John Renfrew


John Henry Renfrew, 81, of Ottumwa, died November 29, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.

He was born August 10, 1940 in Iowa City to Ray and Ruby Renfrew. John married Mary Ann Tullis on May 26, 1963 and they later divorced. He married Nora Baldridge Rupe on August 9, 2003 and she preceded him in death on June 23, 2019.

A graduate of Bloomfield High School, John served with the Iowa Army National Guard. He drove for Frito Lay, owned and operated his own truck for 10 years, worked for Martz Auto Sales and was a shop foreman for Grooms Construction.

In his youth, he was a member of FFA and 4-H. John was a good fabricator and a good mechanic. He built his own house, as he was a master of all trades. John enjoyed attending flea markets, auctions and the Wapello County fair.

Surviving are his children, Casey (Stacy) Renfrew of Milton, FL and Melissa (Cory) Grooms of Ottumwa; step-children, Trina Myers of Ottumwa, Tracy Rupe of Batavia and Troy Rupe of Newton; 11 grandchildren, Stephani, Steven, Jenna, Sydney, Haley, Levi, Ashley, Courtney, Jessica, Anthony and Marissa; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Twylia (Dwayne) Selix of Prattville, AL and Sandy Skinner of Ottumwa.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Alyssa Myers and brother-in-law, Dave Skinner.

Visitation will be open after 11 a.m. Thursday, December 2nd, at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, December 3rd, at Reece Funeral Home with his grandson-in-law, Pastor Tommy Wilkins officiating. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed live on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page.

Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery with military honors by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O. B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.

Memorials may be made to the Wapello County 4-H.

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