Obituary Details

Tom Rennard

(09/03/1883 - 12/04/1951)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 12/06/1951

Tom Rennard Dies of Auto Crash Injuries

Tom Rennard 68, north Niobrara County rancher for 46 years, died Tuesday evening at 6:40 from injuries suffered at 11:30 that morning in an accident 8 miles north of Lusk.

Mr. Rennard, with his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Sam Rennard, was returning to the ranch in a pickup truck. The icy condition of the road caused the truck to skid, leave the road and turn over. Mrs. Rennard was thrown clear and uninjured except or a few bruises, but Mr. Rennard was pinned underneath. A Burlington bus stopped and driver and passengers helped lift the truck from him.

Deputy Sheriff Bud Cantwell, who had been out north to check on a deer killed by a car, investigated the accident.

A highway crew coming upon the scene administered first aid, applying a tourniquet to Mr. Rennard's injured arm. The Peet ambulance was called and he was brought to the Spencer Hospital.

Mr. Rennard had homesteaded the ranch on which he lives. In recent years, his son, Sam, has been associated with him there.

Besides his wife and son, Sam, two other sons, Tom, Jr. of Casper and Robert of Cheyenne, survive. There are also six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held from the Edgemont Congregational Church Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

The Lusk Herald
December 13, 1951
Rennard Services Held in Edgemont

Funeral serviges were held for Tom Rennard at the Congregational Christian Church in Edgemont Friday at 2:00 p.m. Rennard died from injuries he received when the truck he was driving overturned north of Lusk Dec. 3.

Note: The first article states that Mr. Rennard died on a Tuesday, which would have been December 4. This article states the date as December 3. The website "Find a Grave" lists his death date as December 7.

Rev. Seitsma of the Congregational Church presided at the services. Peet's Mortuary had charge of arrangements for the services. Burial was made in the Edgemont Cemetery.

Active casket bearers were: Ed Rumney, Joe Kane, Leonard Sedgwick, Paul McDaniels, Allen Coates, and Harold Nightengale.

Tom Rennard is survived by his wife, three sons, Sam of Niobrara County, Robert of Cheyenne, and Tom, Jr. of Casper, and six grandchildren.

The Lusk Herald
December 20, 1951
Tom Rennard Obituary

Tom Rennard was born September 3, 1883 in Yorkshire County, England, the son of Eli and Elizabeth Rennard, and died Dec. 4 at the age of 68 from injuries received in a car accident.

He established his residence in Wyoming 46 years ago and two years later became one of the early settlers on the Cheyenne River west of Edgemont in Wyoming. He filed on a homestead near the former post office of Spencer and started a home for his wife and family. He continuously lived until the time of his death in the Cheyenne River community where he engaged in livestock raising.

He served for many years as mail carrier on the route commencing in Edgemont and serving the community west including the former Spencer post office.

Mr. Rennard was always interested in the improvement and welfare of his community. He was a firm believer in education and served a number of terms on the school district school board. He continuously gave fully of his time to various community projects and in his business dealings his integrity was without question.

He was a member of the Congregational Church.

He leaves his wife, three sons and six grandchildren, also two brothers in England. His wife and son Sam live on the family ranch. The other two sons, Tom, Jr., and Robert, reside in Casper and Cheyenne, respectively.

Funeral services were held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Edgemont, conducted by Rev. G. W. Sietsema. Interment was made in the Edgemont Cemetery.

The choir composed of Ed Roper, Jack Kane, Mrs. Marvin Cummings, Mrs. Paul Russell, accompanied by the pianist, Mrs. Fred Hubbard, sang "Abide With Me," and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus."

Honorary pallbearers were: Charles Hanson, James Hammell, Andy Sedgwick, Roy Sutherland, Bill Spencer, Joe Rumney and Fred Robison.

Active pallbearers were: Paul McDaniels, Allen Coates, Ed Rumney, Leonard Sedgwick, Harold Nightengale and Joe Kane.

Images & Attachments

Photo courtesy of photographer Joann Boggs
Tom Rennard, courtesy of Stan Rennard

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