Charles M. “Rocky” Renneisen, 89, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Charles M. “Rocky” Renneisen, 89, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, died Wednesday, November 13, in Chattanooga. He was born in Jasper February 4, 1930, to C.M. and Rose Bockting Renneisen. He married Phyllis Pfeffer June 12, 1958, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.
Rocky was a 1948 graduate of Jasper High School where he played baseball, ran track and cross country, and was student manager for the basketball team. He played semi-pro baseball for a number of years with the Jasper Reds and was a member of the 1953 Jasper Reds I-K (Indiana-Kentucky) League champions. Longtime Jasper Reds player and manager Tom Alles says of Renneisen, “Rocky was a man of great integrity and a reliable friend. Although I never got to see him play, a number of his contemporaries have mentioned his great speed and tremendous competitive spirit. He supported the Jasper Reds for many years and followed the team’s progress each season and he drove up from Chattanooga each year to attend our team reunions.”
Rocky served as a Fire Control Seaman in the U.S. Navy and in the education field as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He studied at Michigan State, Indiana University, and Ball State University. He taught math and coached at Wolcottville (Indiana) High School, taught math and coached at St. Mary’s High School in Anderson, was head resident adviser at Michigan State University, was dean of students at Virginia Commonwealth University, dean of men at St. Louis University, and served as chancellor for student affairs at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis Pfeffer Renneisen; one son, Eric Renneisen and wife Elizabeth; four daughters, Rachael Renneisen, Amy Fawcett and husband Brian, Karen Cicala and husband John, and Kay Hughes; and five grandchildren, Tyler, Kelly, and Kyle Fawcett, and Roman and Grayson Hughes.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by six brothers, Bob, Bill, Tom, Jim, Dan, and Frank Renneisen, and one sister, Rosemary Renneisen.
His body was donated to the University of Tennessee Medical School and there will be no visitation or service.