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Renee Kehres

Renee Kehres (Fortney)

Saturday, November 9th, 1957 - Sunday, April 19th, 2020
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Renee (Fortney) Kehres, 62, passed away Sunday April 19th, 2020. She had been battling the coronavirus for several weeks.

Renee was born in Ashland, Ohio on November 9th, 1957. She was a 1976 graduate of Ashland High School, and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Ashland University, and her Master’s Degree from THE Ohio State University.

She worked several years in Columbus, Ohio with the Head Start program. She also worked for the state of Texas inspecting nursing homes while living in Houston for 13 years.

Renee is survived by her husband Ric who she married on November 17, 1990; her son, Carson; her sister, Stephanie (Fortney) Schaefer; an aunt, Theresa (Johnson), along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ross and Angie Fortney; her mother-in-law, Connie Kehres and her brother-in law, Owen Schaefer.

Renee was a very kind and caring person. She loved her pets. She enjoyed making arts, crafts and jewelry, which she sold at art shows in the Louisville area for several years. She was an avid gardener and was ALWAYS up for shopping of any kind.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held, Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the St. Edward Catholic Church, 501 Cottage Street, Ashland, Ohio with Father Rod Kreidler and Father Frank Kehres presiding. Interment will follow in the Ashland County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice in Renee’s name.

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Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Edward Catholic Church
    501 Cottage Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Interment

    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 11:30am
    Ashland County Memorial Park
    1058 US 250 North
    Ashland, OH 44805
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Arden Fitch

Posted at 01:14pm
Stephanie our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers for comfort and strength. Arden and Pat Fitch

Joe Kehres

Posted at 10:42am
Ric, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Carson. Joe and Laurie Kehres

Jodie Turner

Posted at 01:06pm
Renee's passion for love, life and laughter will always be with me. We shared a love of horses and she could always brighten my day with her wicked sense of humor. A few months ago Renee told me that "Old friends are the Best." I will miss you my dear friend and yes, "Old friends are the best."

Jeff Berry

Posted at 08:03am
To Stephanie, Rick and Carson. So sorry for loss. I will truly miss the once or twice a year I would see Renee. She was a giving and caring person. She loved to tell me about how Carson was in sports or his pod casts over the years. She was a character who’s presences will be missed and she will be in our hearts forever. Jeff and Carol Berry

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