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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (Langdon, ND)
Tuesday May 4th, 2021

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Richard A. Lorenz

Richard Lorenz, 100, of Langdon, ND, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital in Langdon.

Richard Andrew Lorenz was born to John and Eva Lorenz at Langdon. He attended St. Alphonsus High School. He was a World War II veteran who was a member of the 2nd Armored “Hell on Wheels” Division and served 32 months in Africa and Europe. On July 31, 1946, he married Gladys Nelson at St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon. They lived on their farm northwest of Langdon and were the loving parents of three sons. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Church and Knights of Columbus. During the winter months, Gladys and Richard lived in Mesa, AZ, for many years and enjoyed the weather and family who visited often.

“Rich” earned his badge of courage on D-Day at Omaha Beach in France. He earned his badge of honor by attending daily to his wife’s needs while she was a resident at Maple Manor Care Center. For five years, he spent each day from Noon until he would put her to bed at night, holding her hand, rubbing her back, and kissing her cheek. He would talk to her daily, trying to keep alive memories from times past.

Surviving Richard are his sons: Rick (Judy) Lorenz of Denver, CO, Jim (Sheila) Lorenz of Papillion, NE, and Tim (Connie) Lorenz of Kaneohe, HI; grandchildren: Nicole, Marnie, Kyle, Jennifer, Ryan, Sydnie, Danielle and Paul; great-grandchildren: Taylor, Kalyn, Saydee, and Jonah; great-great-grandchildren Jaydycie and Jaycetin; sister Mary Fran Bolesta of St. Louis, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Gladys; brothers: Ed, Tom, John, Bob, Paul, and Ben; and sisters Mae Thompson and Terese Crockett.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 , 2021, with a 12:30 p.m. Rosary at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon. Burial of ashes will be at Calvary Cemetery in Langdon.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to Cavalier County Memorial Hospital Foundation in Langdon.

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I took care of Richard when he lived at Maple Manor never a day went by he didn't have a smile sweet words and a hug even when he wasnt feeling the best. He will be dearly missed

Misty Balsdon May 7 2021 12:00 AM

To My Dear Grandpa,
Words can't describe the sadness. We all knew the time would come, but you can never really prepare for it. You were such a strong and good man! You lived through some tough times that people can only imagine about. Thinking about you these past few days just brought back all the great memories as a child when we would travel back to ND and stay on the farm with the Family. All the great food, laughter, and stories. You taught me how to drive with your riding lawn mower and golf cart until you trusted me enough to drive your pick up truck on the gravel roads. The trips you and grandma made to Europe and Hawaii to come see us. Even though we always lived so far away and only got to see you every couple years, you and grandma always had a special place in my heart. I know this last year was rough for you with COVID and quarantine, but it brought us joy to see you on Video Chat through Facebook messenger, even up until a few months ago at 100 years old! I was so proud of you! You would still smile even if you were complaining. With all that said, even though I am sad you're gone, it brings me great peace knowing you and Grandma are together again! To all the Aunts, Uncles, and cousins- cherish the memories! Love and Miss you all!

-Your Granddaughter Nicole V.

Nicole Velasco May 4 2021 12:00 AM

Our condolences to the family of Rich on his passing- he was such a gentle, kind man- loved his smile!

Dennis and Alice Metzger May 4 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Rick, Tim, Jim and Family I was saddened to hear of Richie's passing. Richie and Gladys were two of my favorite people. I'll always remember being home to visit my Mother [Evelyn Rude] at Maple Manor and Gladys was also there at that time. I walked down the hall to visit Gladys and her door was partly open-- there sat Richie and Gladys in chairs holding hands and both asleep. It was so cute! They are missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Vicki [ Rude ] Reddic May 2 2021 12:00 AM

Uncle Rich holds a very special place in our hearts. He and Aunt Gladys visited us in California for 3 or 4 years before they started going to Mesa. We had such fun. He was a sweet sweet man and he reminded me so much of my own dad - his brother Bob. Also such fond memories of their visits to Walhalla to visit my parents through all the years.

Helen Mary Lorenz DeRoche May 1 2021 12:00 AM

I want to offer my sincere sympathy to Rick, Jim, Tim and all of Richard's family. He was a special friend and the best neighbor I had. we worked and visited back and forth and always .had good times.. I had the good luck to visit with him on the phone this past winter.

Dick and Leah Hamann. May 1 2021 12:00 AM

Rickie, Jimmy, and Timmy, and family's .
I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I have such fond memories of all of you. Please know that you all have been in my constant thoughts and prayers. Remember those good old days walking across the field to the Hamann farm to see me and play outside? Gee, it was the best part of life . Remember Sonny? Well, if any of you pass through Fargo, I would love to see any of you. You would be welcome to visit our home we have lived in now for 43 years that we built. I love you all so much . "May the Angels Welcome your Dad into Paradise" Love Inie and Leonard Rath.

Inez Hamann Rath May 1 2021 12:00 AM

To the family of Richie Lorenz,
We are so saddened to learn of the passing of Richie. He and Gladys were beloved by our family. He and our mom, Eileen Nelson, grew up together and have many wonderful memories to look back on. When our dads health began deteriorating, Richie would pick mom up for Mass every Saturday night in the winter. Tom and Kathy count themselves fortunate they were able to spend time with him when they were last in Langdon for Toms 50th class reunion. He was a wonderful person and will so missed.
We are keeping you all in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Eileen, Tom, & Kathy Nelson

Kathy Nelson Apr 30 2021 12:00 AM