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John Renninger

September 20, 1930 — January 14, 2022

Reading, PA

John Arthur Renninger, 91, of Reading, passed away Friday January 14, 2022 at the Reading Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  John was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Dolores E. (Costello) Renninger who passed away July 12, 2017.  Born in Minersville, Schuylkill County, John was the son of the late Arthur and Ruth (Schoffstall) Renninger.  He was a member of Saint John Baptist de la Salle Roman Catholic Church, Shillington, PA and served in the United States Army during the Korean War obtaining the rank of Sargent First Class. A member of the 82nd Airborne Division, he made 52 parachute jumps over Hawaii, Wake Island, Guam, Philippines, Okinawa and Japan.  John was proud of his service and would often be seen wearing a baseball hat with the Airborne insignia. He was a steadfast presence in his family and was always willing to help and offer a “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” John spent many years actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America serving as a committee member and treasurer. He enjoyed hiking, bright colors, travelling, puzzles and spending time with family. John was an accountant by trade and spent most of his career at Unex Machine & Tool in Reading. He is survived by his children John J. Renninger, husband of Diane Renninger of Sinking Spring; Michele M. Apsokardu of Kenhorst; Kim R. Lewis, wife of Tom Lewis of Kenhorst; grandchildren Jarad and Nicole Renninger and Erin Apsokardu.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Chapel of Saint George at Gethsemane Cemetery Mausoleum at the convenience of the family.  Reverend Edward J. Essig, Celebrant.  Entombment will follow.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Saint John Baptist de la Salle Roman Catholic Church 420 Holland Street, Shillington, PA 19607 in memory of Mr. John Arthur Renninger.  Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home 444 North 9th Street Reading is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at

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