Alfred William “Alf” Renschler, 90, of Carrollton, KY, died on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton.
He was born on August 15, 1929 in Carrollton, Carroll County, KY, the son of the late Alfred Bernerd Renschler and Julia Ellen Frost Renschler. He was a 1948 graduate of Carrollton High School. Alf had retired from the United States Postal Service in Carrollton at the age of 58 having worked as a postal clerk and mail carrier. He was a lifelong merchant of Carrollton, he opened his first business of operation 72 years ago while still a teenager. He opened a small grocery store on 6th street in Carrollton that served as his residence throughout life. He had owned Sav-Moor, a mom and pop department store located on Main Street in Carrollton until it burned down in 1978. He had operated several teen centers in the downtown Carrollton area during the 1970’s. He was the last owner of the Royal Theatre and reluctantly had to close it for good in 1970 following the building owner backing out just prior to closing the deal for the purchase of the property. He had also owned various business’s in Carrollton, Prestonville and Madison, IN.
Alf was an active member of the St. John Catholic Church in Carrollton and served his Country faithfully in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict in Japan as a Military Police Officer and Postal Clerk.
While living a simple life, Alf was a giving man who donated generously to animal and wildlife causes, Native American Children’s Missions and to the St. John Catholic Church. His grandfather and great uncle where the original builders of the St. John Catholic Church and the Carrollton Post Office. He always made time to say hello and enjoyed seeing people everywhere he went.
Alf enjoyed traveling with his sons through many month long trips over the last decade and enjoyed visits to parks, Native American Reservations, firework events and to see family in the Pacific Northwest.
Some of his favorite things to do included gardening, reading, family gatherings, senior center activities and “treasure hunting” on the streets of his community. He had held the oldest post office box number in Carrollton since 1948. He also enjoyed playing the harmonica, which a lot of people were unaware of.
He will be missed by his four sons; Dennis Eugene and his wife Judy Renschler of Louisville, KY, David Lee Renschler of Carrollton, KY, Garry William and his wife Leticia Renschler of Battle Ground, WA, and John Kevin Renschler of Carrollton and Louisville, KY, a sister; Julia “Sis” Schlie of Louisville, KY, seven grandchildren; Tera Simpson of Bedford, KY, David Joel Renschler of Bedford, KY, Lauren Michelle Renschler of Louisville, KY, Erin Nicole Renschler of Louisville, KY, Evan Brandon Renschler of Louisville, KY, Addie Jean Renschler of Battle Ground, WA, and Lukas Andres Renschler of Battle Ground, WA, a great grandson; Wyatt Simpson of Bedford, KY, several nieces and nephews; Kevin Renschler, Steven Renschler, Linda Anderson and Becky Parris, he is also survived by, Sharon, Ron and Jeffrey Dickow of Carrollton, KY, and many good friends including Jim Hamblin of Sparta.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife; Betty Jean Hewitt Renschler on September 20, 2003, two brothers; Lee Thomas “Tom” Renschler and Robert “Bob” Renschler. and a lifelong family friend, David Wade
All immediate services will be private due to the current public health situation in accordance with C.D.C. guidelines. A public memorial celebration service is planned at a later date.
Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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