John Henry Lorenz

  Age 86, of East Lansing, MI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 30, 2013.  He was born October 1, 1926 in Lansing, MI, the son of R. K. and Viola (Drumm) Lorenz.

John was preceded in death by his wife Josephine, and a brother Charles.  He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Ann (Betty); a daughter, Barbara; brother, Rolland (Jean).  Also surviving are his stepchildren, Charles A. (Catherine) Drumm and Anne M. (Drumm) Heidemann.

John was a proud U.S. Navy Veteran who returned from duty to join the family automobile business known as Lorenz Brothers Buick.  John enjoyed a long career at Lorenz Brothers and retired as its president.  There will be a private burial at the DeWitt Cemetery.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sparrow Foundation, Heart Fund.

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Margaret Hehr
April 2, 2013 at 1:13 pm

My condolences to Elizabeth and to John’s daughter Barbara.
I so enjoyed working with John on his book, ‘Cows to Cars’ and I am going to miss all those wonderful stories that he told us. And as John would say, “here is one more, but you can’t put it the book”. He would make you laugh so hard it was sometimes difficult to catch your breath. You will be miss sir! Always the gentlemen. You are one of a kind! Now go sell the man a new car.

Jim & Dale Kesel & Debbie (Kesel) Fatkin
April 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Our deepest sympathy to Elizabeth and Barbara.

We so appreciate John sharing his book COWS TO CARS. It was fun to read more about our family.

We can only imagine the heavenly reunion of all of the automobile men!

Linda Mikesell Wallace
April 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with Betty, Barb and the entire family.
Oh the memories with my grandparents (Spike and Bobbie Bierkamp) at the summer picnics and beach fires on Lake Michigan and the many, many miles of trail rides on the snowmobiles. We all loved to listen to the stories John would tell, what a great man! RIP sir!


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