Dale Lorenson, 85Dale Irving Lorenson, age 85, a lifelong resident of Cannon Falls, died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, Oct. 23, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Dale Irving Lorenson, age 85, a lifelong resident of Cannon Falls, died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, Oct. 23, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Dale was born at home in Cannon Falls on April 14, 1927, the son of Lewis and Olga (Johnson) Lorenson. He attended Cannon Falls High School and went on to serve in WWII with the U.S. Navy Seabees in Guam from May 1945 until his honorable discharge in August 1946. He married Violet Hemmah on Aug. 20, 1949, at First English Lutheran Church. He had been employed with John Deere in Cannon Falls for over 40 years and had also worked at Koch Refinery for 5 years.
He was a lifelong active member at St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed, and had sung in the church choir for many years. He was a life member of the VFW Nelson Scofield Post #4452, where he had served as commander. He had also been a charter member of the Cannon Falls Male Chorus and enjoyed singing with them for many years. Dale will be remembered for his love for his family, and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also loved spending time with friends, and they had many years of vacations and camping together. He enjoyed fishing, and in later years, reading. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vi; daughters Pam (Steve) Reinke of Cannon Falls and Sandy (Dave) Grzywinski of Bloomington; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jim) Novek of Goodhue and Jeremy (Sara) Reinke of Geneva; five great-grandchildren, Shelby and Jonathan Quade, Jamie, Drew, and Karly Reinke; sisters-in-law, Joan Hemmah of Cannon Falls and Jeanette Hemmah of Red Wing; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; children Janet Marie and Richard Dale Lorenson; three sisters, twins Janice Lorenson and Jeanette Sande-Larson, and Lorna Flaten; and brother, Lowell "Bud" Lorenson.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, with visitation from 9:30-11 a.m., at St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls. Military honor guard farewell will follow outside at church. Interment will take place later at the Cannon Falls Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church.
Arrangements by Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls. Online condolences may be directed to www.lundbergfuneral.com.