William "Bill" Renwick II

Born: Fri., Dec. 27, 1946
Died: Sun., Oct. 6, 2013


Memorial Gathering

2:00 PM Sat., Oct. 19, 2013
Location: Harney County Senior Citizen Center


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William "Bill" Renwick, 66 died on Sunday, October 6, 2013.  A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Harney County Senior Citizen Center.

Contributions in Bill's memory can be made to the Harney County Senior Citizen Center or the Harney County Historical Society in care of LaFollette's Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

Bill was born Dec. 27, 1946, in Ontario, the son of Bill and Ida Renwick, and the great-grandson of J.H. and Dorcas Neal, homesteaders in the Harney Valley in the 1860s. He was a sixth-generation Oregonian, a heritage he was always proud of.

Bill was raised in Burns with his sister, Lois, and attended Burns Union High School, graduating in 1964. He spent his summers working in the hay fields. He then attended Central Oregon Community College (COCC), which was followed by service in the Army. He married his high school sweetheart, Linda Moss, and while in the Army, they moved to Bayone, N.J., and then to Brussels, Belgium. While in Belgium, Bill and Linda had the opportunity to visit much of Europe.  Following his honorable discharge, Bill and Linda returned to Burns.

Bill then returned to school at COCC, where he met his second wife, Jean Fleming. After graduating, Bill and Jean moved to Eugene, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in geography. They then moved to Corvallis, where Bill earned his master of science degree in economics from Oregon State University, making him a true platypus. Returning to Burns, Bill worked in the city planning department. During this time, Bill and Jean were able to take an extended trip to South America. Later, while living in Bend, their son, Will, was born and daughter, Casey, followed two years later. The family then moved to the Portland area, where Bill worked in the HVAC contracting industry in sales and engineering.

Bill returned to Harney County in 2004, following the death of his mother, to assist in the care of his father. Bill enjoyed his involvement in the Burns community. His unique combination of geographic and historical knowledge, economic development and love of natural resources, along with his ability to work with diverse groups of people, allowed him to bring a level of knowledge and expertise to help reach consensus on difficult issues to a large variety of organizations including: the Steens Mountain Advisory Committee, Harney County Historical Society, Harney County Senior Center, Burns City Council, Soil and Water Conservation District, Watershed Council, Harney County Cultural Coalition, High Desert Partnership, Harney District Hospital and Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.

Additionally, Bill helped to get the biodiversity fueled (pellet) furnace in the high school, as well as window upgrades for energy efficiency in all the schools. He also worked to fund the construction of the Harney County Chamber of Commerce and Community Center.

Bill was also a member of the Robert Burns Masonic  Lodge 97, Al Kader Shrine Temple, and the Lions Club International.

He is survived by son, William R. “Will” Renwick III, and wife, Nyssa, and granddaughter, Adeline; daughter, Casey Jean Renwick, all of Portland; his sister, Lois R.  Renwick, and husband, Jerry Lowe, of Myrtle Point.

Charitable donations may be made in William 's memory to the following organizations:

Harney County Historical Society

Harney County Senior Citizen Center

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Valorie Davis
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
I will miss him.

Karen Moon
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
Bill has given so much to help protect and preserve the environment of Harney County. He has served on the Harney County Watershed Council for many years and was our chairman for the past three years. He will truly be missed.

Terry Keim
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear about Bill's death. What a kind man and great asset to our community. We all have much to live up to in his memory....he was always a ray of sunshine every time I saw him.

Chuck and Lois
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
Bill was such a big part of our lives and of the community. No one will ever be able to take his place. He was one of a kind. His passing left a big empty hole in our hearts and he will be greatly missed.

Greg,Kathy,Tim Sneva
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Lois,we are so sorry to read about the passing of Bill. We pray that God will be your comfort and strength during this time. We will never forget the fun visits that we would have with Bill when ever we would be in Burns. It won't be the same. We love you,God Bless,love Kathy,Greg,Tim

Pennie and Jerry Hatlestad
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Dear Lois and Jerry, we are so sorry to hear about Bill. We are thinking about you during this time of sadness. Bill was always willing to help and I know that he will be missed by many.

Kevin Taylor
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
Bill was/is a great man and set the example of what a true public servant should be. I consider myself lucky to have known him and to have worked with him on many events. If you tried to tell him how valuable he is or what a good man he was for all the things he did/has done for the community, he would shrug it off and show such humbleness. He had a great wit, quick mind, vast knowledge, and worked himself to the bone for everyone. The community will NEVER see the like of him again. Rest in peace Bill. Slainte!

Rola Cook
   Posted Sat October 12, 2013
The weight of Bill's passing has been crushing. It seems so unfair that such a good, decent, gentle spirit should be taken so soon, I know he had so much more to give and do for all of the citizens of Harney County.

Lynette Davis
   Posted Sat October 12, 2013
Bill made a comment to me about Burns, “I love this area, and it wasn't too tough to come back. I will continue to be involved for as long as I can”. His life definitely shows that he walked the talk. He sees the positive, he is a library of information, historian, an amazing story teller, a faithful friend, an encourager and ready to help with any task. I was fortunate to know him from High School days to the present. Without his presence, coming to Burns will never be the same but I will always remember my lifetime friend. My deepest sympathy to Bill’s loved ones. We will all miss him.

Carolyn Dittli
   Posted Thu October 17, 2013
Bill was such good friend. I would have lunch with him when he was in my area. I spoke to him on the phone, approximately every two to three months, to catch up things in Burns and what was going on in our lives. He spoke often of his love for Harney County. I will miss him, my deepest sympathy to his loved ones.


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