Roger Lorenzen

Roger Lorenzen, 66, died on Nov. 16, 2017, at St. Charles Hospital in Madras, Oregon, after a long battle with cancer.

A memorial service was Nov. 21 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madras.  Christian burial will be at a later date in Trosky.

Roger Lorenzen was born on March 26, 1951, to Gerald and Lois Lorenzen in Pipestone. He grew up in Jasper on a farm. He graduated from high school in 1969. He earned a 2-year degree in automotive mechanics from the Pipestone Area Vocational School.

Roger married Linda Goracke on Aug. 22, 1970, in Morris. He then was drafted into the military during the Vietnam War and chose to join the Army National Guard in 1971. He was honorably discharged in 1977.

Upon arrival in Oregon later in 1971 Roger lived in Madras where he worked as a mechanic for the Ford Garage for four years before moving back to Minnesota to farm again. He moved back to Madras in 1985 and worked for Palmain Auto for several years before moving on to Prince’s Auto and finally to the local Chevrolet dealership, currently Gary Gruner Chevrolet.

Roger always had a passion for working with the land and animals. In his early years he attended cattle auctions with his father to purchase calves and nurse them back to health. In his later years he raised hogs from piglets in his free time. Roger also raised piglets for youth in 4-H and was always willing to donate for a fundraiser or to people in need.

Roger was member of St. Patrick’s Church.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Lorenzen; a son, Robert Lorenzen; siblings Judy (David) Dunn, Karen (Rick) Kitto, Doug Lorenzen, Shirley (Alan) Roemeling, Patty Frey, Jayne (Greg) Nordang, Joel Lorenzen, Jeffery Lorenzen, and Bradley Lorenzen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Geraldine, Jaqueline and Pamela; and one brother, Michael.

 Arrangements were provided by Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.

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