July 11, 1922–September 23, 2012
|Grover Lorenzen, 90, of Olin, Iowa, died Sunday, September 23, 2012, at his home.
Funeral Services were held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at the Olin Community United Methodist Church, Olin, Iowa. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lahey Funeral Home in Olin. Burial was in the Olin Cemetery, Olin, Iowa.
Grover was born July 11, 1922 in Jones County, Iowa, the son of Louis and Margaret (Rohwedder) Lorenzen. He graduated from Olin High School in 1941. He was united in marriage to Mary Jo Miller on August 7, 1943 in Anamosa. They had two children, Sandra and Garen.
Grover was involved in 4-H, showing cattle throughout the Midwest. He had the Grand Champion Calf at the Chicago Livestock Exchange in 1942 and won Grand Champion in the 4-H Calf Club contests at the Jones County Fair 4-H Steer Show in 1942.
Grover was in business with his father, Louis and brother, Virtus for many years doing business as Louis Lorenzen and Sons. They owned and operated several acres south of Olin and a farm near Wyoming. He was a member of the Jones County Cattlemen's Association for many years, where he was president in 1970 and inducted into the Jones County Cattlemen's Hall of Fame in 1998.
He enjoyed golfing and in 1989 won the Iowa Seniors (65-69 years) Golf Champion tournament at Waterloo. He was a member of Fawn Creek Country Club in Anamosa until the last few years. In 1970 he was Vice President of the Olin Telephone Board and for thirty-eight years served on the Board of Directors, resigning in 2005. Grover was also an avid Hawkeye and Cubs fan. Grover was a quiet man but loved his children and grandchildren, and loved hearing about what they did. We will miss him deeply.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Lorenzen of Olin, two children, Sandra (Roger) Stephen of Monticello and Garen (Pam) Lorenzen of Olin; five grandchildren, Patricia (Taylor) Alsenay, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, R. Eric Hansen, Golden, Colorado, Tara (Jim) Irwin DeWitt, Chad Lorenzen (and friend Sara), Lisbon, and Heathr (Tom) Hefflefinger, Olin; eight great-grandchildren, Megan, Candace and Seth Alsenay, Katie, Kyle and Kyleen Irwin, Alyssa and Haley Hefflefinger; and a sister, Lois Fisher, Mt. Vernon. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Helen Norton, and a brother, Virtus Lorenzen.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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