Walter Ludwig Renz met his Lord on Aug. 15, 2013. Born in Punxsutawney, Penn. on Sept. 3, 1918, “Walt” was just short of his 95th birthday.
World War II veteran, first generation American, Jazz drummer, minor league baseball player, football referee, world traveler and time-keeper extraordinaire, Walt was many things in his 95 years, but, most importantly, he was a man who loved his family.
Walt attended Penn State and subsequently transferred to Southern Methodist University where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While attending SMU, he met the love of his life, Dorothy Kelly, “Dot” on a blind date. Cupid’s arrow hit its mark, and they were married New Year’s Eve 1943.
Walt proudly served his country as a lieutenant in the Pacific Theater during WWII. When the war ended, he and his sweetheart moved to Houston to work for Stearns Rodgers. Walt and Dot moved to Sweetwater in 1949 where they happily lived for the next 50 years. Throughout the 50s and 60s Walt was employed by Gulf Oil, where he worked closely with all Gulf distributors and traveled throughout the southwest, building Gulf service stations. Walt enjoyed a second career with Ludlum Instruments in the mid-70s. During his retirement, Walt and Dot traveled the world, making many memories and friends along the way. His grandchildren will always cherish the wonderful stories of their adventures.
Celebrating the legacy of his life is his family: wife, Dot Renz; son, Brian Renz and wife Kathy of Ft. Worth; daughter, Marinan Williams of Belton; grandchildren, Melissa and her husband Chad Grabowski of Prosper, Ryan Renz of Fort Worth, Emily and her husband Kenny Furr of Austin and Lana and her husband Dimitris Rousseas of Austin; and great-grandchildren, who always lit his face with a smile, Lucas and Addison Grabowski and Georgia Rousseas. We will all miss him terribly, but know that he is now in heaven keeping the angels on time.