Jack Paul Renfroe, 73, of Eaton, Colo., died of congestive heart failure July 27, 2013, at Greeley’s North Colorado Medical Center.
He was born on Nov. 29, 1939, in North Platte.
Jack generously and selflessly sought to share his blessings with his family, friends, employees and church.
Jack was a loyal, dedicated and hardworking businessman, but he always put his family first. He was a living example of Proverbs 22:1, “A good name is more desirable than great riches: to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
Jack grew up in North Platte and attended the Berean Fundamental Church. He graduated from North Platte High in 1958. His classmates called him the gentle giant.
He was accepted to the University of Nebraska on a football scholarship where he went on to graduate in 1964, earning a degree in civil engineering. He was a dedicated member of the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity and enjoyed many memories with his brothers. He was an avid Husker fan.
On July 6, 1962, Jack married Karen M. Cederburg in North Platte. After their marriage they lived in Lincoln and Kansas City before choosing to settle their family in Greeley, Colo., in 1966.
Once in Greeley, Jack was a project engineer for Nelson, Haley, Patterson, & Quirk, a consulting engineering firm. He helped design buildings, bridges and water-treatment plants all over northern Colorado. He also was an inspection engineer on the construction of Kodak in Windsor.
He left NHPQ in 1972 and founded his own concrete construction company. His company, Foundation Builders, Inc., celebrated it’s 41st year in Greeley this summer. They build commercial and residential projects specializing in foundations and flatwork. His company has constructed over 7,000 home foundations in northern Colorado.
Jack was also involved in several other business ventures. He was one of the developers of Pheasant Run subdivision, Cedarwoods subdivision and Weber West Subdivision in Greeley and Maplewood Estates in Eaton, Colo. He was a director of New Frontier Bank. He was a partner in Renfroe Farms, JRSR LLC, SWR Investments, Maplewoods I and Brunner Renfroe LLC.
Jack attended the Eaton Evangelical-Free Church and supervised the construction of their major facilities expansion in 2003.
Jack loved being involved with his grandchildren and their activities. Rarely a weekend would go by without a grandchild spending the night with Papa Jack. He also enjoyed watching and traveling to Nebraska football games. He was writing a book on the family history of the Renfroe’s and Kimberly’s. He traveled to Georgia yearly for research.
Jack will be remembered for his caring sense of humor that brightened the day of many. He was blunt and to the point. His word and handshake could be trusted and he believed doing every job right with the highest quality.
Papa Jack will be always loved, forever in our hearts, and with us in spirit.
Jack was dearly loved by his son, Senator Scott (Pamela) Renfroe, of Greeley, and their children, Olivia, Sylvia, Vivian, Derek and Spencer; and his daughter, Randee (Bobby) Morris, of Greeley, and their children, Brittany and Jared. He will be missed by his brother, Dr. Jerry Delano Renfroe, of Edmond, Okla.; his sisters, Barbara Anne Ziervogel, of Apple Valley, Calif.; and Linda Kay Velte, of Geneva.
He is preceded in death by his father, Samuel Waudell Renfroe; his mother, Agnes Vera (Kimberly) Renfroe; his brother, Donald Rabon Renfroe; and sister, Susan Elaine (Renfroe) Harrison.
Jack had a heart for the youth ministries where he attended church. Jack would be honored for memorial contributions be given to further their ministry opportunities. Contributions can be made to EEFC Youth Ministries, in care of Moser Funeral Service 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans, CO 80620. An online obituary and guest book are at moserfuneral service.com
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m.(MDT), today, at the Eaton Evangelical Free Church, 1325 Third St., Eaton. Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, at Linn Grove Cemetery, followed by a memorial celebration of Jack’s life at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Eaton Evangelical Free Church. Moser Funeral and Cremation Services in Evans, Colo. is in charge of arrangments.
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