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Danny Rench

July 11, 1945 ~ March 14, 2020 (age 74)


Danny L. Rench, age 74, of Milbank, SD, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 14, 2020.

A memorial Mass to celebrate Danny's life will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank, SD, at a later date. A private family gathering was held on March 18, 2020, at Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City, IA. Inurnment was in St. Lawrence Cemetery in Milbank.

Danny L. Rench was born on July 11, 1945, to DeLoss “Choppy” and Melvina (Knox) Rench in Sac City, IA. Danny attended Sac City schools. After high school, he worked for Wunder Tire in Storm Lake before starting at Nobles Manufacturing. After its closing, he worked several years at Proliant in Lytton, IA, followed by Farmer’s Coop in Lytton as a feed truck driver until his retirement.  Danny was a proud member of the Lytton Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years. 

Danny was united in marriage to Pat (Pitts) on December 1, 1973, and they were blessed with one daughter, Dena. After retirement, Danny and Pat moved to Milbank, SD, to be closer to their grandchildren, although Danny liked returning to Iowa to visit his family and friends. 

Danny was an avid card player and especially enjoyed playing Cribbage. Some of his favorite pastimes included watching Western shows and spending time with his three granddaughters.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Pat of Milbank, SD; daughter, Dena (Mark) Van Lith of Milbank, SD; granddaughters: Mia, Marnie, and Macie Van Lith; siblings: Jane Bennett of Sac City, IA; Jerry (Linda) Rench of Palestine, TX; Tom (Jen) Rench of LaVista, NE; Kathy Martin of Sac City, IA; Marilyn Geery of Sac City, IA; and Donnie (Joni) Rench of Norwalk, IA; sisters-in-law: Marilyn Rench of Thorton, CO; and Barb Rench of Sac City, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Danny was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: DeLoss and William “Bill” Rench; and nephew, Jacob Rench.

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