William Paul "Bill" Lohrenz

William 'Bill' Paul Lohrenz was born February 9, 1932, in Mountain Lake, MN to Peter Paul and Anna Josephine (Sawatzky) Lohrenz. Bill graduated from Mountain Lake High School and then attended school in Jackson. He was united in marriage to Joyce Karschnik on July 22, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mountain Lake. Bill served with the U.S. Army from February 17, 1954 to February 17, 1956. Upon his Honorable Discharge, Bill started Lohrenz Excavating in 1956. He served on the Utilities Commission, the fire department for 20 years, as a church elder, and was a member of the Mountain Lake American Legion and the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain Lake. He loved working, traveling, and building model toys but especially loved playing with his grandkids.


Bill Lohrenz died Monday, December 4, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Home in Windom, MN at the age of 85.


He is survived by wife Joyce; children- Jack (Pat) Lohrenz of Port Orchard, WA, Nancy (Ron) Jensen of Jackson, Brian Lohrenz of Mountain Lake, Donovan (Carey) Lohrenz of Minnetonka, and Brett (Lori) Lohrenz of Mountain Lake; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; brother Richard (Irma) Lohrenz of Mountain Lake; and sister Sandi (Bob) Roel of Detroit Lakes. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Timothy; and sister Gladys Petersen.