L. Irene Renken, 92, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017 at Downs, Kansas.  She was born on November 8, 1924 to Otto and Olive (Lundquist) Nelson near Scandia, Kansas.  She graduated from Scandia High School and received her BS in nursing from Nebraska Wesleyan University. 
On October 19, 1952, she married Floyd Renken and moved to their farm north of Downs.  She was a mother to five children, Kathryn, David, Daniel, Steven and Stuart.
Survivors: husband, Floyd, Downs, daughter Kathy Briscoe, Beloit, sons Steve
of Salina, Dan, Dave (Mary Lynn) Downs.  Grandchildren Sherah McCurry, Kansas City, Wade Briscoe, Seattle, Washington, Rachel Renken, Wichita, Hannah Renken, Eureka, Teah Renken, Joliet, Illinois, Alexander Renken and Shayne Renken, Downs, Briana (Drew) Ford, Louisburg, brothers, Harold (Evelyn) McPherson, Bertil (Marge) Nelson, Belleville and sister –in-law, Hazel Petty, Smith Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, Stuart, three brothers and two sisters.
Memorial Service will be held at Downs United Methodist Church at 11 AM Friday, January 13, 2017.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials to Downs UMC and Solomon Valley Hospice C/O Domoney Funeral Home, Box 127, Downs.

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