Frank Leslie Rentz Jr., 92, dedicated community servant and former Smithfield councilman

Frank Leslie Rentz Jr.

Frank Leslie Rentz Jr., 92, of Virginia Beach, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Capt. Rentz was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Margaret “Peggy”; and their eldest son, Frank Leslie Rentz III.

Survivors who cherish his memory are his son, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas Reid Rentz of California, and his wife, Anne; daughter, Margaret Ann Garnham of Virginia Beach; eight grandchildren, Nicole Rentz Bergman and Warren Reid Garnham of Virginia Beach, as well as Michael Francis Rentz, Patrick Thomas Rentz, U.S. Navy Lt. Conor Reid Rentz, Katherine Anne Rentz, U.S. Air Force Capt. Dominic John Rentz and John Caws Rentz of California; nine great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Sara T. Fitchett of Norfolk.

Frank was loved greatly by all who knew him, and he loved to share a laugh. Born in Frederica, Delaware, he was a 1951 U.S. Naval Academy graduate and married Peggy in her hometown of Norfolk at Epworth United Methodist Church. He served as a naval officer for 27 years, then started his follow-on career as a nuclear quality assurance engineer. He also was a dedicated community servant; twice elected as a town councilman in Smithfield, Virginia in the late 1970s, he also served as a vestry member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.

In addition to several other volunteer roles, he particularly enjoyed participating with the National Sojourners group, visiting elementary schools to tell children the story of “building the American flag,” while dressed in colonial-era costume.

In their lifetimes, Frank and Peggy logged over 40 addresses, crisscrossing the United States several times, across the Pacific to Hawaii and back to Puerto Rico, and even overseas to the Philippines, Mexico, and Belgium. After settling into retirement, the couple resided in Winchester before landing back in Virginia Beach, where they eventually were residents at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community.

Affectionately called “PopPop” by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Frank was first and foremost a supportive and loving father and friend. He and Peggy always went above and beyond in support of their loved ones. They are both truly missed.

A private graveside service will lay him to rest next to Peggy in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. Due to current quarantine restrictions, friends and family will be invited to a memorial service at All Saints’ Episcopal Church at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the ministries of All Saints’ Episcopal Church.

Share online condolences with the family at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory.

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