HOPEDALE – Former Harrison County Sheriff Rich Rensi is being laid to rest this weekend following his death at age 71.

Rensi, who is considered Harrison County’s longest-serving sheriff, served the community from 1971-96. He died at Akron General Hospital late Tuesday after suffering a heart attack at his garage in Hopedale. Funeral arrangements were being made through Blackburn Funeral Home in Hopedale with calling hours set for this Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at Hopedale United Methodist Church. Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Law enforcement officers were expected to be pallbearers at the service, including current Sheriff Joe Myers, past Sheriff Mark Miller, Det. Lt. Bill Jones, Lt. Mark Touville, Deputy Bobby Brooks and Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla.

A full story can be seen in this Saturday’s edition of the Harrison News-Herald.