Chad Quentin Renken

Chad Quentin Renken

Chad Quentin Renken

Van Horne

Chad Quentin Renken was born the son of Roger and Elizabeth (Ter Hark) Renken on Dec. 10, 1969, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. Chad passed away at home unexpectedly from unknown health complications on Aug. 11, 2022.

At the age of two, he was diagnosed as being hearing impaired. At the age of four, he moved with his family to Vinton to attend school in Cedar Rapids for his education. He graduated from Benton Community Schools in Van Horne where he discovered his love for art. In 1989 he moved to Cedar Rapids and worked at various jobs including driving truck for Nash Finch and working at Square D. In the late 90s, he opened his own shop and started Def Air Custom Paint and Airbrush and soon was known for his talent at painting most anything. His work graced the covers of magazines and



Chad lived his life intentionally with boldness. He was a light in a dark world. He was forever hopeful-finding the good in everyone he met. He was a story teller that kept his friends captive. Oh, how we’ll miss him!

Chad was preceded in death by his seven-year-old brother, Dwight, in 1972; and his stepfather, Steve Williams, in 1994.

He is survived by his special friend, Donna Jenkins of Van Horne; his mother and stepfather, Elizabeth and Curt Bartlett of Hudson; his brother, Wesley (Karen) Renken of Johnston; two nephews, Gabriel Renken and Joshua Renken; his sister, Justeen (David) Hill; three nieces, Olivia (Andy) Holcomb of Cedar Rapids, Alexis Hill of Cedar Falls and Elizabeth Hill of Waterloo; and his two cousins, Rhonda (Dennis) Rops of Aplington and Debbie (Terry) Johnson of Parkersburg.

A public visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Locke at Tower Park Funeral Home, 4140 Kimball Ave., Waterloo. A private family burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg.

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