Bill C. Rentschler passed away on Wednesday morning, Oct. 18, 2017 at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain in Mexico, MO.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, at Arnold Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Kukuk officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Callaway Memorial Gardens in Fulton.
Visitation is Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Bill was born in Fulton, MO on Mar. 1, 1931, the son of Ernest and Addie (Gregory) Rentschler. He grew up on a farm and eventually moved to Fulton where he graduated from Fulton High School in 1949.
Mr. Rentschler married Marian J. (Dutch) Mirts on Aug. 22, 1953 in Fulton. Marian preceded him in death on Sept. 10, 1982. He is survived by a son, Chuck (Anna), of Mexico, and a daughter, Teresa (Jay) Yarbrough, of Dallas, TX. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Jordan Foy of St. Louis, Whitney (Dustin) Lewis of Springfield, Mitchell Rentschler of Mexico, and Justin Yarbrough of Dallas. Bill has three great-grandchildren, Ella and Jackson Foy and Charleigh Lewis. His very special friend of 12 years, Delores Thurston, lives in Jefferson City.
In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by one sister, Vera Mae Jimenez.
After graduating from high school, he went to work for Ovid Bell Press for seven years. Bill was an Army veteran, serving from Jan. 1953 – Jan. 1955 as a Corporal. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He was proud to have been chosen to march in Paris’ parade to celebrate their 10 year anniversary of liberation. Bill was also part of the Army Reserves. He began work as a loan officer for Tower Loan Co. and moved his family to Rolla, MO in 1957. He transferred to Mexico in 1963. Bill also worked for Citizens Savings and Fulton Savings Bank (Central Bank). Throughout the years, he also enjoyed driving cars for Pearl Motor Co.
Bill loved to go out dancing and Honky-Tonkin’. He enjoyed lunches at the Mexico Senior Center, afternoon coffee with his buddies at McDonalds, and volunteering at the Missouri Veterans Home – shooting pool and playing bingo. Bill enjoyed going to Sprint car races. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, where served as an usher for 30 years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Missouri Veterans Home, the Mexico Senior Center or the First Presbyterian Church. All may be sent in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.