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Leslie Henry (Les) Renck passed away November 27, 2007 at home in Overland Park, Kansas. Les was born in Long Beach, California on August 27, 1938 to Charles Henry and Patricia Leslie (Schulze) Renck.
In 1960, Les received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo. He was then employed by Honeywell, Inc. in Gardena, California. In 1961, he was called up to serve in the United States Army and was stationed at the Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.
Les married Paula Catherine Isaacs in 1962. After his discharge from the Army the following year, they moved back to Southern California, where Les resumed his work with Honeywell. In 1969, Les went into business for himself, owning and operating Thermatrol, Inc. for three years. His daughter, Lisa, and son, Greg, were born during this period.
Les began working for Johns Manville Corp. in Willows, California as the plant engineer in 1973. He was employed by Johns Manville until his retirement in 1996. During these years, he worked in the Penbyrn facility in New Jersey as production manager, in the McPherson, Kansas plant as plant manager, and at the company headquarters in Denver, Colorado as Director of Manufacturing of the Building Insulation Division.
Les and Paula retired to Prescott, Arizona in 1997. During the past ten years he has been active in SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) as a counselor and as director. He served on the board of Yavapai Exceptional Industries, which provides job training, employment, volunteer placements, and support services for developmentally disabled adults in Yavapai County, Arizona.
In September of this year, Les and Paula moved to Overland Park, Kansas to be near their children and grandchildren.
Les is survived by Paula, his wife of 45 years, son Greg Renck of Lawrence, Kansas, daughter Lisa Renck Baldwin and her husband Jason and their children Silas and Sage of Olathe, Kansas, his mother Patricia Renck of Fullerton, California, and sisters Sharon Pearson of Ulysses, Kansas and Marcia Renck of Livermore, California.
Memorials can be made to:
American Cancer Society, P O Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 www.cancer.org
Yavapai Exceptional Industries, 436 N Washington Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301 www.yeiworks.com
PKD Foundation (Polycystic Kidney Disease,) 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 400, Kansas City, MO, 64114 www.pkdcure.org. (Les?s infant granddaughter Sage Catherine Baldwin, was born October 24, 2007 with a rare type of this genetic disorder.)