Grover W. Renno, 90, of Hughesville, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at Boone Hospital in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home in Sedalia. Rev. Anthony Chapman will officiate. Pallbearers will be David Smith, Kelly Smith, G.L. Ream, Logan Sampson, William Sampson and Lloyd Shireman. Honorary pallbearers will be JoAnn Bean, Mary Anderson, Wanda Wiskur, Bob Wiskur and Emma Swopes. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the funeral home. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Hughesville Baptist Church or the American Heart Association.
Born Aug. 20, 1914, in Saline County, he was the son of the late Grover Cleveland and Emma Zue Rennison Renno. On Oct. 29, 1936, in Sedalia, he married Ellen DeLores Sterling, who preceded him in death May 29, 1999. He was a member of Hughesville Baptist Church, where he had served on the Board of Trustees. He had also been the Sunday school superintendent at Walnut Branch Baptist Church. After Walnut Branch burned down, he assisted in the starting of Prairie View Baptist Church in Green Ridge. He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps for several years before working for Missouri Pacific Railroad. He worked as a section foreman for 39 1/2 years before retiring in 1974. He also owned and operated a family farm in rural Hughesville.
Survivors include one son, Joseph "J.W." Renno of Hughesville; four daughters, Charlotte E. Boone of Hughesville, DeLores Bowlin of Hughesville, Virginia Lee Blackerby of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Patricia Ann Knight of Torrington, Conn.; one sister, Mary L. Barnett of Topeka, Kan.; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded by two sisters, Virginia Carter and Edith Taylor.