Judge Albert L. Rendlen, 87, died Nov. 23, 2009, in Hannibal, Mo. He was born in Hannibal and was educated in the public schools there.
Judge Albert L. Rendlen, 87, died Nov. 23, 2009, in Hannibal, Mo. He was born in Hannibal and was educated in the public schools there. He attended William Jewell College and received his A.B. degree from the University of Illinois. He attended Stanford & Berkeley after his induction in the Army and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan after his service in World War II.
Judge Rendlen served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946 and was in the European Theater of Operations as a rifleman with the Sixty-third Armored Infantry Battalion. He was commissioned in the United States Coast Guard as a legal officer in 1951 and served until 1970, when he retired with a rank of Commander.
Judge Rendlen was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1948, engaged in private practice in Hannibal from 1948 to 1974, and was city attorney for Alexandria from 1949 to 1952. He was appointed judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District, in 1974, and served until 1977, when he accepted an appointment to the Missouri Supreme Court. Judge Rendlen served as Chief Justice from 1983 to 1985 and retired from the Court in 1992.
Judge Rendlen is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, and two granddaughters.
He is preceded in death by one grandson.
Arrangements are with James O’Donnell Funeral Home and burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Great River Honor Flight Program in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Mo.
Online condolences may be made at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.