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William Rentmeister

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[May 07, 2014]  CHESTNUT --  William Rentmeister , 81, passed away at 12:40 a.m. on May 4, 2014 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.  Services are pending at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt Pulaski.

Visitation: Thursday, 12:00-2:00 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home

Service: 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski .

Funeral home: Fricke-Calvert-Schrader, Mt. Pulaski


William A. Rentmeister Sr., 81, of Chestnut, passed away at 12:40 a.m. Sunday May 4, 2014 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

William was born January 8, 1933 in Sangamon County, son of Kenneth and Lois Gaul Rentmeister.  He graduated from Mount Pulaski High School in 1951.  He served in the U.S. Army for 16 months in Korea from February 9, 1953 to December 9, 1954.  He farmed and worked at Allis-Chalmers in Springfield until its closing in 1985.  He was affiliated with the USDA for 40 years as a field reporter.  William has been a member of the Mount Pulaski American Legion Post #447 for 59 years and has served as post commander.  He is also a member of the Mt. Pulaski VFW Post #777 as well as a member of the Chestnut Menís Club and Clinton Elks.

William married Linda Armstrong on June 18, 1955 in the Chestnut United Methodist Church.  He is survived by his wife Linda, son William A. Rentmeister Jr. of Chestnut, daughter, Susan Thorson of Streator, granddaughter Shelbi Rentmeister of Clinton, grandsons Joel Thorson of Bowling Green, KY, Adam and Erik Thorson of Streator, granddaughter Anna Thorson of Streator, step-granddaughter Brittiany Thompson of Kenney, step great granddaughters, Sierra and Kinzey Sickles of Kenney, brother Gary Rentmeister of Citrus Heights, CA, and sister Doris Fehring of Sacrameto, CA.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Vivian Nowick.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday May 8, 2014 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski with Rev. Rachel Stockle officiating.  Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 p.m. prior to services.  Burial will follow at Steenbergen Cemetery, Mount Pulaski where full military rites will be accorded.  Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post #447, Memorial Home Hospice or to the Chestnut United Methodist Church.  

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