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Richard Lorenson, 67

Richard Lorenson, 67, of Merrifield, Minn., formerly of Plummer & Strathcona, Minn., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 21, 2013 at his home.
Richard Darrell Lorenson, the son of Clifford & Dorothy (Bentow) Lorenson, was born March 30, 1946 at Thief River Falls, Minn. He grew up at Strathcona and graduated from Greenbush High School in 1964. He married Lorraine Melby on October 17, 1964 at Oiland Lutheran Church, rural Greenbush. He received his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of North Dakota in 1969. He taught school at Apollo High School in St. Cloud, MN from 1969  to 1973.  He farmed from 1973 until the late 1980’s.  Rick received his Master of School Administration degree from St. Cloud State University in 1985. He served as Principal of Strandquist, Minn., High School from 1977 to 1987 and Superintendent/Principal of Red Lake County Central Public Schools at Plummer, Minn. from 1987 to 2003.  They enjoyed their Merrifield, MN Lake home for the past 5 years and have spent the last 9 winters at Apache Junction, Arizona.
Rick was a member of Grace Evangelical Church, the Greenbush-Badger Lions Club,  Minn.  Assn. of Secondary School Principals, Minn. Assn. of School Administrators,  Merrifield Marathoners Snowmobile Club & the Old Geezer’s Club of Merrifield.
Rick enjoyed farming, fishing, manicuring his lawns, playing cards, visiting with family and friends, watching sports, doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku.
He is survived by his wife—Lorraine. Four sons—Jeffrey of Williston, ND,  Brad (Benita) of Warren, MN,  Scott (Rebecca) of Belmont, CA and Mark (Katie) of Eden Prairie, MN. Five grandchildren—Adrianna, Brandon, Max, Zac and Preston Lorenson. Three brothers—Ronald (Bonnie) of Karlstad, MN, Sheldon (Claudette) of Osceola, Iowa  and Larry (Nancy) of Nisswa, MN. Brother-in-law—Lee (Kerri) Melby of Roseau, MN, several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Dorothy Lorenson, his parents-in-law—Edward and Olga Melby, Nephew—Timothy  Lorenson, uncles, aunts and other relatives.
A funeral service was held on Friday, June 28 at 11 a.m. in Grace Evangelical Church of Strathcona with Pastor Sheldon Lorenson officiating.   Music was provided by Jim Gjovik, Vern Lorenson, Lee and Kerri Melby.  Nick Lorenson was the Pianist.  Pallbearers were Duane, Doug and Derek Lorenson, Arlen Vacura, Doug Bentow and Ivan Johnson.  Honorary Pallbearers were Rick’s five grandchildren, Adrianna, Brandon, Max, Zac and Preston Lorenson, as well as his family and friends.
Interment was in the Lorenson Family Cemetery, rural Strathcona. Funeral arrangements were with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush.

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