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Renninger's Farm Loses a Friend

Well-known farm fixture Red Cloud passed away recently.

If you've ever visited Renninger's Farm, you've probably met Red Cloud, the huge red-and-white steer that lived there. 

Red Cloud, who the Renningers believe was 15 years old, passed away at the farm on November 17th, and is clearly missed by many of the farm's visitors. 

Red Cloud might have weighed a ton and stood 6 feet 3 inches, but Jennie Renninger told Patch in an email that he followed her father Jay around the farm like a puppy. 

"He became my father's trusty companion," Renninger wrote. "He would come when he called and cock his head to listen when you spoke to him."

Red Cloud loved cookies, pretzels, cantaloupe and pumpkins. Renninger also said that one summer, Jay counted that Red Cloud ate over 100 ears of corn.

Comments on Renninger's Farm's Facebook page show how well-known Red Cloud was among the farm's visitors. Several commenters said the farm won't be the same without him.

"We always loved coming to the farm and seeing him," commented Pearl Rathman. 

"Red Cloud was the first one I looked for when I visited the farm," wronte Amanda Keener. 

"He was a special part of the family and will be missed," Jennie Renninger said. 

henry eroh December 04, 2012 at 02:43 PM
what did they do with him ?
Carol A. Renninger December 05, 2012 at 01:19 PM
We buried him on our farm the day he died with the help of Dave Simon, better known as "Simon The Plowman". We have a "RED CLOUD" size "tomb" stone to mark his grave. He is buried in the spot where he loved to rest and watch the activities of the farm, but was always ready to get up & visit people who greeted him & his herd mates at the feed trough,probably hoping they had some treats to feed them. We miss our gentle giant. J.&C.
Ruth December 05, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I am sorry that I did not know "RED CLOUD." You loved him so much that you gave him the burial that he would have wanted. He lived a long time. I lived on a ranch when I was a girl. I raised a calf when he was born. His Mother died at birth. We were all so sad because we loved his Mother, as well. I asked my father if I could raise him and he said, "Yes." I bottle fed him and raised him into a beautiful steer.
Terry Shirey December 06, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Terry Shirey Red Cloud you will be sorely missed by your friends. What fun it was to feed you the husks from the corn during the summer months. You were the biggest lovebug.

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