Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 27, 2013

Paul Rennels


Effingham Daily News

SIGEL — Paul E. Rennels, 84, of rural Sigel, formerly of rural Neoga and Brownsville, Texas, went to be with the Lord at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at his son’s residence, rural Sigel.

    As per Mr. Rennels request, the body was cremated and a memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at First Christian Church of Neoga. Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home of Neoga, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at swengel-odell.com. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Neoga, American Cancer Association or Gideon’s International.

    Paul was born Nov. 5, 1928, in Flint, Mich., the son of Raymond S. and Naida M. (Blue) Rennels. He married Marilyn J. Gilmer on Dec. 23, 1949, in Moultrie County. Paul was a retired farmer and while he was in Texas, Paul was a  partner and operator of Victory Golf Carts. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Neoga, a member of the First Church of The Valley in Brownsville, Texas, and a member of Gideon’s International.

    Paul leaves his wife of 63 years, Marilyn J. Rennels of rural Sigel; three sons, Randy Rennels of rural Sigel, Reggie Rennels and wife, Cathy, of rural Neoga and Russ Rennels and wife, Sherrie, of Effingham; one daughter, Renita Calufetti and husband, Tony, of Bella Vista, Ark.; four brothers, Max Rennels and wife, Kesorn, of Bangkok,Thailand, Dale Rennels and wife, Valentina, of Grand Junction, Colo., Scott Rennels and wife, Helen, of Roswell, N.M., and Cyril “Sig” Rennels and wife, Lenore, of Teleford, Pa.; three sisters, Barbara Roberts of Lake Wood, Calif., Sue Ballinger and husband, Jack, of Edwardsville and Gail Baumgartner and husband, Rick, of Chantilly, Va.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

    Mr. Rennels was preceded in death his parents; one infant son; one son, Rick Rennels; and one sister, Winnie Whitley.