Edsel Lorenzen, 88, of Radcliffe, passed away Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Stavanger Lutheran Church in Garden City. Burial was at the Radcliffe Cemetery.
Edsel Glenn Lorenzen was born on April 26, 1929, in State Center, Iowa, to Norman Kraft and Caroline (Schultz) Lorenzen. He graduated from Eldora High School in 1948 and attended Farm Operations classes after discharge from the Army. On Dec. 29, 1952, Ed was united in marriage to Donna Mae Elwick at Salem Lutheran Church in Radcliffe. Ed faithfully served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953, stationed in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Alaska. He was proud to be a member of the Radcliffe American Legion. Ed was a farmer for 70 years; Corn and Soybean Research Technician at Asgrow Seed and an antique tractor restorer.
Ed was a man of God, having given his heart to the Lord at age 13. He served over the years as church treasurer, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of Gideons International, participating in the jail ministry, for over 20 years.
He was extremely devoted to his wife of nearly 65 years as well as his children and grandchildren.
He put others above himself. In 2005, when he was 75 years old, he pulled a man from a burning car. For this he was awarded the Carnegie Hero Medal, presented to him by the governor of Iowa. Earlier in life, he rescued a co-worker at a local power plant who was trapped and sinking in a large coal storage facility.
Ed loved being a farmer. In 2016 he and Donna celebrated 50 years of stewardship of their God-given farm. Ed and his son Ron participated in tractor pulls for many years. After Ed’s retirement, he and Ron enjoyed restoring antique Oliver tractors together. He was a long-time active member of the Iowa Cornbelt Oliver Collectors Association and the Mid-Iowa Antique Power Association. In several circles he was known as “Mr. Oliver.”
Ed and Donna enjoyed traveling to visit their family and took a very memorable trip to Norway and Germany with their children and grandchildren to explore their ancestral roots.
Edsel Lorenzen is survived by his wife, Donna Mae Lorenzen of Radcliffe; his children, Susan (Gary) Johnson of Chatfield, Minn., Ronald (Lori) Lorenzen of Jewell, Merianne Lorenzen (Doug) Watson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Lynne (Jerry) Bickelhaupt of Huxley; grandchildren: Amy Lorenzen of Sioux City, Molly Lorenzen of Beresford, S.D., Piervincenzo Russo of New York, N.Y., Pamela (Kyle) Culp of Huxley, and Matthew Bickelhaupt of Chicago, Ill.; step-grandchildren, Darcey Watson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ian Watson of Lancaster, Penn., Daniel Watson of Sapporo, Japan, and one brother, David (Janice) Lorenzen of LaMirada, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Lorenzen.
Memorials may be directed to Gideons International (Story County Camp, PO Box 2375, Ames, IA 50010), Stavanger Free Lutheran Church (15407 Oak St., Garden City, IA 50102) or CurePSP (CurePSP.org for progressive supranuclear palsy).