Renny R. Ransbottom

Renny R. Ransbottom

Renny passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born March 24, 1951 in Plainwell the son of Lester and Phyllis (Madden) Ransbottom. For more than 28 years he owned and operated the Third Base Grocery in Plainwell. He was also active with the Michigan Association of School Boards, having served on the Board of Directors. He had also been Chair of their Government Relations Committee and been a mentor with Members Assisting Peers. He had received the MASB Level 7 Presidents Award and The MASB Advocacy and Data Specialty Awards.

Renny served his community as President of the Otsego School Board, Treasurer of the Otsego Public School Foundation, Vice President of the Otsego District Library Board and was a member of “Band of Friends”.

On March 25, 1977 at the United Methodist Church in Plainwell he married Phyllis Lynn Hummel who survives. Also surviving are his children, Michael Ransbottom of Otsego and Katherine (Austin Wiggins) Ransbottom of Plainwell. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place. No public services are scheduled at this time.

Contributions in memory of Renny may be made to the Otsego District Public Library.

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  1. Sherry Schumaker says:

    My deepest condolences to Phyllis and family at the loss of a great man. He served the community in so many capacities and gave of himself tirelessly to make Otsego a great place to live and to raise children. His legacy will live on for an eternity in the lives that he made better with his service.
    I had the pleasure of working with him on the Otsego Public Schools Foundation and his absence will have a tremendous affect on our board and the children and staff in the school system.
    Love and prayers to all of you, and thanks for sharing him with all of us.

  2. Bryon & Kandy Campbell says:

    Phyllis and Family,
    We are deeply saddened by the passing of Renny. I have had the privilege of working with Renny on the Board of Education for 10+ years. He was very passionate about Otsego and the Community. He will be missed.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

    Bryon & Kandy Campbell

  3. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Phyliss and Family,
    We are very sad to hear of Renny’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  4. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Phyliss and Family,
    We are so very sad to hear of Renny’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


    We are deeply sadden to about Renny’s passing Prayers are with you an your family.

  6. Sue Higgs says:

    It is sad day hearing that Renny was passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. He was so involved with committees and boards in Otsego. It was his passion and he enjoyed everything he was a part of. We worked together on the OHS combined class reunions and he was always very helpful and supportive. He will be missed in the community.

  7. Rick and Mary Howrigon says:

    Dear Phyllis and Family
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Rennys passing. He was truly a GREAT man.
    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family, please call upon us if you are in need of anything

  8. Chris & Ken says:

    Phyllis & family
    We’re so sorry for your loss. Please know you’re in our heart and thoughts. Hugs to all of you.

  9. Larry E Collier says:

    Phyllis and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I have had the honor to have served with Renny on different Boards and always admired his commitment to the students and family’s of Otsego. I will truly miss my friend.

  10. Teri (Filkins) Laster says:

    Phyllis & family. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband & father. Prayers for peace for all of you. Keep your precious memories close as you go forward. Always enjoyed Rennies wit & humor.

  11. Amy Nieuwenhuis says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Renny’s family. He was a champion for the children of Otsego in many ways. I will miss him teasing me, saying, “if there is food and money being given out, I’m sure Amy will be there.” He will be missed!

  12. Sally Westerhouse says:

    I am so saddened by the passing of Renny. I had the pleasure of working with him at the store for years and he truly was a person I looked forward to seeing weekly. I will miss him picking on me and trying to ruffle my feathers each week. 🙂 His love for his family and community was evident in all he did. Phyllis, Michael, Katherine and Austin; I am holding you all close in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Mary (Morgan) Harris says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to your family.

  14. Jan Jameson says:

    Phyllis and kids, My heartfelt love and thoughts are with you all. Renny was a good man,full of life,love and committment . Otsego Schools are a better place because of his love and committment to the kids who attend there,or who have in the past. It was an honor to be friends with him. He is missed!
    Love you all. If you need anything,please let me know.

  15. Terri Gott (Goodacre) says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Renny. He and I went all through school together. He was such a good guy. I’m just shocked. Please accept my sincere sympathy. My husband Howard Gott worked with Phyllis. We both send our sympathy. God Bless..

  16. Dan and Julie Andrus says:

    So sorry for your family and our communities loss. Keeping you and yours in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  17. Ron and Nancy Feniger says:

    Phyllis and family, our deepest sympathy in your loss. Renny was a champion for Otsego schools.

