Ernest Eugene Renninger was born February 21, 1940 in Richfield, PA. The son of the late Monroe and Mildred Scheaffer Renninger, Ernie graduated from Bald Eagle Nittany High School in 1958. Ernie was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. A man of few words, Ernie expressed his love to his family in many ways. Ernie married the love of his life, Nancy Bitner, on September 7, 1984, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. They celebrated their 30th anniversary in the presence of their friends and family on September 6th, 2015. Ernie and Nancy’s love was greater than the 36 years of marriage they would have celebrated this September.
Ernie was the quintessential entrepreneur, starting his career as a general contractor building and remodeling many homes in Clinton County over the years. His career took multiple turns: Insurance Salesman, Building Inspector (State College) and Real Estate Investor before he and Nancy started Renco Rentals in Mill Hall. After selling the rental business in the early ‘80’s, he started Renninger’s Cabinetree. Ernie then retired from the cabinet business and jumped into the theater and pet food business with the (re) opening of the Roxy theater and Calico Creek Feed and Pets. If you saw Ernie, you know he never really retired!
Anyone who knew Ernie knows how much he loved his community by donating his time and talent to Millbrook Playhouse, the Women’s Shelter, Great Island Presbyterian Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic School library, and KCSD. He was a Board Member for the Heisey Museum and served as a Supervisor for Lamar Township. Ernie enjoyed working and restoring historic buildings throughout Clinton County; the Garden Theatre, the Roxy Theatre, and the Lock House.
There are many things he loved beyond his work. The annual family trips to Canada for a week of fishing and family fun, sitting on the porch with family and friends, watching animals wander in the fields (especially the deer), playing ball with the family dogs, and making trails on the mountain. He and Nancy loved boating and fishing.
Ernie is lovingly survived by his wife, Nancy, children, Terri (Todd) Montgomery, Timothy (Toni) Renninger, and Christopher (Angela) Stoner, grandchildren, Samantha (Timothy) Lucas, Amanda (Mark) Fields, Nathaniel (Michelle) Renninger, Brittany Renninger, Alyssa (Kris) Eberle, Colby Stoner, Corbin Stoner, Caden Stoner, Max Polmanteer, and Morgan Polmanteer, great-grandchildren, Emma and Clara Lucas, and Mack and Millie Fields. He is also survived by his siblings, Patricia Mumma, Donald (Carol) Renninger, Gloria Long, Susan McKinney, and Michael Renninger (LeeAnn). He is predeceased by his parents, bother-in-laws: Charles Mumma, Gerald Long, and Richard McKinney.
“You lived your life on Endless Trails, so let the journey continue on God’s chosen Pathway.”
A funeral service honoring the life and memory of Ernest Eugene Renninger will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church, 111 Main St. Mill Hall, PA with Pastor Susan Champion officiating. Friends will be received in the church from 11:00 AM until time of services.
Memorial contributions are suggested to either the Clinton Co. SPCA or the Clinton Co. Historical Society through the funeral home.
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