Island Cremations & Funeral Home ~ Merritt Island, Florida ~ 321-454-3331



September 15, 1931 - January 28, 2019

U.S. Veteran
James L. Rentz
Our dear James peacefully left this earth on January 28, 2019. Born in Glennville, Georgia, on
September 15, 1931, to Loyal and Lida Mae Rentz, James was a quiet man of integrity who was a pillar of
strength to his cherished Family.
James was a devoted Husband to his Wife, Miss Tina L. Mills of Ft. Pierce. Having recently
celebrated their 65th
wedding anniversary, theirs was a genuine love story of mutual respect, loyalty,
admiration, and devotion. James was an extraordinary Father to Cynthia (Tom) and James/“Jim
(maintaining love for his formerdaughterinlaw Vicki), and beloved and proud Grandfather to
Katherine (Grant) and James/”Jimmy(Stephanie). James was a special Brother to Syrelda Troy, and to
Wanda Masocco, who predeceased him. James will be fondly remembered by all his surviving Family,
including loving inlaws, cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as many special friends.
James was a proud Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. He enlisted in
the United States Marine Corps in 1949, where he was stationed in California and the Mediterranean.
He achieved the rank of Sergeant prior to his Honorable Discharge in 1952.
Upon his discharge from the Marine Corps, James began his professional career at Florida Power
& Light Company. Fewer men have enjoyed going to work as did James. Upon his retirement from FPL
after 36 years, James and Tina travelled this beautiful Country of ours together in their motorhome with
their trusty dog and companion, Snoopy, by their side. Never one to sit still, after a few years of travel,
James decided to return to work. He held several jobs, many keeping him in the field of electrical
transmission and distribution, until he joined Space Coast Honda about 20 years ago. James so enjoyed
the comradery he shared with their staff and meeting many customers and vendors as he continued to
drive the roads of Central Florida for them, right up until a few short months before his passing. James
provided a lesson to us all: work is good for the heart and soul!
The most precious gift to James was the time he was able to spend with us, his Family, most
especially his two wonderful Grandchildren in whom he took such pride. He spent most weekends
taking us swimming and fishing, boating and camping. Some of his most fond memories were of days
spent at Port Canaveral’s Jetty Park camping with as many of us as could possibly pile into the
motorhome! A man who could fix anything, James tried to teach us that same skill set … suffice it to say,
we won’t be as handy as he was! We are all truly blessed to have had so many wonderful years with
James and will cherish the memories we created with him at our side. We will strive to live our lives in
honor of him!
Our Family would like to thank Affordable Care at Home and Hospice of St. Francis for the
compassionate care provided to James in his final days at home. In lieu of flowers, our Family suggests a
donation to the American Cancer Society or the American Red Cross