David Rentz

David Rentz 1940 – 2022 NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. David Rentz died on July 17, 2022 at the age of 82, surrounded by his family in North Andover, Mass. David was born in 1940 in Detroit, Mich. and grew up in Lakeview, Mich. He studied for two years at the University of Detroit before enlisting in the US Army. David attended Army Language School in Monterey, California, where he learned Russian and Polish. He served in Germany before returning to the United States and completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Slavic languages ​​at Wayne State University and Indiana University (IU), respectively. He also holds an ABD from IU in Comparative Literature. David taught Russian at Hiram College in Ohio before moving with his family to Brunswick, Maine in 1978. David worked as a machinist and later as a documentation analyst throughout his career. David met his wife, Edith, at IU; the couple married in 1969 and remained married until their death in 2018. Although neither had roots in Maine, the couple enthusiastically embraced the lifestyle. David loved the ocean and the mountains of Maine year-round. He learned alpine skiing at the age of 50 and practiced this sport until the mid-1970s. He loved road biking and hiking and even did amateur geology. David was an avid golfer and a dedicated senior league member at Bath Golf Club. David loved to read and had a wealth of historical knowledge about WWII. He was also a jazz enthusiast. He was a strong and loving husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his son Paul, his daughter Julie, his daughter-in-law Kelley, his son-in-law Ken; and her grandchildren, Haleigh, Max and Isaac.


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