US Navy
Official Obituary of

Robert James Renken

November 27, 1941 ~ February 16, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Robert Renken Obituary

Robert James Renken, or “Bob” and “Buffalo” to those closest to him, passed
away at home in Bulverde, Texas on February 16, 2023 after 81 adventurous

Bob is preceded in death by his parents Martha Fillinger Renken and
Ferdinand William Renken and his sisters Agnes Marie (Booti) Kuentz,
Margaret Ann (Sis) Bailey and Francis Virginia Hankins. He is survived by his
wife of 26 years, Teresa Byrd Renken and his children; Rocky James Renken,
and Rocky’s spouse Delight Renken, his daughter, Tammy Lynn Cox, and
Tammy’s spouse Brad Cox; two grandsons, Vaughan Scott Cox and Ferris
James Cox; his brothers William “Billy” Edward Renken and his wife Penny
Renken, and David Ferdinand Renken; his stepson Martin Gabriel Chavez;
and many nieces and nephews.

Bob grew up in San Antonio and attended many Catholic schools that didn’t
suit his rambunctious attitude, but he eventually found a school that could
keep him in check and finished his public education at Edison High School.

Bob served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1964. He liked to tell
about when he was being baptized as Pearl Harbor was getting bombed,
everyone assumed that is why he served in the Navy. The real story is much
more interesting and fitting for Bob’s bold life. His Pop would say the Navy
was probably the best fit for a kid like Bob since he loved a challenge and a bit
of trouble when he thought he could get away with it. So when a SAPD officer
brought him home from a car incident, his Pop said, “Lock him up to teach him
a lesson Sir and when he gets out he will be signing up with the Navy!”

During his service in the Navy he traveled around the world, and even found

an assignment that let him serve with his Brother Dave in Hawaii. After he
served his country he resettled back in San Antonio where he began his
life-long career as a journeyman electrician, and was a member of IBEW local

Bob loved anything on wheels. To buy, sell or trade was his passion. Those
that knew Bob know he didn’t just collect cars; he was a “collector” of many
things. He leaves behind many treasures for his family to tell stories around.

Bob loved laughing and telling jokes. His infectious laugh and endless story
telling will be missed forever but held in our hearts for a lifetime of memories.
His sense of humor was his biggest and best trait, and wherever Bob went he
became the life of the party. We believe he achieved everything he wished to
do in his lifetime; he lived every day doing exactly what he chose to do and for
that we have peace.

Everyone wants to say thank you Bob, Buffalo, PePa for just being you and
showing us what it's like to live life BIG!

Burial to be held at Ft. Sam, shell # 3, March 7th 2023 at 10:30 am. Per
request visitors are asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes early.

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