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William Rinne Wenz
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Obituary for William Rinne Wenz

William Rinne Wenz
1924-2017

William Rinne Wenz, 92, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Mosaic Life Care.
He was born Christmas Day 1924 to William Phillip and Lena (Rinnie) Wenz, they preceded him in death. His life-long work ethic was fostered when Bill and his younger brother, Alfred H. Wenz, who also preceded him in death, spent summers helping out on the family farms in Nebraska.
Bill was a graduate of Central High School and Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, IL, where he studied to be an electrician. His electrical skills were evident in the outdoor Christmas light displays he created for many years.
He began his business career at Sanders and Co. accounting firm. Bill was comptroller and general manager at Hirsch Brothers department store for 20 years. Then for 18 years he was a vice president at Wyeth Co.
On July 20, 1946 Bill began a 71-year marriage to the love of his life, Dorothy Elizabeth (May) Wenz, who survives him. He is also survived by three children, Margaret “Marti” Wenz, St. Joseph, Daniel P. Wenz (Dawn), Dallas, TX, Randall Wenz, Dallas, TX; 2 grandsons, William Blake Wenz, Taipei, Taiwan, Daniel P. Wenz, Jr., Dallas, TX
He enjoyed his service as a former member of the Board of Directors of Commerce Bank and also served on the Post Office Advisory Committee.
Bill was more than a 50-year member of the Moila Shrine Temple and a 32nd degree mason of the Scottish Rite. He also was a 50-plus year member and past president of the Kiwanis Club.
His other memberships include the St. Joseph Country Club, Benton Club, Elks Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Development Association. Bill also was a supporter of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the St. Joseph Museums, and the Pony Express National Museum. He was active in the Lake Contrary Development Association and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
As a young man he was a member of the former Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church (now Zion United Church of Christ). In later years he was a member of First Christian Church, where he served as a deacon and former treasurer.
Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph Museums or Pony Express National Museum.


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Service

Thursday

30

Nov

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory

5005 Frederick Blvd.
Saint Joseph, MO 64506

Visitation

Thursday

30

Nov

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory

5005 Frederick Blvd.
Saint Joseph, MO 64506

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Memorial Contribution

Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art

2818 Frederick Avenue
St. Joseph, Missouri 64506

St. Joseph Museums

St. Joseph, MO

Pony Express National Museum

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