James L. Renner

July 15, 1936 ‒ September 24, 2017

Columbus, Ohio

James L. Renner, 81, of Columbus passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Saint Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

Born July 15, 1936 in Ashland he was the son of Robert and Barbara Renner.

Jim Renner started his career in Corrections in 1990 at the Ohio State Reformatory. From there he went to Lorain Correctional Institution and North Central Correctional Institution working his way up to the rank of Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain and was the first Administrative Captain for the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown. From there he went to Richland Correctional and was a captain there for over ten years. He retired from the Ohio department of Rehabilitation and Corrections in 2010 as a well-respected Corrections Professional. Jim was a man who enjoyed the simple things in life; a good meal with good company, being a diehard Cleveland sports fan and overall a man with a big heart. He had a smile that could instantly brighten your day. Jim was a selfless person in many respects and would give the shirt off his back to someone in need. He will be missed by his loved ones but will live on in the good memories in our hearts. Jim was a man who feared nothing and he is now at peace with his loved ones in heaven.

He is survived by children Debbie Kraus of Columbus, Stacey Renner of Ontario, Cindy Renner of Columbus, Jodie Renner of Fort Worth, Texas, Jeff Renner of Galion, Aaron Renner of Galion and Daniel Renner of Mansfield; eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers Jerry Renner and Joel Renner and sisters Joanne Virgili and Barbara Newberry.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, September 28 with Rev. Paul Walter officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Jim Renner, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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  • Stacey, Cindy & Jodie- My deepest sympathy to you all. So sorry for your loss. Your all in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Jeff and the entire Renner family, Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  • To the 3 original Renner girls:We know life growing up was not easy..with both our Dads being truck drivers..but I know for sure my Dad is very happy to have his best friend up in heaven with him. It was a 33 year wait..Have a good time up there Jim. The Great kabukie.. The family of Ben (Gene) Plew

  • To my family…..we have lost another dear elder of the “Renner Clan”. Bringing to a close, the oldest generation of this family that any of us will have ever known or remember. I am deeply saddened by the loss of “Uncle Jim” and he will be sorely missed by this family and so many friends. Heaven has now got a Captain to keep an eye on the other’s! May you rest in peace Jim. I encourage the next generation, of which I am blessed to be a part of, to take time to love and care for each other. Just as we were taught by our parents, it is now our turn to teach our children these values and life lessons, keeping the Renner legacy alive and well.
    Love and miss you all: Jim, Jerry (dad), Joel, Barbara & Joanne

    Steve & Denise Renner with Jillian, Amanda & Gregory

  • My sincere condolences to the entire Renner family. Stacey, Cindy, and Jodie my heart goes out to all of you.