Funeral services for Del-ward Gene Renegar, 69, were held Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in the chapel at Eu-bank Funeral Home with Max Callahan officiating.
Gene passed away on Sept. 4, 2019, in Kaufman. He was born in 1950 in Dallas 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 had 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 five IKF National Championship titles and two 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.
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.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Delward and Wanda Renegar. Donations may be made in Gene’s memory to the Salvation Army.
Pallbearers were Jack Braswell, J.W. Cuzzort, Richard Peck, Bud Sanford, Reagan Sumner and Casey Cummings.
Interment was at Ben Arnold Cemetery.