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Richard L. Renfro

Birth Date: June 7, 1946
Death Date: July 13, 2017

LOVINGTON- Richard L. Renfro, 71 of Lovington, passed away at 5:31 PM Thursday, July 13, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur.
Richard was born on June 7, 1946 in Dayton, OH the son of Virgil and Mildred (Turner) Renfro. Richard served his country in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a transportation superintendent for the Blue Mound Bus Services for many years. He was a member of the Lovington Church of God, served on the Blue Mound Fire Protection District. He was also a member of the Sullivan VFW and American Legion Post 105 in Decatur. Richard enjoyed fishing, camping and he loved to travel. Richard married Linda S. Collins on July 27, 1974 in Shawnee Town, IL.
Surviving are his wife Linda of Lovington, daughter- Lynette Young and her significant other Wayne Hoxie of Menifee, CA, grandchildren- Lexie, David and London, brother-in-law- Lawrence (Violet) Collins, two uncles, numerous cousins, special nieces and nephews- Larry (Terri) Collins and Lisa (Kevin) Schollenbruch, special friends of over 30 years- Paul and Mary Ann Nartker and Bub and Mary Hadden; special friends- Gary and Ginny Stevenson and many other close friends.
Richard was greeted in Heaven by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10 am Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Lovington First Church of God, conducted by Pastor Rodney Houser. Memorials are suggested to the Lovington First Church of God.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Steven Sobel for his special care and concern of Richard.
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family at

Celebration of Life
July 22, 2017
10:00 am
First Church of God
207 S. Noah Street Lovington, IL 61937
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  1. Richard was the finest custodian I was ever associated with in the Meridian schools. He kept our Middle School clean bright and warm throughout the school year. I had just "spoken" with Richard on Facebook about the possibility of he and his wife moving to Southern California. This is really a shock to me and I'm sure to the rest of his friends and family. He will be sorely missed and I was honored to have known him during our years in Blue Mound.

    Steve Briggs

  2. I met Richard when I was driving a school bus for him. He was always so funny because he tried to act grumpy, but I could tell better that it was all an act….he had a heart of gold and was a truly nice guy. I am grateful for the years knowing him and calling him my friend. Prayers for peace and comfort for Linda and his family.

  3. Richard came in to my life as a client and became a "Dad" to me. When we started to get to know one another more, we realized he actually knew my dad. He loved me like a daughter, my husband like a son, and our son Josiah, like a grandson. I loved him dearly.

  4. Uncle Dick you will sorely missed by all. Larry & I have so many wonderful memories of you. We have gained a true Guardian Angel and know one day we will all be reunited again. Aunt Linda, please let us know if you need anything at all. With all of our love, Larry & Terri Collins

  5. My Dad loved coming to Cali to visit. On his last visit we took him and Linda to eat at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in LA and then drove down the coast so that he could enjoy the water he loved so much. This is the best very last memory and picture we have together as a family and we will forever cherish it. We love you dad, You have made a FOREVER STAMP in your grandchildren's lives and I love and thank you . I know you are with Grandma Miller having a good ole time. I will see you soon, Love you always:)

  6. Even though we have not known Richard and Linda for a long time we have
    treasured the friendship that has developed over the years. Sure going to miss you
    Richard and our neighborhood (John Deere) meetings. Plan on seeing you again
    in heaven. With our deepest sympathy…love Dave and Angie Gregory.

  7. R.I.P.Richard…The world lost a great man…he will always be in my heart..i have grown to love him and Linda as my family …I and Bella will always cherish the road trip the summer of 2015 to California ,we grew to love him and Linda even more thru the time we spent with him ..we got to experinence the Grand Canyon with them awesome …so fly high my friend ….and thank you for coming into our life 32 years ago ..we became besties all over a set of training wheels… you forever

  8. He was always there to look out for me but to always keep me in check. Love you Richard! You will be sorely missed!

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