Died: Wed., Jun. 10, 2020

Private Interment


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Jun. 20, 2020
Location: 25th Street Baptist Church

Private Services

12:00 PM Sat., Jun. 20, 2020
Location: 25th Street Baptist Church

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A Brief Sketch of Life

Charles Edward Rent, Sr. was born on March 25, 1935, to the sharecropper couple James Edward Rent and his young wife, Alma, in Cedartown, Georgia. 

In 1945, Charles moved with his family north to Indianapolis, Indiana, where they settled into a quiet Indianapolis neighborhood on North Shriver Ave.

Charles was the oldest of three sons, which included his brothers Billy and Jacob. Upon settling in Indianapolis, Charles joined 25th Street Baptist Church with his parents and brothers. His early church participation included singing with the Young Adult Choir.  It was at 25th Street that he met his future love and wife Juanita, who was herself a relatively new transplant to the area.

Charles was an apt student at Indianapolis school #87, and he continued his Indianapolis studies at Shortridge High School.  In 1953, Charles began attendance (via scholarship) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, from which he graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business  Administration.  Future family outings would include an annual visit to the I.U. campus.

Charles married Juanita Louise Baker in 1956, and from that union fathered and raised 5 sons and a daughter.  Charles and Juanita shared almost 60 years of wedded bliss, to the time of Juanita’s passing in 2016.

Charles continued to worship and serve at 25th St. Baptist Church, along with his family.  At 25th Street, Charles served as Church Finance committee chairman and Sunday School teacher and Superintendent for a number of years.

Charles worked for the Indianapolis Times newspaper and Western Electric Corporation in Indianapolis.  In early 1984, Charles and his family moved to Aurora, Illinois, where he worked for AT&T in various management roles.

In Aurora, Charles and his family attended and served Progressive Church Baptist, to which he transferred his skills in Church Finance and Sunday School teaching.

Upon moving back to the Indianapolis area, Charles and Juanita reunited with the 25th Street Baptist Church where he was ordained as Deacon, and served in various capacities, including the Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Substance Abuse Ministry.  To the day of his departure, Charles was the go to guy for anything that needed to be repaired in the church.

Charles had a variety of interests, of which fishing was key. All during his adult years, Charles would reserve his Saturdays for a full day of fishing.  In so doing, he acquired friends who shared his love of fishing, if not necessarily to same extent.

He was a devoted and faithful husband to Juanita, and a committed father to his children.  Like his wife, Juanita, Charles would, ultimately, serve as a mentor in the lives of many family and non-family members, and he served many years in the Dupage County CASA program, that recruits, trains and supports volunteer citizen advocates to effectively speak to the best interests of abused, neglected, dependent and vulnerable children in the DuPage County Court system.Charles was naturally gifted with people, and exuded quiet confidence and charisma his entire life.  He was loved and respected by his friends and family, and was well-liked and appreciated by almost everyone he met.

He leaves to cherish his memory sons, Charles, Jr. (Nelvia), Kurt (Pamela), James (Lisa), Bret, and Todd (Anita) and daughter, Catherine.  Charles’ brother, Billy survives him, his younger brother, Jacob preceding him in death last year.  Charles is also survived by a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, and nieces and nephews.


Humbly Submitted … …….Charles’ Loving Family


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Sharon & Charles Waters
   Posted Wed June 17, 2020
We are praying for the Rent Family.

Rev. Charles O. & Evangelist Eloris Nash
   Posted Wed June 17, 2020
To the family of Mr. Rent our prayers are for you in this time of grief. Please know that we are here for you, just a phone call away.

Nathaniel Banks
   Posted Wed June 17, 2020
Dear Todd, Anita and Family,

My sincere condolences of the passing of Mr. Rent. Although I only met him a couple of times, I know he was a wonderful man by watching his son. We are praying for the family to receive the comfort and peace that only our Heavenly Father can provide.

Love you all,
Nathaniel and Lisha Banks

Diana Darden Scott and Family
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
Sending my deepest condolences to my Rent family. Charles was a glue for the family and will be missed. Love you all.

Bill and Richea Dougherty
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
Dear Rent Family,

We are praying for you, lifting you up before the Father for strength. Brother Rent will be missed! We thank the Lord for Brother Rent! Love you all!

Darnell and Toya Perkins
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
Dear Rent Family,

Sending you all much love and lots of prayers during this difficult time. Mr. Rent was pure light and a joy to be around. He is truly missed. We are here for you all and will continue to be. May God continue to comfort and love you abundantly for all your days.

Love, Darnell and Toya Perkins

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