Michael L. Render

Michael L. Render

October 20, 1947 – February 5, 2023

VISITATION: Wednesday, February 8th, 5pm, with 7pm VIGIL at West Center Chapel.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, February 9th, 11am, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5912 S. 36th St.

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Interment: Calvary

Michael L. Render, of Omaha, passed away on February 5, 2023, with his loving wife of 45 years at his side. He was the oldest of 4 boys. Michael was born in Atlantic, IA on October 20, 1947, to Hugh and Jessie Render. He is survived by his wife Laura; brothers Doug and Larry Render; brother-in-law John Garner and his wife Deb; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Jessie Render; and his brother Steven Render.

Michael worked various odd jobs while in high school. He graduated from Atlantic High School in 1965 and continued working to put himself through college at Iowa State University, receiving his BA in journalism. He then moved to Omaha to work for Inland Mfg., while pursuing his post-graduate education at the University of Nebraska Omaha.   Michael graduated with a master’s degree in biology. Before he attained his master’s, he began working at Happy Hollow Country Club, first as a waiter, then moving up the ladder to assistant manager. Eventually, he took a position as a letter carrier and retired from the US Postal Service after 27 years of service.

Michael and Laura met while they were both attending UNO, and were married on June 4, 1977, in Atlantic, IA at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Even though they had no children of their own, they enjoyed time spent with their nieces and nephews.

Michael’s hobbies were genealogy and gardening. He was an avid gardener, so much so that he became a master gardener. At one point in time, he belonged to 5 different garden clubs in Omaha. For approximately 25 years he chaired the sales committee for the Omaha Men’s Garden Club. Their annual plant sale netted profits for donations to the Nebraska Extension Office, and also to the Arboretum and other gardening projects, including 4-H.

The family of Michael Render wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at The Emerald Care Center. For almost a year you lovingly took care of Michael. When he was put in hospice during his last few weeks, it was not easy seeing him decline so rapidly. But the expertise, compassion, and kindness he received from those of you affiliated with Asera Care Hospice, made our pain (and Michael’s) much more bearable. We will forever be grateful to all of you.


  • CIndy Brison Posted February 6, 2023 12:56 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss of Michael. He was an incredible person and lit up a room when he smiled. He will be greatly missed. May God wrap his arms around all of you. Sending prayers.

  • Steve & Debbie Lentz Posted February 6, 2023 1:16 pm

    Debbie and I both worked with Mike at Happy Hollow. He was hard working, smart and nice!
    Our prayers to all the family.

  • Linda Wilkie Posted February 7, 2023 9:06 am

    Your friends of the Greater Omaha Iris Society offer our condolences. Michael was a dear member for many years and inspired a generation of gardeners with his knowledge and love of all things growing. May he find peace and joy as he walks in God’s heavenly gardens.

  • Della L DeKay Posted February 9, 2023 11:10 am

    I just learned of Mike’s passing today. I knew him in Atlantic and he was one of the nicest people I’ve known. Please let me know where I can make a donation in his memory.

    Della Taylor DeKay

  • James pape Posted February 11, 2023 1:57 pm

    I miss Michael a lot because I enjoyed talking to him. He always had different stories to tell, especially the tales from the post office. I hope you are getting along ok. Thinking of you. Please call when you can. Jim

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