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Obituary for Norman H. Renk

Norman Herman Renk, 87, of New Albin, Iowa, passed away January 5, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born May 4,1930, in Union City Township, Allamakee County, to Herman and Martha (Welper) Renk. On August 3,1957, he married Annie Louise Oesterle at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia, Minnesota. They lived their 55 years of married life in New Albin, Iowa. Norman served in the Korean War from November 1951 to 1953 as a heavy machine operator building roads and air strips. After returning from the military he worked for many years at different construction companies building roads. He finished his working years at Crown Cork and Seal in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is survived by his children, Jean Dow (Randy Boylan) of Bangor, Dean (Lisa) Renk of Holmen, David Renk of New Albin, Iowa, and Karen Renk (Brian Kreibich ) of Onalaska; granddaughter, Lexi Renk of LaCrosse; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Thillen of Caledonia, Alys Oesterle of Sparta, Linda (Joel) Dow of Bangor, Sandy Oesterle of Milwaukee, Ginnie Oesterle of Caledonia; and brothers-in-law, Alvin (Dorothy) Oesterle of Rockland, Harold (Lori) Oesterle of Sparta, La Vern (Bobbie) Oesterle of La Crescent, and Wayne Oesterle of Norwalk. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; granddaughter, Hallie; brother, Jerome Renk; son-in-law, Darrell Dow; his parents; brothers-in-law, Kenny Oesterle, Robert Oesterle, Valerie Thillen, and Vernon Lund; sisters-in-law, Helen Lund and Peggy Oesterle; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alvin and Nellie. Norman was a quiet man who enjoyed working on his farm equipment and various chores on his farm. He and Louise enjoyed going to Concordia Ballroom in La Crosse kicking up their heels with Louise's parents and many siblings; the two-step and waltz being his favorites. He was quite honest when you asked him if he liked a various food item, not afraid to tell you no or not really. Jean beat Karen out in the pumpkin pie taste test when they both brought it for a holiday. He had a great smile and numerous people commented on it. He also took pride in his appearance and often told us that his weight was the same in his later years as it was when he younger.He will be missed by all who knew him and will be kept in our hearts forever. Funeral services will be at 12 noon, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia. Burial with military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Caledonia Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.