Was born at St. John’s Hospital in New York City on January 20, 1927.
Ren joined the Navy at age 17 near the end of WWII.
In 1956 he moved to San Diego to be closer to his brother and mother.
In 1962 he met the love of his life, Johanna Van Manen Julyan.
They are to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in October, 2012.
In 1976 Ren, Johanna and their children Rennie and Kathryn moved to Spokane and became longtime owners of Boehms Chocolates and Flowers (now known as Bloem).
Ren loved singing, dancing, traveling and drinking coffee in a particular way!
But mostly he loved spending time with family and close friends.
One of his favorite sayings was “This is the good life.”
Although Ren suffered in his life, he greatly appreciated the joyous moments and lived them to their fullest.
Ren’s deep loving and childlike nature continue to inspire his wife Johanna, son Ren Jr., daughter-in-law Marissa, daughter Kathryn and son-in-law Jeff and four grandchildren Tyler, Rennie, Zania and Ayla, and many close friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28th at 3PM at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church.
Donations in Ren’s memory can be made to Spokane Mental Health.