  18. John Herman Mills says:

    My sincerest condolences to you Phyllis and your family. Renny was one I admired from afar. My thoughts are with you.

  19. Mark and Patty Chapman says:

    Phyllis and family, Pat and I are so sorry to hear of Rennys passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. I always enjoyed our talks at school events and while we both served on the band boosters board. Renny will be greatly missed.

  20. Mike and Agnes (Schmitt) Vanarsdal says:

    Phyllis, Mike and my very deepest sympathy. May God’s grace be with all who loved Renny. Again so very sorry!!

  21. Randy and Linda Taft says:

    Heaven gained a great man today. Linda and I are honored to have been able to call Renny our friend. But he was so much more than a friend. He was a mentor to Me and Linda when we became officers on the Plainwell Band Boosters board. He helped with many projects and ideas we came up with. We send our thoughts and prayers to Phyllis and Michael and Katherine and Austin.

  22. Faith Davis (Keith) says:

    Phyllis and family, so sorry for your loss. Renny will be missed very much. I have such warm memories of walking down to 3rd base and being welcomed by Renny.

  23. Dale and Pat Holland and Family says:

    Phyl, Michael, Katherine and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Renny’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. Andy and Arlene Wykstra says:

    Phyllis and family, I am so saddened to hear of Renny’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this,

  25. Tom and Pam Lewis says:

    So very sorry to hear of Renny’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  26. Sharon Witt says:

    So very sorry for the entire family and everyone who knew him. He had a heart of gold, was always willing to help anyone and will be greatly missed.

  27. Mike and Agnes ( Schmitt ) Vanarsdal says:

    Phyllis – Mike amid my very deepest sympathy. May God’s grace be with you and all who loved him. Again, so sorry!

  28. Tim & Diane McPherson says:

    Phyllis and family
    Our deepest sympathy on Renny’s passing. Prayers are with you

  29. Ron & Gail (Foster) Tutewiler says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Renny. We graduated from high school together and we would see him at Third Base when we were home from Florida and at reunions. He was a great guy and was always involved and contributing. So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  30. Linda Froelich says:

    I was so sad to hear about Renny. He was a great man and will be missed. Sending my prayers.

  31. John W. Hart, says:

    We played some High School Sports together for several years. He was very good and fun. Ive missed him for along time. May peace be upon you n Family,

  32. Ed and Sharon Buys says:

    Phyllis and family. We were saddened to hear of Renny’s passing. We are praying for you.

  33. Patricia Wilcox says:

    Phyllis and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the death of Renny. He was a wonderful husband and father. He was always very active in Community things and various projects. May his legacy live on. I hope you find peace and understanding in the days ahead. With my thoughts and prayers, Pat

  34. Jackie(Mulligan) Eaton says:

    My deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends.Class of 69 graduate we were.Prayers to you Phyllis and kids.

  35. Doug and Cathy Fritz says:

    Dear Phyllis and family, We will remember Renny as a friendly neighbor and active voice in the community. He loved his family and always was willing to help where it was needed. Our thoughts and prayers for comfort are with you. May the Lord give you daily strength as you reflect on the many memories of Renny and the special times you shared as family. God bless

  36. Connie Vanarsdal says:

    Phyllis and family so sorry for your lose

  37. Ryan and Molly Wieber says:

    Dear Phyllis, Michael and Katherine, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Renny gave so much of himself over the years for the betterment of our community, schools, library and so much more. We will never forget him and all the good he accomplished!

  38. Emily Mills says:

    Phyl and family,

    In 1977 I knew you were marrying “one of the good ones”.
    Renny was truly a special man who loved his community and
    adored you and the kids. Thanks for bringing him into our family
    and allowing us to know and love him. Sending a big hug to all of you , love, Em

  39. Hailey (Livingston) Webber says:

    So sorry to hear of Renny’s passing. Please except my condolences and know that I am sending thoughts of comfort and prayer.

  40. penny browning says:

    Larger Than Life. Fun! A life of service to his community. Always time to say hi and tell it like it is. Put his money where his mouth is. Remember Reed Fieldhouse in 1968 with him on the front page??

