Richard L. Renner ’56

Richard Lee Renner, 82, of 510 East Water St., Smethport, passed away Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at his residence.

Born in Bainbridge, N.Y., on Aug. 8, 1935, he was a son of the late Allen and Dorothy Dick Renner.

Mr. Renner was a 1953 graduate of Manlius High School and Maine Maritime Academy. He attended Lynchburg College, Nuclear Ship Savannah Program and graduated in 1959. He then attended the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received a degree in nuclear engineering in 1960. He later attended Harvard University and received a degree in business administration in 1978.

From 1964 to 1966 he was employed at General Electric, 1966 to 1969 at Upjohn as a plant engineer, from 1969 to 1972 as a plant manager at Agway in Olean, N.Y. Richard then moved to Saudi Arabia in 1972, and worked for the Arabian American Oil Company as superintendent of offshore operations. In 1987, Richard became self-employed and engaged in transportation, real estate and construction in Filadelfia, Paraguay, South America.

He is survived by his wife, Francisca Fleitas Renner of Filadelfia, Paraguay; three daughters, Sandra (Jeff) Keppel of Smethport, Mary (James) Murphy of Glens Falls, N.Y., and Lorena Renner of Filadelfia, Paraguay; two sons, Scott (Stacy) Renner of Syracuse, N.Y., and Dan (Sarah) Renner of Fulton, N.Y.; two brothers, Robert Renner of Cedar Key, Fla., and David (Mary) Renner of Costa Mesa, Calif.; his former wife, Barbara Besaw Johnston of Glens Falls, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, John Renner, and one brother, Theodore Renner.

Family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 Friday, Oct. 13 in the meeting room of the Hamlin Memorial Public Library in Smethport, where a prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Hamlin Memorial Library, 123 S Mechanic Street, Smethport, PA 16749.
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