June 19, 1950 – September 4, 2019
Funeral service for Delward Gene Renegar, 69, will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at Eubank Funeral Home, Max Callahan officiating.
Gene passed away on September 4, 2019 in Kaufman, TX. He was born in 1950 in Dallas, TX to Delward Denson and Wanda Lee Renegar.
Raised in Dallas, Gene graduated from Samuell High School in 1968. He graduated from SMU with undergraduate and MBA degrees in 1973. He worked for Ford Motor Company and IBM before starting his own company. He was a licensed professional race car driver, karting driver and held a B Class soccer coach license. He has lived in Canton since 2001.
Gene was a member of Texas International Drivers Association, International Karting Federation, World Karting Association, Karters of America Racing Triad, Kappa Alpha Order of SMU, and Texas First Families. He was a published poet.
Husband, father and grandfather were his most treasured titles, but Gene excelled in each of his own personal pursuits. He and his father developed a winning race program in the karting world, gathering 5 IKF National Championship titles and 2 WKA National Championships. Gene built from the ground up his TIDA car and race program - twice, due to a hauler malfunction and fire on the way to a race with the first car. Retiring from his own race career, he began teaching his sons the art and science of racing, resulting in both sons winning their own National karting championship titles. His pride once again was evident as his daughter achieved each of her educational degrees and successes in the medical profession. His life was full of adventures away from the racetrack as well, being the consummate fan of Canton High School band championships, football and basketball games as well as coaching several youth soccer teams in Garland, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Renegar; daughter, Leslie Renegar Hatcher and husband, Michael; sons, W. Travis Renegar and wife, Claire, and Peter Renegar and his fiancé, Jamie; grandchildren, Jackson, Erikson, Violet, Avely and Elowen; future grandchildren Konnor, Paisley and Paityn; sister Pam Renegar Garner; nieces Andrea Garner, Alysha Garner, Lindsay Williams and Chelsey Prater; brother-in-law Robert King and many other family and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, Delward and Wanda Renegar. Donations may be made in Gene's memory to the Salvation Army.
Family will receive visitors and friends at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Jack Braswell, J.W. Cuzzort, Richard Peck, Bud Sanford, Reagan Sumner and Casey Cummings.
Interment will be at Ben Arnold Cemetery.
- Visitation Monday, September 9, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, September 9, 2019
September 8, 2019
I was a late comer to karting. I started racing quarter midgets in 1956 and did not move into karting until 1968. It was probably a year afterwards that I began to run road races. That is where and when I was introduced to the Renegars. Joe was the IKF governor for this division of the country and Gene was the driver of their “rocket”. All I can remember about those days is that usually Gene was in his own race. He was an excellent driver with lightning fast equipment, thus when the green flag dropped, he was gone! I had my hands full in the class I ran but was grateful that I did not have to try to compete against Gene and Joe. I am so glad that Gene also shared these kinds of experiences with his boys. I feel very fortunate to have reconnected with Gene and Karen just this past December at a mini-reunion of old karting roadracers (or enduro racers as we old timers know it). We had so much fun seeing each other again and telling stories after stories. I was really looking forward to seeing Gene and Karen again at our next get together. We will meet again but it won’t be quite the same without Gene. Race on, my friend. I look forward to meeting up with you later in that better place you are in . I hope you will have a racecar ready for me when I get there.
September 7, 2019
I first became acquainted with Gene during his championship karting days in the mid-1960s. I always admired his accomplishments and his friendly demeanor. He and his dad teamed up to produce a winning formula in a very competitive sport.
Some years later I again reconnected with him during his TIDA racing days and subsequently when he was once again involved in karting with his sons. To my surprise, within the last year I had a wonderful phone conversation with Gene, thanks to a former karting friend who called me from a Mazda race and put Gene on the line.
Being a little over a year older than Gene, his passing reminds me of the great memories I have of my own life and the importance of making the most of the what remaining days we may have.
Rest in peace, my dear friend, and my sincere condolences to your family.
San Antonio, TX
September 7, 2019
One of my best friends at John B. Hood and W.W. Samuell. In high school, Gene Renegar, Billy Gunn, David Beckham and I were known as “The Fantastic Four”. Well at least among ourselves.
We had great times in our youth and early married and parent lives.
Gene loved speed, as in fast. He lived his life “fast and furious “. He could drive the heck out of a car and gocart .
Gene will always be remembered as one of my best buddies.
May Jesus be with Gene and his family.
September 7, 2019
Brother you are so missed. This earth will never be the same. God called our hero home. You have crossed the ultimate finish line a winner and hero . You have always gone above and beyond to help your family by being there no matter what was going on. We may have fought but made it back on track after Mom died. Going to miss talking business with you., family matters and what was going on in our lives. You we so excited about you grandkids, Peter's upcoming marriage, and all of us getting together to hit Port Aransas when things get put back together.
Race on brother those golden streets dont have a limit.
Love you more than you will ever know. Give Mom and Dad a huge hug for me and save a place when we are all back together.
Always in my heart.
your little sister
September 6, 2019
Gene was my cousin we played Army in dump truck at my dad's gas station and my grandad big hole on his land with pigs,chickens,mules and corn fields in Waco. His dad Joe gave me a go kart and I loved it my dad Eddie made me a track behind the gas station. I loved it.
I wasn't a go kart racer but loved to watch him in Waco. Mr.Joe and Gene
We're great even won the National.
He was a great kid,father,and friend of mine that I loved as family. God be with you and have a great time with your Mom & Dad, and all of our Families see
When I get there with all of Y'all!!!!
KAREN AND CHILDREN, I mean grown kids and families, Gene was a great bullshiter, but cool guy. JR. AMEN