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1953 James 2005

James D. Renz

March 21, 1953 — May 7, 2005

After a long and courageous battle for most of his life, James D. “ Jim” Renz, 52, has died.

Jim died in the Southlake Methodist Hospital, Merrillville, Ind., at 5:10 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2005.

He was born in Erie, Penn., the son of James T. and Patricia A. Howe Renz and lived in Plymouth for most of his life. He graduated from Plymouth High School with the class of 1971, and then attended Ancilla College and graduated from Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. with a degree in Psychology.

A musician, he was a drummer and played throughout his school years as well as two bands. He always had a deep love for all kinds of music and enjoyed attending various concerts.

Jim loved sports. He was a strong supporter of Plymouth athletics and came to as many games as he was able, supporting his nephews and nieces. He always helped at the annual Art Thomas Big Red Fund Raiser at the Plymouth Country Club.

A member of the Roman Catholic Church, he was also a member of the Plymouth Athletic Boosters Club and volunteered for Marshall County election board polling places.

Jim is survived by his mother, Pat Renz and by two sisters, two brothers and their spouses. His sisters are Sharon L. and Jack Samar, Woodbridge, Virginia; Robin L. and Scott Stamm, Warsaw, Ind.; Gregory A. and Mercy Renz, and Bryan H. Renz, all of Plymouth.

Twelve nieces and nephews and one great-niece also survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Renz, who died in 1997.

Friends will be welcomed by the family on Tuesday, May 10, 2005, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, Ind. and continue after 7 a.m. Wed prior to services.

Funeral services for Jim will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2005, in St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 615 N. Center St., Plymouth. The Rev. Father William Kummer will officiate at a Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will follow in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.

Memorial gifts may be made to the source of so much pride and pleasure in Jim’s life: the Plymouth High School Athletic Department.
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