Peter Osborne Renebome passed away peacefully on April 1, 2017 at the age of 86. Peter was born in San Francisco, California to Robert and Dorothea Day Renebome. His father Robert was tragically killed in the first crash of a United Airlines jetliner near Cheyenne, WY in 1934. Peter grew up in the Saint Francis Woods neighborhood of San Francisco, under the watchful eyes of his doting mother Dorothea and stepfather Arthur C. White. Although raised a city boy, Peter was never deterred from his life-long dream to be a cowboy.
After graduating from Lincoln High School, Peter attended college at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, taking classes in animal husbandry. Taking a cue from fellow students, he found summer work on a ranch near Jiggs, Nevada, where seasoned ranch hands showed him the ropes. When the cowboys made plans to head to California and try their luck on the rodeo circuit, Pete was up to the task. With a choice of rodeo’s to attend that weekend in 1952, the men flipped a coin. The toss of that coin forever changed Pete’s life. It was in King City, California that he fell in love with a dark haired cowgirl who captured his heart at first sight. Peter Renebome and Joyce Martins were later married on March 1, 1953 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salinas, CA.
Peter was an only child, but he married a woman who was the youngest of eight siblings and gained a loud boisterous Irish/Portuguese family who welcomed him with open arms. Growing up during the Great Depression, Peter learned the value of a dollar and gained a strong work ethic. He maintained a disciplined philosophy and instilled in his children and grandchildren the importance of working your way to the top of whatever mountain or obstacle is put in front of you. Peter was usually a quiet man, unless the Giants, Forty-Niners or the Sacramento Kings were on television. Then you could hear him throughout the house. Until his later years, however, he was never in the house. You could find him in the barn, out in the pasture with one of his prized Saler Bulls, scratching one of his beloved dogs behind the ears, fixing a broken pipe, mending an old fence, or building a new one. There was always something to build or mend on the ranch.
Throughout his life, Peter held many titles and wore many hats. From ranch hand and rodeo cowboy on the pro-rodeo circuit of the early 1950s, to a steady job driving truck when his babies were born, to opening Renebome Ready Mix, a small concrete, sand and gravel plant in Salinas, to raising purebred Saler beef cattle on his ranches in Corning and Galt, Peter lived his dream, made ends meet, and did it all with Joyce by his side. In his later years, he liked to travel. He took Joyce on a Baltic cruise and the couple even flew to Moscow and toured Red Square. They loved their trips to Cabo San Lucas, Lake Tahoe, Washington,
D.C. and Hawaii.
Peter was a wonderful father, husband and grandfather who worked hard for everything and never had an easy path. His words were not always kind, but they came from his heart to instill character and build confidence and courage in the lives of those he loved. Peter suffered with a genetic disability known as Usher’s Syndrome, which affects both eyes and ears. When Peter’s failing eyesight and loss of hearing made it impossible to stay on the ranch with the cattle, the couple found a new home and a new life when they moved to Woodbridge by Del Webb in Manteca, CA.
Blind and deaf, Peter found a new hobby making birdhouses using his fingers as eyes to guide the saw, hammer and nails in his hands. His disability also never stopped him from speaking his mind about politics, crooks or sports. Through it all, for more than 64 years, his loving and just-as-strong-willed wife Joyce, was by his side. Love, respect, faith, God and hard work were the values that bonded their marriage, kept them together through good times and bad and helped guide their children and grandchildren. Peter is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Renebome; his three children, Debra (Dave) Ristau, Jeff Renebome and Cheri Little. He was an admired grandfather to Josh, Marti, Ryan and Crystal. Peter was also blessed with five great-grandchildren, Jessie, Mikayla, Dylan, Ellie and Cliff.
Per his wishes, services are private. Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Hospice organization of your choice.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, April, 8, 2017