Jack L. Renken, 73, Plover, a retired insulation company founder, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his home while under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice. He had a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
A celebration of life service will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 2, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Plover, with Pastor Dave Ficken officiating.
Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and again from 10:30 a.m. Saturday until the service.
A memorial will be established for St. Paul Lutheran School in Stevens Point.
Shuda Funeral Homes in Stevens Point and Plover assisted with arrangements. Condolences may offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Renken was born June 18, 1941, in Lincoln, Neb., a son of the late Fred and Tena (Johnson) Renken. He grew up in Le Mars, Iowa, where he attended elementary and secondary schools.
He earned an undergraduate degree in 1964 from Westmar College after studying his first two years at South Dakota University.
He earned a master’s degree in physical education from Northeast Missouri College.
He held head coaching positions in football and track in Sioux City, Iowa, Eatherville, Iowa, and Northeast Missouri State College, before moving to Stevens Point.
In 1971, he was named the freshman football coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). While at UWSP, he became an assistant football coach and track coach until 1975, when he was named the head football coach at Mayville State College in North Dakota. He returned to the UWSP coaching staff in 1978, and concluded his Pointer coaching career in 1984.
He started Renken Energy Products, a self-owned company in 1979. The company grew to become Renken Insulation Company, which he owned and operated until 2012.
He continued coaching with his three children at YMCA programs, Plover baseball and St. Peter Middle School.
He was a charter member of the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and a member of the Stevens Point Elks Club.
He was married to Debra Camp Aug. 17, 1974 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Scott Renken, Stevens Point, and Tim (Jill) Renken, Plover; one daughter, Anne (Guy) Barber, Plover; one brother, Keith (Joan) Renken, Arcadia, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Catherine Renken, Potomic Falls, Va.; and six grandchildren, Jaide, Jessica, Jackson, Jenna Rae, Graham and Jonah.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Randall.