In Memory of Glenn R Lorenzen

Glenn R Lorenzen
Glenn R Lorenzen
Born: August 9, 1927
Died: February 20, 2015
Age: 87
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Glenn R Lorenzen
August 9, 1927 - February 20, 2015
From: Ida Grove, IA
Glenn R. Lorenzen, age 87, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015 at Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at the Silver Creek United Methodist Church of rural Galva, Iowa. The Reverend Kristin D. Boysen will officiate. Burial will be in the Galva Township East Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the Dibbern Post No. 454 of the American Legion both of Galva, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 23, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to  

Glenn R. Lorenzen was born on August 9, 1927 in the Silver Creek Township, Iowa to Clifford and Lulu (Clapsaddle) Lorenzen. He attended country school and graduated from Ida Grove High School in 1944. Glenn enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945. The highlight of his service years, was being chosen to play football for the Army when stationed in Austria, Germany. He also played tackle when he was in high school, fellow team mates described him as “an excellent tackle and huge asset to the team”.

After the war, Glenn returned home to the farm. Glenn started taking flying lessons and enjoyed piloting his small plane until air time interfered with golfing. Eventually Glenn owned his own farm and built a new house with the help of his brothers. His unique and creative mind also designed and built his own nine hole golf course, with three golf greens on his homestead, so friends and family could come to play golf young and old. He even held tournaments. Glenn also designed and created an auger system for feeding cattle on the farm.

Glenn married Leatrice Joy on August 30, 1969 in Cushing, Iowa. Leatrice taught school in Odebolt, Iowa, so the couple enjoyed traveling around the U.S in the summer time in their camper. They traveled to Canada for the fishing and golf courses and to Alaska. The couple also made a trip back to Austria, Germany.

Glenn built a home in Sun Lakes, Arizona in 1980, so that he would be able to play golf all year round. He was a champion in both Arizona and Iowa. Leatrice passed away unexpectedly on December 3, 2000. Glenn enjoyed playing cards and met Elaine Rush from the Kansas City area while playing bridge in Arizona.

The couple married on August 17, 2002.  The couple continued to split their time between Arizona and Iowa. They enjoyed camping, fishing and going on cruises to the Panama Canal, Hawaii, and Alaska. Glenn also like ISU sports.

No matter where the couple were at they found a church family. Glenn was very supportive of the Silver Creek United Methodist Church to keep it going for the young farm families.

Glenn was a very patriotic and conservative man. The couple was also associate members and active in the Sun Lake Methodist Church in Arizona.

Glenn was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, but that did not slow him down, he remained active especially going out to the farm and golfing. The “old Timers” was the last thing he gave up but he never lost interest. Always asking to know the corn and bean market and the latest golf scores.

He liked playing cards with his family and Elaine at Golden Horizons and up to the last days before he left Morningside Health Care Community with the flu and complications.

Glenn will be remembered as a kind, caring, generous, gentleman, who loved his Lord, family and the golf course.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Elaine Lorenzen of Ida Grove, Iowa; step children, Linda Rush of Fort Worth, Texas; Kathy (Jim) Ingram of Lenexa, Kansas; David (Libby) Rush of Springfield, Missouri; three step grandchildren and one step great grandchild; brothers, Marvin (Phyllis) Lorenzen of Ida Grove, Iowa; Marc (Gleneva) Lorenzen of Arthur, Iowa; aunt, Hazel (Lorenzen) McCollough of Holstein, Iowa; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces, great nephews, family and friends.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Leatrice Lorenzen, and sister Verna Letson.


10:30 a.m., Tuesday,
February 24, 2015

Silver Creek
United Methodist Church
Galva, Iowa


Reverend Kristen D. Boysen


Bruce Lorenzen
Bob Lorenzen
Ron Lorenzen
Scott Lorenzen
John Currie
Jim Irwin

Honorary Pallberares:
Dick Lorenzen
Lee Forney
All His Nieces and Nephews


4:00 p.m. to7:.00 p.m., Monday,
February 23, 2015

Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Laurie Currie, Pianist
Laura Kittinger, Vocalist

Vocalist Selection:
"Amazing Grace"

Congregational Hymns:
"In The Garden"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Galva Township East Cemetery
Galva, Iowa

Military Rites:
Dibbern Post No. 454
of the American Legion
Galva, Iowa


Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM
“To the Family of Glenn R Lorenzen. I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one, Glen. I hope you find comfort in God's future of paradise, where you can see him again. Revelation 21:4: "God will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more....., Sincerely, Kristy”
- Kristy R
Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 3:59 PM
“To Elaine and the family of Glenn Lorenzen,
Our heartfelt sympathy to you in the death of Glenn. I'm sure he will be greatly missed, but your comfort is in knowing that he is safely in the arms of our Heavenly Father. I'm sure you have many memories which you will cherish. God's Blessings to all of you. Joan & Leon”
- Joan K. Petersen
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:23 PM
“Our sincere sympathy to the Family of Glenn Lorenzen. Enjoyed playing cards at Golden Horizons when he
was there. May your memories help you through the tough times.
- Robert & Shirley Ruser
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