Reverend Ralph Renner S.J.

January 26, 1939June 23, 2013

Renner, Rev. Ralph C., S.J. Baptized into the hope of Christ's Resurrection on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Dear son of the late Clifford and Dorothy Renner; beloved brother of Mary Behan, Dr. Michael Renner, Laurie Walters, and Ann Stein; our dear uncle, Jesuit brother, colleague, and friend to many. Services: Visitation at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, Grand at Lindell on Wed., June 26, 2013 from 4-7 pm followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 7 pm. Interment will follow on Thursday in the Jesuit Plot at Calvary Cemetery. If desired, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Jesuits of the Missouri Province, 4511 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. A service of HOFFMEISTER COLONIAL MORTUARY.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 26, 2013
  • Graveside Service Thursday, June 27, 2013

Reverend Ralph Renner S.J.

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Mary Ann Durso

July 20, 2013

He was my academic advisor at SLU and by listening to him and his advice, he majorly impacted and changed my career forever. He advised me to study abroad in China... he was so brilliant that he was ahead of the curve... it took others and the rest of the U.S. ten plus years to catch up with him and start going to China. I have been teaching Chinese to hundreds of students in Chicago for the past 5 years all because he advised me to study abroad in China some 15 years ago. He literally has transformed my entire career and I don't even have words to say how grateful I am that this man touched my life. I am sorry he is gone. Rest in peace. Mary Ann Durso

June 29, 2013

Fr. Ralph was a dear friend to the Bob Chunn family. We spent many wonderful holidays together, he brought much joy, humor and love to our family. Fr. Ralph Christmas celebrations will not be the same, but we know you are in a better place. Rest in peace.
Claudene Chunn

Eivor Pierre

June 28, 2013

Dear Father Renner was a wonderful person who was a great inspiration when visiting St. Louis. It was a great honour having met you.

Marie Jones-Pierre

June 28, 2013

In memory of Rev Ralph C Renner who was a wonderful person whom has helped me very much and who has been a great friend at St Louis University. Rest in peace, Father Renner, you will be missed.

June 27, 2013

Our condolences to the family of Fr. Renner especially to his sister Ann Stein, our neighbor in Prairie Village, Kansas. We are certain he will be missed by his family, the Jesuit community and the people of St. Louis. Wayne Alexander and John Braum; Prairie Village,Kansas

June 26, 2013

My condolences to all. I feel honored to have known Father Ralph. We were so happy he gave !st Communion to our daughter Natalie. Kay Jayaram

Mike Murphy

June 26, 2013

Mike and family, Sheri and I are very sorry for your loss.
Mike Murphy, SLUH '64

June 26, 2013

My sympathy to the family and friends of Fr. Ralph. He was a friend of the Simpson family for many years. I will miss his music and wonderful thought-provoking conversations. He was such a kind and humble person. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Fr. Ralph.

Scott Simon

June 26, 2013

My condolencences to the family of Fr. Renner who was my music teacher at DeSmet in 1973-74 and a very fine leader during my formative years.

Craig Roeckle

June 26, 2013

Thank you Fr. Renner for your Mentoring and support. You shaped me as a musician and a man.