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Services Saturday for Michael A. Rentschler, 53

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Former Chesterton, IN resident, Michael A. Rentschler, passed away on July 24 in Duarte, Calif. at the age of 53.

Michael lived a life of exceptional kindness, integrity, and humor. He bravely fought a battle with AML leukemia.

Michael is survived by his two children, Kaname Rentschler, 8, and Sei Rentschler, 5, both of whom reside in Omachi, Japan. He is also survived by his mother and stepfather, Mrs. LaVerne Montague and Mr. Ron Montague, of Valparaiso, IN; as well as a brother, William Rentschler, also of Valparaiso, IN; three sisters: Susanne Rentschler-Steyer of Franklin, TN; Brenda Rentschler of Visalia, CA; Alisha Arama of Valparaiso, IN; two step-brothers: Greg Montague of Orlando, FL, Mark Montague of Chesterton, IN; a step-sister, Michelle Montague of Valparaiso, IN; two uncles, Carl J. Rentschler of Ranchos Pales Verdes, CA, and Quintin Dillinger of Porter, IN; two cousins, Paul Rentschler and Matthew Rentschler; 12 nieces, four nephews, two great-nephews and a great-niece as well as many friends and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul A. Rentschler, aunt Paula Rentschler, and both paternal and fraternal grandparents.

Michael was born on November 23, 1965, in Valparaiso and graduated from Chesterton High School in 1984. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Communications in 1989, Michael resided in Chicago, working for Aon Corp., while pursuing his lifelong passion for music. He played guitar in a variety of local bands while also producing a slew of solo recordings. In 1998, Michael moved to Los Angeles, CA, to further pursue his musical career. With a keen melodic sense, Michael’s music has been described as intricate and “Beatle-esque” and his long-time producer, Jack Wilson, lauded his recordings as “dense and textured”. The album he was recording at the time of his passing, “Urban Love’, will be released posthumously. While pursuing his musical career, he made a foray into stand-up comedy, performing at the world-famous Comedy Store, as well as the Laugh Factory in LA. Standing at 6’8”, he combined physical comedy with an observational comedy that chronicled the offbeat and the unusual of everyday life.

Michael is remembered by his friends and family for his great warmth, his tremendous humor, and his dedication to his children. There is no way to adequately express what Mike meant to us and how profoundly he will be missed.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019, at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the Funeral Home. Graveside service immediately following at Chesterton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to City of Hope, c/o Dr. Sandhu Research, 1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010, or at To leave online condolences to Michael’s family, please visit


Posted 8/7/2019





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