Richard Lorenzen

Richard Lorenzen, age 76, of Linn Grove, died Sept. 8, 2016 at his home.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Linn Grove. Burial was in the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.

Richard Carl “Rich” Lorenzen was born March 1, 1940 in Sioux Rapids, the son of Floyd and Lucille (Herrig) Lorenzen.

Rich was baptized and confirmed as a Lutheran. He attended school at Highview until the 6th grade, and then moved to Comfry, Minn., where he graduated from the high school there in 1958.

On Dec. 20, 1958, Rich was united in marriage to Edna Knudtson in Comfry, Minn. Rich worked in Springfield, Minn. for Englin Construction from 1958 to 1960. They then moved to Sioux Rapids, where he worked for Phil’s Gas Station from 1960 to 1961. In 1961, they moved to Linn Grove, where Richard started working for Merle Bertness as a hired farm hand until 1963; At which time, he started farming for himself in the Linn Grove area and continued until completion of harvest in 2009. Together, Rich and Edna were blessed with two children: Angie and Mitch.

Farming was a longtime passion of Rich’s. He was known for his ability to take anything apart and put it back together. This led to his joy of working on and restoring old cars. Later in life, Rich obtained a love for the air. He could often be found flying his plane and made sure his grandchildren experienced the view from above.

With family being the utmost importance in his life, Rich will be deeply missed by his wife, Edna Lorenzen of Linn Grove; daughter, Angie (Mark) Nielson of Albert City; grandchildren: Sven, Suneva and Thor Nielson; brothers: Gordy (Karen) Lorenzen of Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Larry (Sherry) Lorenzen of Minneapolis, Minn.; sisters: Pat (Jerry) Carter of Belleville, Ill.; Carol (Ron) Roiger of Appleton, Minn.; many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Rich was preceded in death by his son, Mitch Lorenzen; parents, Floyd and Lucille; sister, Glenda Taylor-Huston; and parents-in-law, Floyd and Lilly Knutdson.