Lambert G. Renneberg, 88, a longtime Menahga area resident and businessman, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids with his wife and sons at his side.
He was born Sept. 12, 1920, to Gerhard and Catherine (Green) Renneberg at Cudworth, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he attended school. As a young man, Lambert joined the Canadian Army where he was part of the Signal Corps. He proudly served in the allied forces during World War II and was part of the heroic D-Day invasion. Following his discharge from the Army he ventured to Iowa where he engaged in farming. It was there that he met Agnes Flick, and they were married on June 19, 1946, at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, Iowa. They had three sons: Jeff, Greg and Wes. They farmed in Ionia for 10 years. In 1957, they ventured to Menahga, where they owned and operated the Twin Lakes Lodge for a number of years. In 1962, he started a moving business and later discovered his calling, working with lumber as manager for the Minnesota Forest Products. This experience led him to fulfill his lifelong dream of operating his own business with his sons, which is now known as Renneberg Hardwoods. He was dedicated to his faith and his church, The Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga. He served as a church council member and used his musical talents in the choir where he had formerly served as its choir director. He was a founding member of the Menahga Development Association, a former Menahga School board member, and was a member of the American Legion and the Twin Lakes Association. He was an avid fisherman when time allowed. In his retirement, he enjoyed working around his house and yard. His garden was his pride and joy. Above all, he devoted his life to his wife, his sons and his grandchildren who he loved with all his heart.
A funeral service was held July 25 at The Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga with the Rev. Donald Wagner officiating. Active casketbearers were Jeffrey Renneberg, Greg Renneberg, Wes Renneberg, Keith Renneberg, Jeff Reinhart and Jack Bloomquist. Honorary casketbearers were Tim Clisch, Wade Van Keulen, Arlen Kangas, Calvin Craker, Chuck Braunschweig, Martin Olson, and the members of the Menahga Development Corp. Military honors provided by the Guy L. McDermeit VFW Post 6206 of Menahga. Interment is in the Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Cemetery in Menahga.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years, Agnes of Menahga; his sons, Jeff (Phyllis) of Menahga, Greg (Joyce) of Reedsburg, Wis., and Wes (Lenora) of Menahga; eight beloved grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two sisters, Muriel (Wilfred) Welter of Edmonton, Alberta, and Irene Classen of Lloydminster, Sask.; three brothers, Oscar (Dorothy) Renneberg of Cudworth, Sask., Ray (Stella) Renneberg of Kamloops, British Columbia, and Wally (Angela) Renneberg of Thorsby, Alberta; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roman and Don; and three sisters, Leona, Frances and Rita.