George Keen Renau

By October 18, 2012 Obituaries

George Keen Renau


George Keen Renau entered into eternal rest October 18, 2012. Salesman by trade and an aspiring artist, writer, author and poet later in life. A light heavy weight golden glove boxing champion in his prime as well as light heavyweight bodybuilding champion. Graduate of merchant marine academies in Florida and Connecticut. Proudly served on several US merchant ships as chief wireless operator during the height of sea battles in WWII in the European theater until honorably discharged as lieutenant. Born in Charleston, SC Aug 16, 1925 son of Georgie Keen Renau and John Henry Renau. Graduate of Bennett public school and attended College of Charleston. Predeceased by brothers Joesph and John Renau, and sons Ronald and Keenie Renau.  Survived by two daughters and a son.


Daughter–Nancy G Riedesel & Husband – Jeffrey G Riedesel of Garfield, AR. Grandson – Steven Iuliano and wife Clara and their daughter, Emma of Morhsville, PA. Granddaughter – Tammy Riedesel and children – Scott, Joshua, Leah, and Daniel Cook.


Daughter–Betsy Renau Ertel & husband David Allan Ertel, daughter Christine Diane Ertel

David Allan Ertel, II and

Kimberly Joy Ertel of Florida.

Along with great grandchild Sophia Diane Sapp.


Son–Mark Renau & wife Teresa David Renau and their daughter Lydia Renau of Mt Pleasant, SC.


Survived by sisters Mary Renau and Hazel Renau Lucas, brothers Frank Richard Renau and Harry “Billy” Renau. All  residing in Charleston, SC. Memorial service will be held at Simplicity Lowcountry Chapel Sunday Oct 28 at 3pm. They are located at 7475 Peppermill Parkway, Ste. E, North Charleston, SC 29418 .


  • Joey and Wendy Lucas says:

    Mark and Teresa,
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Wendy and Joey Lucas

  • Jeff Riedesel says:

    Mark: You are a good son, George would have been proud. May God continue to bless you, Teresa and Lydia. I can’t wait to meet Nancy’s half-brother, she is excited to hook-up with you all as well.

  • Hugh Tant says:

    To the family of George Renau, Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of George. He was an important part of my youth and I will never ever forget this wonderful man. He not only trained Ronnie and myself about weight lifting, but he gave us so much great advice about life and the importance of serving our nation in uniform. He always encouraged us to achieve in academics as well as any endeavor we undertook. He was the epitome of a gentleman. We are all richer for having him in our lives. I hope and pray and believe he has rejoined Ronnie and Keenie and continues on in the life promised by our Lord and Savior.


    Hugh B. Tant III
    Brigadier General
    U.S. Army (Retired)