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History

Renner Funeral Home
(Circa 1904)

George Renner Sr.

Following WW I , George Renner, Sr., graduated from mortuary school and was employed at local funeral homes. In 1929, he and Mr. Otto Schneider established the Renner-Schneider Funeral Home at 105 North Illinois Street. After several years of business, this partnership dissolved.

Renner Funeral Home
(Circa 1950's)

In 1934, George Renner Sr., co-founded Renner, Geminn, & Bergman Funeral Home at 120 North Illinois Street, Belleville, IL. Later, George Renner Sr., became the sole owner.

George and Mary Renner had six sons, George Jr., David, John, Joseph, Thomas, and James, who joined the firm shortly after WWII. All were licensed funeral directors and four were also licensed embalmers. From the 1940’s to the early 1970’s, the funeral home also operated an ambulance service. In the 1940’s, the firm acquired the Meng-Sintzel Funeral Home in Freeburg, IL and built a third location in Smithton, IL. George Sr., George Jr., David Sr., John, Joseph, and Jim Renner are now deceased. Thomas, while retired, can regularly be seen at the funeral home visiting with many friends and acquaintances.

Renner Family

Standing (L to R)
Joe, George II, George Sr., Dave, John
Seated (L to R) Jim Sr., Tom

Renner Family


Today, the third & fourth generation of Renners own and operate the firm.

They are George III, James Jr., Michael, William, David Jr., Carl, and Jenna.  All Renners currently on staff are fully licensed funeral directors and embalmers. They were all born and raised in Belleville or Freeburg and are active in community, church, and civic affairs.

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