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Keith E. Rentsman, age 77, of Sidney, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at his home. The son of Henry & Bernice (Tissue) Rentsman, he was born at home in Spencer Township on May 3, 1936.

Following high school, he proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1960 until 1966 and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He had received many medals including Good Conduct, National Defense Service, and Rifle sharpshooter.

Keith worked many jobs and had many occupations over the years, including many years as a heavy equipment operator with Russ Mach Excavating in Gowen. At the time of his passing he was employed at Huntington Foam, where he had worked for the past 17 years and was their most Senior Employee. A dedicated employee, he could never decide when to retire because he enjoyed what he did there and he never felt too old to quit. Year after year, he considered the possibility of retirement, but he could never bring himself to make this jump and continued on, always praising God for another year.

Keith was quick to enter into a conversation with anyone with his jokes, smile, and faith. But Keith's greatest passion was God. Keith looked to God for his approval and lived his life telling whoever he met about how they could know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Whenever Keith was not at work or church, he was in some store in Greenville sharing with whoever he met how they could know for sure that they would spend eternity in heaven. Keith's life mission was to share the story of Jesus' death, burial, resurrection and the difference that could make in a life. There was no bigger purpose for Keith than this. His life was changed by God and he wanted the same for everyone he met. Keith did not hold onto his earthly possessions tightly, but he lived with his hands open to God and gave away what he earned to support many causes. Amongst the many things that he supported, was his support to his Church, many Missions and Missionaries, Charitable Organizations, and Christian Radio. Every Sunday afternoon, Keith ministered to and visited with the residents of Greenville Acres. He looked forward to spending time there and was faithful to do so, rain or shine. Their lives were a big part of his life and he considered them one of his mission fields.

Keith lived loudly this verse, "Don't you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body." And if Keith was here today, he would want to make sure that you knew how Jesus could make this difference for you too.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Duane Rentsman, and Merrill "Merl" Rentsman.

Surviving are a sister, Carol Van'tHof of Gowen; a sister-in-law, Anna M. Rentsman of Gowen; a niece, Tracy Linder of Gowen; a great-niece, Jennifer & Nate Henry; and two great-great nephews, Hayden & Cason Henry, all of Highlands, Texas; his church family at Gowen Bible Church; and many dear friends and co-workers.

Visitation is from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Rev. Zachary Nyhuis, pastor of the Gowen Bible Church, will officiate and military honors, rendered by the U.S. Army, will conclude the ceremonies. Burial will take place in the spring at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Keith's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:




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  1. Anonymous on March 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Posted by: Marlene Engel VandserMolen

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Keith, When we graduated in 1954 Keith and I walked down the aisle together to take our seats.

    Posted by: Kat Codling

    I’m going to miss our little joke about the salad that you cooked for me. Thank you for bringing smiles every day. Love you and miss you here at Huntington Foam. Take care until we meet again, Friend. Good bye for now. ~Kat Codling

    Posted by: Joe & Debbie Dyer
    Keith I have known you all my life and you will be sadly missed. I will miss seeing your smile at Meijer. Rest in peace.

    Posted by: Gowen Bible Church
    We will miss you Keith Rentsman! You were loved so much by all of us . Thank you for being faithful and for being a huge testimony. Your life reflected God well—We are so glad that we got to do life with you…We look forward to seeing you again when we join you in heaven someday!

    Posted by: Dianne (Kessel) Teunis
    I know you are finally at peace and truly happy now. We have shared many many happy memories together, Rest in Peace Your friend Dianne

    Posted by: Shannon DeBoer
    You were one of the hardest workers here at Huntington Foam. It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to work with you, have you pray for me and my family and as you would always tell me, be your “Best secretary ever!”


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