Sioux Center, Iowa
November 27, 2019
William Rens, 82, of Sioux Center, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, at Sioux Center Health.
Memorial service was Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Faith Christian Reformed Church, Sioux Center, with interment in Memory Gardens.
William R. Rens was born Jan. 3, 1937, in Hull, Iowa, son of Richard and Helen (Wassink) Rens. He grew up northwest Iowa and attended different country schools as well as Western Christian High School. After leaving high school, he worked for his uncle as a carpenter. In 1959, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years then was recalled until 1962.
On Oct. 26, 1961, he married Joan Vreeman. The couple lived in Tacoma, Washington, one year while he finished his Army service then settled in Sioux Center. In 1963, he started Rens Construction. He retired in 2002.
Survivors include his wife; his children, Linda (Grant) Diekevers of Sanborn, Iowa, Robert (Rebecca) Rens of Sioux Center, Ronald (Stephanie) Rens of Sioux City, Iowa, Gwen (Kris) Marra of Sioux Center and Julie (Craig) Burhoop of McCook Lake, South Dakota; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his brother, Richard (Janet) Rens; Joan’s family; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson; his sister, Hattie Vander Plaats, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.