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Melvin B. Lorenson

 Melvin B. Lorenson was born on March 20, 1924, in Huss Township, rural Strathcona, Minn., the fourth of eight children, to parents Rasmus and Esther (Strandberg) Lorenson.  He received his eighth grade education at the Sunnyside School, a short distance from his parental home.
     On June 10, 1946, he and Jane Anderson were united in marriage at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Greenbush, Minn.  The couple made their home east of Strathcona where Mel farmed and also worked out on road construction. In 1971 the couple moved to Greenbush.
     Much of his spare time was spent in the Great Outdoors.  He loved going hunting, trapping gophers, working in the woods, and cutting countless cords of firewood.  A true marksman with his slingshot, it was always kept close at hand in the back pocket of his trousers.
     Mel dearly loved each of one those in his large family circle.
      About 13 years ago, dementia entered his life. For the last five years he was a resident of the LifeCare Greenbush Manor, where he peacefully passed away on Sunday morning, August 3, 2014, at the age of 90 years, 4 months and 14 days.
     Melvin B. Lorenson is survived by his loving wife, Jane, of 68 years, and children, Merle of Strathcona, Minn.; Marcia (Erich) Schmidt, Sprague, Manitoba, Canada; Judy (Doug) Bergsnev, Brainerd, Minn.; Ricky (Vandra) Lorenson, Greenbush, Minn.; and David (Becky) Lorenson, Greenbush, Minn.  Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson; 1 brother, Eldor (Charmaine) Lorenson, 1 sister, Lila (Kennis) Anderson, and 1 sister-in-law, Deloris Lorenson, all of Greenbush, along with many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
      Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers Edward, Clifford and Randy Lorenson;  sisters Lillian Vacura Koehnlien and Delores Stromlund; grandsons Paul and J.R.; and daughter-in-law Karen Lorenson.
      Funeral Services held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM in Grace Evangelical Church of Strathcona, MN with Pastor Robert Ludwig, officiating. Special music was provided by Lois & Lois.  Pat Ludwig was the organist.  Casket Bearers were their eight grandsons, Vernon, Michael, Brian & Chad Lorenson, Nathan & Jeremy Schmidt, Dwayne Bergsnev & Rhett Cummings.  Honorary Pallbearers were all of their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandson. Interment was in the Lorenson Cemetery, rural Strathcona.

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