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December 2, 1932 – June 27, 2020


Elwood Alfred Rentz, 87, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2020. He was born on December 2, 1932 to Ray and Helen Rentz.

He attended Buffalo High School and enjoyed basketball. He proudly served in the United States Army participating in the Korean Conflict serving as military police.

He was joined in holy marriage to Carol Witte on August 24, 1957 at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. He was an amazing, supportive father that provided for his three children whom were raised on the family farm near Rockford. He never missed his children’s events, showing his love and support for us. One of his favorite things was fishing, which led to many family trips salmon fishing to Lake Michigan or walleye fishing on Mille Lacs. As a family, we enjoyed going to our trailer home on Lake Pulaski on the weekends as soon as he arrived home from work. There he enjoyed waterskiing, using homemade skis. Deer hunting was a yearly family tradition on the farm. He loved flying and even bought and put together and flew his own ultralight airplane. In his next life, we see him becoming a pilot and flying planes.

He spent most of his working career at Red Owl in Hopkins, working in the warehouse for 31 years. He and Mom did daycare for the three grandchildren Sam, Molly and Charlie who he treasured immensely. After retirement, he and Mom enjoyed traveling to Arizona for many years where they met up with friends from Red Owl.

He is survived by loving wife Carol; sister Delores Hanson; children Mike (Francoise), Mark (Pam), Marcy (John) Kapsner; grandchildren Sam (fiancé Callie), Molly, and Charlie; other relatives and friends.

A Private Family graveside service for Elwood Rentz will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford. Pastor Michael Barlow will officiate.


5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lisa Quady

    So sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of your dad when I was at your house when we were growing up.
    Love & Prayers to you & your family.

    Lisa & Keith Quady

  2. Janice Marschel

    Certainly thinking of all of you during these days. Sorry that I don’t have addresses for all of you. My sympathies to all and special prayers to you, Carol, as you walk this next path of life.

  3. Jeannie & Dave

    Dear Carol, Mike, Mark, Marcy and families, We would like to convey our deepest sympathy in the loss of Elwood. We remember some long ago water skiing times on Earl’s point, where Dave and Elwood would show off their skiing skills. In later years, I worked with Mark, our daughter Tracy & Marcy have remained close friends, and our grandson Eli played soccer with Charlie. All good times and good memories. God’s Blessings to your family. Dave & Jeannie Dixon

  4. Doug and Mary Quady

    Our sincere Sympathy to Carol and family for your loss.

  5. Mary Peters

    Carol & family, My sincere condolences to you and your family.


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