Wilbur R. Renskers
Wilbur R. Renskers, 100, of Mohawk Street, Clymer, N.Y., died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at the Corry Manor.
He was born April 9, 1917, in Clymer, N,Y., a son of the late George Raymond and Mary Fardink Renskers.
Wilbur was raised and educated in Clymer and graduated from Clymer High School in 1935. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 and served as an infantry replacement in the 288th Combat Engineer Battalion, 9th Army in Central Europe and Rhineland Campaigns. Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, Wilbur returned to Clymer and worked for Raymond Manufacturing until 1949. He then started working for the U.S. Postal Service, first as a clerk and then as a rural carrier in 1967 until his retirement in 1980.
He was a 70-year member of the American Legion and of the Olive Lodge 575 F&AM. He was also an 82-year member of Clymer United Methodist Church, having sung in the choir for 75 years from age 15 to 90.
Besides his family, Wilbur loved cars, having owned 88 of them in his lifetime. His 1973 Buick Riviera Boattail was his favorite — and this was a man who, when he was young, was so mad at his dad for trading their beautiful horse for a car… “who would want that hunk of tin? “
Wilbur was fun-loving, soft spoken and known for his original poems (he called himself “the Clymer Rhymer”). He will be greatly missed by family and friends. He loved having coffee in the mornings and suppers at night at the Dutch Village Restaurant in Clymer. Wilbur’s favorite saying was “everything is just so different.”
In addition to his parents, Wilbur was preceded in death on Dec. 15, 2008, by his wife, Roberta Thompson Renskers, whom he married May 11, 1940, in Clymer, N.Y.; his stepmother, Christina Renskers; stepsister, Krena Renskers Fisher; son-in- law, Larry Rhebergen; and brothers-in-law: Richard Fisher and Ralph and Gail Thomspon.
Wilbur is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Rhebergen of Clymer, N.Y.; a grandson, Brent Rhebergen and his wife, Annette; a great-grandson, Jarrett; three great-granddaughters: Samantha, Allison and Riley; and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call at the Clymer United Methodist Church, 565 Clymer Sherman Road, Clymer, NY., on Tuesday from 6-8 pm., and attend the funeral service there on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. John Rough will officiate. Burial will be in Holland
Memorials made be made to Clymer United Methodist Church General Fund, 565 Clymer Sherman Road, Clymer, NY. 14724, or the Clymer Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 31, Clymer, NY. 14724.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Bracken Funeral Home Inc., 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa.
To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.