  41. Donna Hall says:

    I only knew Renny from His Store for years. He was always very nice. May God Comfort his Wife and Family during this sad time,

  42. DAn and Sandy Fleming says:

    Phyllis, So very sorry for your loss. Dan and I want to extend our deepest and sincere condolences to you and your family

  43. Roy Secor says:

    The loss of Renny is a huge loss for the community of Otsego. He certainly left the world a better place. An even bigger loss for his family. My thoughts are with you Phyllis, Mike and Katherine. I am so proud of the man he became.

  44. Kari (Carpenter) Garman says:

    Light and love to the Ransbottom family during this time.

  45. Dennis T. Nelson says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Renny’s passing. For years I used to leave early for work so that I would have time to talk with Renny at Third Base. We didn’t always see eye to eye, but he was always fun to listen to. A good man gone too soon. Deepest condolences to his family.

  46. Tim and Jennifer Mitchell says:

    Phyllis, Michael, Katherine and Austin– We are heartbroken for you all…and so sorry for your loss. Renny was one of a kind, and his loss will be felt deeply by many. We are grateful for everything he did for Otsego Schools, and especially the awesome Otsego Bands (even though he loved the pith helmets!). Hoping you’ll find peace in the weeks, months, and years to come.

  47. Diane and Rod Evink and Bryant family says:

    Phyllis And family thinking of you all through this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

  48. Denny and Cindy Mills says:

    Dearest Phyllis, Michael and Katherine,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Renny was a great man with unwavering devotion to everyone around him. His dedication to the schools and to the community will be remembered for years to come. We were honored to call him friend. Sending our love and praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

  49. David Kling says:

    I think I’ve known Renny since Mrs. Will’s fifth grade class at Allegan St. School. Renny has always been a great person to know. I will miss him. Good-bye, old friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. .

  50. Linda Douglass & Sons says:

    Phyllis and family
    I am so sorry for your loss. I liked Renny he was a nice man!
    a lot of people love you and will be there for you if you need us.
    love and prayers go out to you and your family.

  51. Sara Buchanan says:

    So sad to hear this. Such a great guy, so many great memories with the whole Ransbottom Family. Thinking of you Phyllis, Katherine, and Mike.

  52. Emily Bushouse says:

    To the Ransbottom family – I am so sorry to hear about Renny. What a loss for you and the Otsegp community. Thinking of you!

  53. Craig and Ann Russell says:

    Phyllis and family, we were so saddened by the loss of Renny. He was so commited to everything he did and he touched so many lives. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  54. Craig and Ann Russell says:

    Phyllis and family, we were so saddened by the loss of Renny. He was so commited to everything he did and he touched so many lives. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  55. Lori Ransbottom says:

    Renny was truly an amazing guy that loved his family, friends, relatives and community. He was a great father, husband, and friend that enjoyed life and gave so much of himself to the school district and education on the whole. His dedication and legacy will continue for many years to come,. I had the privilege of being a family member, I enjoyed spending time at the store sharing our many thoughts, stories, and discussions through the years. I also had the joy of the many close knit family activities we shared growing up. His love for his family was so very evident, we lost a great guy way too soon, he will be truly missed.

  56. Ron strater says:

    Renny was a good guy. I was sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy to the family.

  57. Denny and Becky Patzer says:

    Dear Phyllis and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Renny’s passing. Without a doubt, Renny was a true “Champion for Children”. He dedicated his life to serving Otsego Public Schools, as well as, the entire community of Otsego. Otsego is a better place due to our good friend.

    He was like a big brother to me, affectionately nicknamed him “Pa”. I value the numerous conversations we had while he was School Board President.

    Renny will truly be missed…you remain in our thoughts and prayers,

    Denny and Becky Patzer

  58. Jim Myers says:

    It is so sad to hear that i have lost an old friend from our school years. Good bye Ren. I am glad to have known you & spent time with you. My condolences to Phyllis & your family.

  59. Colleen Kelsey Ziemer says:

    Phyllis and and Family, So sorry to hear about Renny’s passing. Prayers are being sent your way.

  60. Bob Miles says:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Renny. Renny played football when I was coaching and he was a joy to have on the team, always saying or doing things to keep the team loose. When I would run into Renny over the past years he would always make mention of things he would have done differtly if he was the coach. We have lost a good man!

