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Therin Rentschler

therin rentschler
Therin Matthew Rentschler age 54 of Fredericksburg, IA died Monday, May 16, 2022 at his home due to natural causes. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elkader, IA with Rev. John Haugen celebrating the Mass. If you are unable to attend please join the family via livestream. https://foveo.stream/hugeback-johnson/therin-rentschler Live Webcast Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton have been entrusted with Therin's arrangements. 641-394-4334. Therin was born on Feb. 29, 1968, to Merlin and Mary Kay "Mike" (Belden) Rentscher. He grew up in Elkader, Iowa. Therin received his education at Central Elkader Community Schools. In high school, he was active in football, wrestling, and track. He graduated with the class of 1986. After high school, he graduated from Upper Iowa University. After college, Therin built a long and successful career in manufacturing. In high school, he began dating Kim Polkow and the two were married on November 3, 1990, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader. The couple lived in Cedar Rapids before moving to New Hampton, where they lived for more than 20 years until they moved to Fredericksburg in 2020. Therin and Kim have three children — Jenna, Tanner and Tyler — and as Jenna will tell you, “he did everything for us, and I mean everything.” He was immensely proud of his three kids who meant the world to him. Therin loved being a part of their lives, attending their school activities, coaching his sons in different sports and helping them through life. He was a longtime coach, starting his career as an assistant football coach at North Fayette High School. Therin also served as a basketball coach for the St. Joe’s Panthers in New Hampton, was a middle school football coach at New Hampton, and was an assistant coach for a very successful New Hampton boys basketball program for seven years. He also coached numerous youth sports teams. Therin’s coaching philosophy was geared around two mantras. First, there was a time to be serious and a time to have fun. Second, everyone on the team was important. He cared just as much for the last guy on the bench as he did for the superstars. He had high expectations for all of his players, but he was the kind of coach who found success not on the scoreboard, but in seeing players bust their butts for their teams on the court and the gridiron. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he loved his dogs, especially the labs that he spent many hunting and fishing trips with. Therin was a fan of Iowa Hawkeyes football, Iowa State basketball and NASCAR, especially the late Dale Earnhardt. Therin was a fun guy to be around — be it at family gatherings, cracking jokes while he served as a statistician along the sidelines at football games or playing “Pitch” and hanging out with “the guys” at various tournaments and camps the teams he helped coach attended. He will be dearly missed by all those that knew him, especially his wife of 32 years and his three children, and the world just won’t be the same without him. Therin is survived by his wife, Kim of Fredericksburg, IA; one daughter, Jenna (Ryan Westemeyer) Rentschler of Waukee, IA; two sons, Tanner (Marisa Flick) Rentschler of New Hampton, IA, Tyler Rentschler of Fredericksburg, IA; mother, Mike Rentschler of Elkader, IA, mother and father-in-law, Keith and Theresa Polkow of Fredericksburg, IA, one brother, Travis (Kara) Rentschler of Marion, IA; brothers-in-law Matt Haight of Columbia, MO, Kevin Polkow of Raleigh, NC, Kent (Sara) Polkow of Southern Pines, NC, Craig Polkow of Fort Myers, FL; nephews, Alec Rentschler, Parker and Spencer Haight, Carson Polkow; nieces, Madison and Kennedy Rentschler, Lauren and Allison Polkow; his beloved dogs, Tytan, Hazel, Emmy. He was preceded in death by his father Merlin in 2003; one sister-in-law, Jennifer Polkow- Haight in 2021. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the family.

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  1. I’m so sorry to hear this! Our sympathy to Kim and family, keeping you all in my prayers. Sending hugs!

  2. Speechless!!! I am so very sorry Kim, Jenna, Tanner and Tyler! Loved Therin and our chats….even if he was a cowboy fan. My heart breaks for you all and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

  3. Kim and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You guys were the best neighbors anyone could of ask for and friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers . My heart breaks for all of you. If you need anything please let me know.

  4. My deepest sympathies to the entire Rentschler family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. I’m so sorry. Sending our deepest sympathies. Will be thinking and praying for you in the days ahead.

  6. Kim and family–We are sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We always loved visiting with Therin both as a co-worker and friend. Praying for you and your family today and in the days ahead. Hugs to you!

  7. Sending my deepest sympathies. Will be thinking and praying for you in the days ahead. 🙏

  8. So very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Therin always had an open mind and a willing ear to listen to any issues we may have had at work or just to say hi when passing by. Prayers to you and your family.

  9. So so sorry for your family’s loss!! Thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️ 🙏 🙏❤️

  10. We gather here, a class once more To reminiscence, like years before Upon the days and joys we knew Before our school-aged time was through Yet, as we meet, with memories near We think of those, always held dear – Our friends and classmates, passed away To be with God, every school day. They sit at desks, resting on clouds Surrounded by angelic crowds Where they shall be forevermore The friends and schoolmates we adore They’ll be with us in every prayer Until the day, we join them there Within the walls of Heaven’s class Where friendships formed shall always last. Until that hour, we join again An empty chair, we will maintain In honor of the life-long bond We forged with those, now passed beyond The friends with whom we learned life’s truth Whose bonds lasted far from our youth And shall remain forever near When we gather, year after year. © 2006 – Jill Eisnaugle’s Poetry Collection

  11. Kim and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻

  12. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. – ADS Livermore, KY

  13. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  14. We love you and are praying for you and your family. Please let us know if you need anything at all!

  15. Kim and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Always enjoyed Therin as a coach during my time at the school. 🙏🙏🙏

  16. My heartfelt sympathy to Mike and the Rentschler family. I am so sorry to hear this sad news.

  17. Kim and family, so sorry for your loss, Therin will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Jeff and Becky Eichenberger

  18. So sorry for your loss always enjoyed visiting with him when he came into the grocery store!

  19. Therin was a great man that I looked up to very much & I was proud to be able to work with him for so many years. My respect grew as he coached with Brock and was such a great friend, coach, & mentor to us and to our boys. Sending Kim, Jenna, Tanner, & Tyler so many prayers and hugs.

  20. Kim, Jenna, Tanner & Tyler, you have our deepest sympathy. So many good memories of Therin and you guys during our kid’s St. Joe’s days and after. Our hearts break for you. Sending love and prayers.

  21. In memory of Therin. Kim, Jenna, Tanner, and Tyler – You are all in our thoughts during this difficult time.

  22. Kim and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs. Loren and Donna


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