(July 11, 2014) – Perry Renn and his sister, Sherri, were born just 15 months apart.
And they were close—sometimes best friends, sometimes bitter rivals.
Family friend Sabrina Young told mourners more about their sibling rivalry during Renn’s funeral Friday, when she read a letter from Sherri to her brother.
“We were always competing as kids to see who could run the fastest, be the strongest, or be the first to do something new,” Young read from the letter. “He also got to turn 50 before me, and now he got to meet the maker before me.”
His sister wrote that Renn helped others and made time for his family.
“I am so very proud of the man that my brother was. How he helped his neighbors, how compassionate and caring he was with animals and how he always took time to visit and do things with my children, grandchildren and me when we would come to Indiana for a visit each summer.”
His sister wrote that Renn “put on a tough exterior,” but there was much more to him than that.
“Looking at the things he has done shows the kind and gentle spirit he truly was. I will miss my brother dearly, but will try to find comfort in knowing that while he was with us, he made a true difference in the world.”
Young also read a letter from Renn’s mother, Phyllis, dated July 7, 2014, at 2:30 a.m.
“He was a hero in this life fighting for life and justice. He was idealistic,” Young said, quoting the letter. “Perry I am so proud of you. I will always love you. I can hardly wait to see you again in your perfect body and your radiant smile.
“I see you romping among brightly colored flowers, the greenest grass and bluest sky where nothing withers and dies. There are no tears, only perfect joy.”