted several huge gardens each year and enjoyed sharing the abundant produce with others.  He was an astute card player, often playing cards with Kay and friends well into the night. Harlan’s love of the casino was not a secret and he excelled there, too.  He was a member of the Farm Bureau, Soybean Association, and West Central Cooperative. Harlan served on the Scranton Farmers’ Cooperative Board and when they unified, he served on the West Central Cooperative Board.  

Harlan is survived by his devoted wife Kay of Scranton; daughter Karla King of Churdan; son Bill Renwanz and his wife Terri of Jefferson; grandchildren Lauren Elizabeth King Bardole and her husband Schyler of Churdan; Tori Elizabeth Renwanz Gettler and her husband Alex of Jefferson; Cody William Renwanz and his fiancée Leah Destival of Jefferson; Blake William Renwanz of Jefferson; Taylor James King of Prole; great grandchildren Alaina Elizabeth Gettler and Brady Michael Gettler;  mother-in-law Margaret Hastings Conroy of  Jefferson;  brothers-in-law Ken Hastings and wife Pat of Jefferson; Chuck Hastings and wife Dina of Jefferson; Jerry Allen and wife Lari of Lynn Haven, Florida; Cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends including his special friends Marge Wooters and Clarence and June Bierstedt.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Wayne King; brother Lee Renwanz and wife Lorraine; sister Ruby Sartin and husband Lawrence; nephews Timothy Renwanz and Chuck Scott Hastings; great nephew Alex Mundt; Aunt Esther Jardine and her husband Earl; sisters-in-law Ruth Hastings Allen; Charlene Hastings Easley and her husband Don; fathers-in-law Charles Almon Hastings and Harold James Conroy.

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