In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the John D. Smith Library in El Dorado Springs.
Joe Russel Renfro, age 86, of El Dorado Springs, passed away at Cedar County Memorial Hospital on Sunday morning, January 22, 2012, with his family at his side. Joe was born near Trumann, Arkansas, on December 24, 1925, to Tilman Grice Renfro and Emmer Lou (Forest) Renfro.
Joe married Katherine (Koca) Renfro on August 10, 1949. Three children were born to this union. Joe and Katherine spent the first year of their marriage living in Colorado before returning to El Dorado Springs, where they spent the remainder of their married life.
Joe was a hard-working man, working locally at the International Shoe Company, Mid-Am Dairy, and then at 3M in Nevada until his retirement. He was a loving husband and father who always made time to attend to his family’s needs. He loved playing golf, fishing, and reading books from the library as well as the Bible. Joe believed in the value of education and proudly attained his GED in 1983. He actively encouraged not only his children but many young people to attend college and attain their degrees. Joe was a quick wit and never met a stranger. Friends and relatives alike were targets for his teasing, and he enjoyed being teased right back as much or more.
Joe was preceded in death by a son, Russel Joe; two sisters, Virgie West and Violet Jones; a brother, Claudy Renfro; and his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine, of El Dorado Springs; a daughter, Julie Windle and husband Linn of Branson, Missouri; a son, Kent Renfro and wife Kim of Nixa, Missouri; grandchildren Miranda Paladino, Russel Windle, Stuart Windle, Kennedy Renfro, Zachary Renfro, and Elle Renfro; great-grandchildren Ethan Paladino, Grace Paladino, Gabriella Paladino, Charli Windle, and Landon Windle; one brother-in-law Glen Koca; two sisters-in-law, Clara Koca and Ruth Koca; and scores of friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Bland-Hackleman Chapel with Reverend Brent Bland officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the John D. Smith Library in El Dorado Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.