Longtime chiropractor, newspaper carrier dies
To his 550 Cedar Ridge-area customers, who picked up the paper each morning, Marshall Renbarger was an invisible but vital connection to the world.
To those with aching backs, necks and other joints, he was a lifesaver.
But from the moment his wife first saw him, Marshall Renbarger was a soul mate.
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City for Mr. Renbarger, who died Thursday, Jan. 29. He was 88.
“When we first met, it was like we were best friends,” said Erika Renbarger, who shared her husband’s love for traveling and quirky sense of humor.
They also shared a common spiritual focus, sharpened in each of them long before they met at a convention in San Jose over a quarter-century ago.
Both practiced meditation and visited India many times to better explore the ancient practice.
“It gave us an instant bond,” she said.
The couple moved from the San Jose area to Grass Valley in 1989, where Mr. Renbarger opened a chiropractic practice out of the couple’s Rattlesnake Road home. While her husband tended to patients, Erika Renbarger ran the office.
“He really did love it,” Erika Renbarger said of her husband’s work. “It made him good to help people.”
In the evenings, the couple teamed up to distribute hundreds of copies of The Union to their neighbors along Rattlesnake Road and surrounding areas. When the paper switched to a morning publication cycle in 1999, the couple’s days began before dawn, as Mr. Renbarger brought the news of the world to new and long-standing customers in the neighborhood around their home, while Erika distributed copies in the Banner Mountain area.
Erika Renbarger was still delivering papers Wednesday, less than a week after her husband’s death. She said she plans to keep going.
“He and his wife together, they were quite a team,” said Alisa Johnson, The Union’s sales and retention manager and former home delivery manager. Johnson said he never complained and was always eager to help.
“It was very nice to have him as a friend,” Erika Renbarger said, “and I miss my friend.”
Mr. Renbarger was a Michigan native, one of seven children born to Ethel and Ellis Renbarger.
Before establishing his own chiropractic firm, he worked in management for Whittaker Controls in Los Angeles, an aerospace firm.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, David Renbarger of San Jose and Susan Green of Salinas; two grandchildren; three stepchildren; and five step-grandchildren.
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