James L. (Jim) Reno, age 83, of the Point Place community, passed away at Otterbein of Monclova, March 02, 2022 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on December 6, 1938, to James and Florence Reno and was a 1958 graduate of Waite High School.
Jim had a passion for working with his hands, a strong work ethic and a reputation for making sure whatever he worked on was perfect. A self-taught carpenter, he could repair or restore just about anything and was one of the finest wood finishers around – nothing gave him more satisfaction than varnishing something to a mirror-like finish. Jim was never afraid of taking on a challenge, was always available to help family and friends in need and always worked to improve whatever he worked on; his work was widely regarded and greatly appreciated by family and friends alike.
Jim retired in 2004 from the Lutheran Homes Society, where he used his jack-of-all-trade skills to maintain the community-based group homes for at-risk youth for nearly 15 years. Prior to that Jim was self-employed as a boat and home repair specialist and worked at the Inmont corporation for 20 years.
Jim spent most of his life living on or near the water in Point Place, power boating in the summer, ice boating in the winter, and building and racing remote control sailboats in the river behind his home as the founder of the Teeny-Weeny Sailing Club. He especially enjoyed fishing in Lake Erie for Walleye or Perch and hunting whenever and wherever he could for geese and duck. He was also a longtime member of both Riverview Yacht Club and The Toledo Ice Yacht Club, where he was Past-Commodore.
Jim is survived by his wife of 27 years, Nancy; daughter, Jennifer Oliver; son Jim (Kim) Reno, Bev Reno, grandchildren Greg & Grant Oliver, and Austin & Carson Reno, as well as stepchildren Nadine (Jeff) Bolduan and Chris (Ed) Kotalo and numerous step grand and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Chuck & Jack Reno, son-in-law Dennis Oliver and his beloved dog, Acy.
Services will be private. Donations can be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation, or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Arrangements entrusted to Urbanski’s Bedford Funeral Chapel 8300 Lewis Ave. Temperance, MI.
The family would like to offer a special thank you and express their sincerest gratitude to everyone at Otterbein of Monclova and Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their loving care of Jim the past 3 years; it was a long and not always easy journey, and we’re thankful he was surrounded by such wonderful and caring individuals – thank you for the special work you do every day.
Special memories and condolences may be expressed to Jim’s family by visiting…. Bedford Funeral Chapel Facebook page and www.bedfordfuneralchapel.com