Gerald Lorenzen, 89, rural Jasper, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in his home.
A graveside service was Sunday, July 31, at the Trosky Cemetery in Trosky.
Gerald John Lorenzen was born to Herman and Maria (Oye) Lorenzen April 9, 1927, on a farm near Trosky. He was baptized in the German Lutheran Church in Edgerton. He was raised on the family farm and attended country school through the sixth grade. Upon completion of his education, he helped on the farm. When he was 17 years old, he began working for area farmers. Two years later he became employed at Connell Chevrolet in Luverne.
On Sept. 19, 1945, he married Lois Staeffler at the Methodist Church parsonage in Lake Benton. Following their marriage, they lived in Hardwick, and Gerald continued to work in Luverne. In 1947 they moved to a farm east of Jasper, and in 1950 they moved to a farm south of Jasper. Lois died Feb. 25, 2008. After her death, Gerald continued to live on the farm.
He loved to farm, especially cultivating and watching the new baby calves in the spring.
He is survived by 12 children, Judy (David) Dunn, Dodge City, Iowa, Karen (Rick) Kitto, Pipestone, Douglas Lorenzen, Jasper, Roger (Linda) Lorenzen, Madras, Oregon, Shirley (Alan) Roemeling, Paynesville, Michael Lorenzen, Jasper, Patti Frey, Brookings, South Dakota, Pamela Lorenzen, Albion, Oklahoma, Jayne (Greg) Nordang, Wood Lake, Jeffery Lorenzen, Bird Island, Joel Lorenzen, Ihlen, and Bradley Lorenzen, Jasper; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Luella Haraldson, Jasper.
He was preceded in death by his wife; infant twin daughters, Jeraldine and Jacqueline; his granddaughter, Kami Fortune; four brothers, Eldo, Alvin, Orland and Verdean Lorenzen; and four sisters, Evangeline Staeffler, Vernice Roemeling, Betty Sumption, and Alice Porter.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Pipestone, www.hartquistfuneral.com.