  61. Karen and Dave Howrigon says:

    Dear Phyllis, Mike and Katherine, So sorry to hear about your loss. Renny was always committed to family, work and community. He will be missed by many. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  62. Jackie Ransbottom Stack says:

    I am truly saddened on the loss of such an amazing man! My heart goes out to Phyllis, Michael and Katherine. Our community and Otsego Public Schools will never be the same without his leadership, dedication and devotion. I once visited Renny in the hospital and remember him saying, “I don’t have time for this. I have to get out of here. I have a school board meeting tonight.” And that was the truth. He didn’t miss those meetings. That was Renny. That was who he was.

    I am grateful for the many fond memories we had growing up including spending the holidays together and the great times at Clear Lake. Renny loved his family and always worked hard for them.

    Our community has lost a great man! He will truly be missed. I am honored and proud to call him my family. He will remain in our hearts forever.

  63. VanDenBerg Families says:

    So sorry to hear of Renny’s passing you are in our thoughts and prayers…

  64. Jacque Bennett says:

    I had the privilege of working alongside Renny for the last decade on the Otsego Library Board. He had a wicked sense of humor and a sweet smile. His commitment to our community is second to none. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  65. Harry Lightstone says:

    To the Ransbottom Family:

    I do not know if Renny had mentioned me, but I was one of his roommates up at Central. We lived together on and off for most of our time up at Central. We all affectionately called him Reggie. It is with deep regret that I found out about Renny’s passing from another of our roommates, Art Ayers. Needles to say, I was stunned and saddened. It seems like just a moment ago we were 18 and invincible.
    I offer my deepest condolences to the family. Renny was a good guy and a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  66. A Fly inn gal says:

    That corner will NEVER be the same. We are so sad, may your family find peace. Prayers.

  67. Sandy Maynard says:

    Phyliss and family, please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Renny was a wonderful friend to both Greg and I. Now he and Greg can spend countless hours together!!!!! Love to you all.

  68. Bart and Evelyn Steele says:

    We heard about Renny today, so sorry for your loss. Many wonderful memories of school and friendship. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

  69. john and pam oisten says:

    I will remember Renny was a great man very kind I used to stop in the store to get me and my wife pop when we went to see bill and erma tice he was always friendly he helped me get the purple Dakota pickup back when his sister in law Peggy passed a way my thoughts and prayers are with you and may god bless you and your family

  70. Venah and Guyton Ray says:

    Phyllis – I am so sorry for your loss. Renny and I go way back to when Les and my dad played softball together. We later worked together in Otsego and both supported band boosters. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time of sorrow.
    Venah Ray

  71. Jennifer Harrisob says:

    Ransbottom family

    I was so sorry to hear of Renny’s death. I had the opportunity as did many of my fellow board members from Martin and throughout Allegan County on AAESA as well as MASB events. Renny put kindness and teaching above all other things and was a great model for me as a new board member. His contribution to schools in Otsego, Allegan County, and throughout Michigan will be missed.

  72. Bill Becky Dennis says:

    We are sorry to hear of this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and communities. He will be missed dearly.

  73. John & Diane Glessner says:

    Dear Phyllis and family,

    We are very sad for you at this hard time. Renny was so devoted to OHS and our community. When we each had our class reunions last year and 4 years ago, he made a special effort to make time to give us a tour of the high school and middle school. He was so helpful and showed so much pride in his Alma Mater. May God be with you as you grieve and may your wonderful memories help to heal your sorrow. Sincerely, John & Diane Glessner

  74. Gary Wood says:

    On behalf of the Hopkins Public School District I would like to send condolences to Renny’s family. He will be remembered as an educational leader throughout the county and a champion for children. He will be missed.

    Gary Wood, Superintendent
    Hopkins Public Schools

  75. Dave Delemme says:

    I’m afraid that I didn’t know Renny very well, except when I stopped by his store every so often in Plainwell. I remember the speech he gave at the opening ceremony at the new Otsego High School, and I told him that it was a great speech straight from the heart. He seemed to be very committed to our local kids education. GOD BLESS you Renny- and may God give your family the strength to carry on.

  76. GW Gregg says:

    Renny and his family with I and my family have held down 2 corners of the 10th St and Marsh Rd intersection in Plainwell with our businesses for several years and as a result have formed a genuine friendship. All of us at Bluegrass feel sorrow and remorse from Renny’s passing because it truly hurts to lose a friend.

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