In Memory of Marvin D. Lorenzen

Marvin D. Lorenzen
Marvin D. Lorenzen
Born: July 5, 1929
Died: August 14, 2019
Age: 90
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Marvin D. Lorenzen
July 5, 1929 - August 14, 2019
From: Ida Grove, IA

Marvin Duane Lorenzen, age 90, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at the MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 19, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Chad Lierman will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Galva Township Cemetery East of Galva, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2019, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Masonic Service conducted by the Alpine Lodge #471 A.F. & A.M. will be held at 4:00 p.m. following the visitation. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Marvin was born July 5, 1929, to Clifford and Lulu (Clapsaddle) Lorenzen in rural Ida County, IA.  He was baptized October 13, 1929 and confirmed June 1943 at the Silver Creek Methodist Church.  He attended country school and graduated from the Ida Grove High School with the class of 1947, participating in football and basketball.  He attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls for a time.  

On July 11, 1950, he married Phyllis Peters at Wheatland Presbyterian Church at rural Breda, IA.  They were blessed with five children - Ann, Laurie, Bruce, Kristin and Susan.   

Marvin and Phyllis raised their family on a farm south of Arthur, Iowa.  They were members of the Arthur United Methodist Church for many years.

Marvin was dedicated to farming.  He loved farm life and working with his son.  He continued to actively farm until the last couple of years.

Marvin and Phyllis moved to Ida Grove in 1993.  They joined the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove where he was an active church member. He especially enjoyed serving on the planning committee when the new fellowship hall was built.  Marvin also enjoyed being a part of the Masonic Lodge in Arthur and later Holstein.    

Marvin is survived by his wife, Phyllis and five children: Ann (Paul) DeNeui of Tulsa, OK, Laurie (John) Currie of Odebolt, IA, Bruce (Sandy) Lorenzen of Arthur, IA, Kristin (Harvey) Flewelling of Superior, CO and Susan (David) Fisk of Fredrick, CO.  Also surviving are 13 grandchildren: Jeremy DeNeui, Luke (Sarah) DeNeui, Hope (Brandon) Ellis, Bethany DeNeui, Steven (Chelsey) Currie, Mark (Angie) Currie, David (Kelly) Currie, Mindy (Cory) Miller, Holly Lorenzen, Lindsey Flewelling, Jordan Flewelling, Claire Fisk and Lauren Fisk and 15 great grandchildren: Noah and Isabella DeNeui, Bo, Demory, Raef and Megan Ellis, Kellen and Aaron Currie, Elliott and Claire Currie, Jocelyn Currie, and Avaree, Axton, Aspen and Abbott Miller.  He is also survived by one brother Marc (Gleneva) Lorenzen, sister-in-law Elaine Lorenzen,nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

Preceding him in death were his parents Clifford and Lulu Lorenzen, his sister Verna Letson and his brother Glenn Lorenzen.  

Marvin was devoted to his family and thoroughly enjoyed being in the company of his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. 



11:00 a.m., Monday,
August 19, 2019
First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Chad Lierman


Jeremy DeNeui
Luke DeNeui
Brandon Ellis
Steven Currie
Mark Currie
David Currie
Cory Miller


2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sunday,
August 18, 2019
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa

Masonic Service at 4:00 p.m.


"Blessed Assurance" ~ hymn
"His Eye Is On The Sparrow" ~ solo
"Benediction Medley" ~ recorded by Laurie Currie

Dixie Brueck, Organist
Ann DeNeui, Pianist
Rev. Paul DeNeui, Vocalist


Galva Township Cemetery East
Galva, Iowa


Monday, August 19, 2019 at 11:37 AM
“Thinking of you during this sad time of saying goodbye to Marvin. We will miss his kind ways and pleasant smile at church on Sunday mornings. You were blessed to have such a wonderful husband, dad, and grandfather to share in your lives. Our sincere sympathy.”
- Jim & Ann Holst
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 9:15 AM
“You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Marvin was such a gentleman and a pleasure to work with whenever he and Bruce were in the Ida County FSA Office. Treasure your memories, he will be missed all who were fortunate to know him. God's blessings to all of you. Pat Mildenstein”
- Pat Mildenstein
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 9:15 AM
“Thoughts and prayers to the entire Lorenzen famiy. Marvin was a big part of Arthur's history and will always have a place in that legacy. He shaped more lives than he knew. Celebrate his 90 yrs of life and remember his contibutions.
- Nate Kitterman
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11:32 AM
“My condolences to all the family. Sorry I can not be there in person but I am currently out of the country.”
- Steve Letson
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11:32 AM
“Lorenzen Family,
Our deepest sympathy with thoughts and prayers to all. Bruce really enjoyed his visits with Marvin.
Hugs, Bruce and Polly”
- Bruce and Polly Raasch
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