William (Bill) S. Renner (68) of Springfield, Illinois, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, August 11, just before 4 a.m. The visitation and funeral services will be held at the Springfield 1st Church of the Nazarene, 5200 S 6th Street Frontage Rd E, Springfield, IL 62703 on August 17, 2015 at 10-11:30 for visitation and 11:30 for the funeral. Internment will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery at 1 pm.
Bill was born on July 27, 1947 to William K. and Stephanie Renner in Brooklyn, NY. Bill went to high school in Panama-after finishing he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Ft. Hood, Ft. McClellan, Vietnam, Korea, and Germany for over 7 years. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant and among his many honors he received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
On November 21, 1969, Bill married the love of his life, Maralee Young, at the Eastridge Church of the Nazarene in Kankakee, IL. Bill and Maralee had two sons: Charliam and Shalom. Upon being honorably discharged from the Army, Bill took his first pastorate at the Church of the Nazarene in Orleans, IN. Bill attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs and continued to serve Nazarene Churches in Colorado, North Dakota, Indiana, and Illinois for 18 years. For an additional 19 years, Bill and Maralee served 9 congregations in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Bill loved to travel taking cruises with his wife. He enjoyed working in his flower and vegetable gardens. He adored being "Poppi" to his 5 grandchildren. He also had a prolific whale collection. His love of whales came from the line in Moby Dick which reads, "If God were a fish, He'd be a whale." He loved to laugh and share the love and grace of God. He was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, pastor and friend to many.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, John Renner. He is survived by his wife, Maralee Renner of Springfield; sons: Charliam (Lyn) Renner of Sullivan, IL, Shalom (Lisa) Renner of Metropolis, IL; grandchildren: Stephanie and Joshua Renner of Sullivan, IL; Elijah, Lucas, and Chloe Renner of Metropolis, IL; brother, Frank Renner of Pollok, TX; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.