Robert F. Lorenz
June 26, 1925 — March 11, 2021
Robert F. Lorenz age 95, Loveland, Colo., passed away peacefully at his home on March 11, 2021, at 11:35 a.m. A memorial service will be held at a later date at King of Glory Lutheran Church, Loveland, Colo.
Robert F. Lorenz was born June 26, 1925, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Davenport, to Louis E. and Frances (Moravek) Lorenz. He was united in marriage to Roberta Lou (Kaufmann) in Oelwein, in 1956. Roberta passed away on Sept. 30, 2016.
Robert graduated from Davenport High School and then entered his extensive education at St. Ambrose College, Iowa State University, (BS, CE Civil Engineering), Midland University (BS, Math, Physics) and Central Lutheran Seminary (now the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) (MDiv) in 1952. He completed Chaplaincy training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1978.
Beginning in 1952, Bob’s ministry calls included Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pleasant Valley, First Lutheran Church, Algona, and St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Clinton, where he also served as Chaplain at the Jane Lamb Hospital. He was Interim Pastor at a dual Parish of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley and Zion Lutheran Church in Princeton. His last parish was Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Vinton where he was also Chaplain to the Iowa Braille School and the Virginia Gay Hospital.
After retiring from active ministry, Bob and Bobbie moved to Loveland, Colo., in 1983 to begin their active retirement lives. Robert was a member of the program committee of
Foothills Gateway Rehabilitation Center. He was a charter board member of the Loveland Habitat for Humanity, a board member of “The Kitchen” in Loveland and was instrumental in expanding its outreach.
He is survived by his daughters: Debra Ann Hendrickson (Scott) and Sara Lynn Gooder (Gary). Seven granddaughters, two grandsons and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bobbie on September 30, 2016 and by his eldest daughter Rebecca Lou (Becky) in 2014. Rebecca was a special needs child who was born with Cerebral Palsy. He was also preceded in death by his son, Mark John Lorenz on May 20, 2020.
Viegut Funeral Home, Loveland Colo., is in charge of services.