Melvin Lyle Renn

Melvin Lyle Renn, 81, passed away at his home in Newport News, Virginia on June 16, 2024.

Mel was born in Portsmouth Naval hospital and was raised in Newport News, Virginia. His education included graduating from Warwick High School and 

Old Dominion College (ODU). His early career was in the Hampton School system where he coached athletics and taught driver’s education. He subsequently went to work for the ILA where he retired in 2001. Mel was well known for his athletic abilities. He played high school and college baseball and continued to play fastpitch softball until he was in his 50’s. He was also an avid golfer and played for many years while spending winters in Florida and at Kiln Creek golf club.

Melvin is survived by his wife Marsha L. Renn of 23 years; sons Melvin Renn, Jr., Bubba Renn  (wife Teresa); stepsons, Steve Linkous, Sean Linkous; sister Janet Biege and brother-in-law Rich Biege; granddaughters, Kayla  Renn Filipak (husband Andrew), Shelby Renn; grandsons Jared Renn, Patrick Linkous; great granddaughter, Avery Filipak; and nephew Louis Bain.

A special thanks goes out to the numerous caregivers and Heartland Hospice that gave Mel such good care throughout his illness for the last 2 years.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Peninsula Funeral Home,11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association,


  1. Mary

    Condolences from your Utah family, the Woodward’s and the Miner’s. We are saddened to hear this news. It is never easy to say good-bye to a parent. We will have you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Paul and Mary Woodward & family
    Ed and Kathy Miner & family

  2. Bobby and Sandy Faison

    Bobby and I are so sadden to hear of Mel passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you Marsha and family. RIP our dear friend.

  3. Ross (Kim) & Gail Jones

    Melvin and I were cousins; to me, he was my big brother. In my early years in Little League Baseball, he would work with me on all the fundamentals. I watched him play baseball and fast-pitch softball for quite some years. Melvin was a power hitter and an amazing infielder. We would go fishing in the reservoir near their home on Saunders Rd. In the winter we would occasionally venture out on the ice. Our parents were always best of friends. Wonderful memories of great times. Much Love Always.

  4. Mary And, Vernon Vann

    Marcia and family
    Vernon and I are so sorry in your loss of Mel. Our hearts go out To you and your family, our prayers are with you.

  5. Mary and Vernon Vann

    Marsha and family
    Our deepest condolences in the loss of Mel. Our hearts and prayers go out to you
    And family. Rest in peace Mel🙏

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