He was 90 years of age.
Services and burial will be at 10 a.m. (MST) Friday, Aug. 8, at Prairie Haven Memorial Park Chapel in Hobbs, N.M., under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.
He was born July 3, 1924, in Cottonwood Falls, Kan., the youngest of five children of LeRoy A. and Cora A. Renchler.
He has been a resident at Hubbard Creek Lake in Breckenridge, since 1987, having moved there after retirement from Llano, Inc., a gas pipeline company in Hobbs, N.M., where he had been employed for many years.
He served in the US Navy during World War II, from April, 1943, until November, 1947.
After boot camp at Farragut, Idaho and training at Norman, Okla., he earned the rank of Aviation Machinist's Mate.
He then served in the Atlantic and Caribbean areas with an anti-submarine patrol unit, stationed at San Juan, Puerto Rico.
After the war, he served with a squadron giving flight training to cadets of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, until his discharge from the service in 1947.
He was a member of several coin collector's clubs over the years, a life member of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, and a member of his hometown Emporia, Kan, Masonic Lodge continually since 1954.
He was an ordained Deacon and Elder of the Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Vera Renchler, of Topeka, Kan.
; a son, Ronald Renchler and wife Christy McMannis, and granddaughter Elizabeth Ann Renchler of Eugene, Ore.; son, Robert (Skip) Renchler and wife Terry Keim of Hines, Ore.; son, Robin (Rob) and wife Michelle Renchler, of Temple; grandson, Kelly Koontz of Albuquerque, N.M.; the children of his deceased companion, Patsy and husband Gary King of Norman, Okla.; Mike and Julia Gallagher of Las Cruces, N.M.; Molly Gallagher of New Orleans, La.; the children of each of them; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his longtime companion, Elaine Gallagher; his parents; sisters Audie Renchler, Alma Hurst and Clara Braswell; and by his daughter Terri Koontz.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Robert L. Renchler may be sent by check payable to Scott & White Health Care Foundation, 2401 S. 31st St., Temple TX 76508 (memo: Temple Continuing Care Hospital).
Online condolences may be made to: www.griffinfuneralhomehobbs.com