Earl Joseph Rentmeester, Oct. 2, 1916 – Oct. 30, 2011, will be sadly missed by
family and many friends. He just celebrated his 95th birthday at a family
Earl is survived by his wife of 71 years, Nancy, daughters Sue
(Jack) Smid, Jayne Arndt and Patricia (Rick) Fortmann, sister Eunice Flanagan of
Lincolnshire, IL, nephews John (Julie) Flanagan, Richard (Candace) Flanagan,
nieces Sharon Cook and Lynn (Tim) Cantwell. Grandfather to John (Kelly) Smid,
Cathy (Brian) Sinkula, David (Terri) Smid, Robb (Mary) Darnell, Eric (Gerilyn)
Darnell, Bradley (Heather) Darnell, Brandon Arndt, Alyssa (Scott) Voigt, Ryan
Fortmann and Libby Rentmeester. Great-grandfather to Amber, Cory & Zach
Smid, Samantha Smid, Ali, Kaylyn & Lindsay Sinkula, Abby Darnell, Carter
& Emma Darnell, Brady Darnell and Lylah Voigt. Also survived by many
relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his son, Earl J. Rentmeester Jr.,
Earl attended St. Jerome School and graduated from
Oconomowoc HS. He proudly served in the US Army during WWII and was stationed at
Fort Bliss, TX. He was also a member of the American Legion. He worked at Lyke's
Furniture Store and owned Town Square Carpet and Furniture in Oconomowoc. He was
involved in many community activities, was president of the Retail Merchants
Association and was involved in bringing Maxwell Street Days to Oconomowoc.
served as secretary for Oconomowoc Rotary for many years, member of the Knights
of Columbus and was instrumental in starting the Home and School Association at
St. Jerome. He was also a Boy Scout Cub Master, earning the Silver Beaver Award.
In retirement, he started the Senior Men's Sunrise Golf League and enjoyed
woodworking and crafts.
The family wishes to give heartfelt thanks to the
Allay Hospice nurses and all those who gave him loving care at Lake Country
Health and Rehabilitation Center in Summit.
A memorial service for Earl will
be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011, 11 AM, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995
S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. Visitation for family and friends will take
place from 10 AM until the time of service. Inurnment to follow at St. Jerome