Dick Lorenzen fought cancer for 13 years before it defeated him. He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Patricia (Pat) (Lasecke). Dick was born in Racine to Thor and Helen Lorenzen.
He was born on Easter morning in 1926. Dick was born a big boy with a big heart that served him well in athletics and also undergoing chemotherapy later in his 60s when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Dick was the first of his family to graduate from high school and he went on to earn a Masterís Degree plus over 30 credits beyond.
He spent two years in the US Navy, and then attended UW-Stevens Point, earning a BS degree in Mathematics and Science. He earned a Masterís degree from Purdue University. While at Stevens Point, Dick received the Colonel Hirzy award for scholarship, leadership and athletics, and lettered in three sports (football, basketball and track). Dick taught mathematics as well as coaching four sports (football, basketball, track & baseball). He taught at: Rollo, Ill., Weyauwega and Juneau before coming to Hartford. He taught at Hartford High School for 32 years, coached all the sports and was responsible for introducing computers into the High School. He was a formidable teacher and is well remembered by his former students.
Dick built his own cottage over two summers at Phillips with the help of his teen age son, David. Dick was a tremendous fisherman and he has over 129 legal size muskies to his credit. Dick figured that he had to Ďboatí at least 10 muskies for every legal size one, and he practiced catch-and-release. At least one of the muskies was over 50" long because Dick (who is over 6í4" tall) held it up in the boat and the tail was still in the water. Most of his fishing was during the summer when he and Pat had a cottage on Wilson Lake near Phillips, WI. Dick enjoyed that time of his life immensely. When he finally gave up the cottage, he and Pat took up golfing and spent many days at the Hartford Country Club.
Dick also hunted deer for many years and he and his boys spent time "in the woods" at Phillips and also with a friend, Ron Schultz. They all enjoyed many a meal of venison, as well as walleye. Venison sausage was a favorite.
Dick was Honorary Chairman for the Hartford/Slinger Relay for Life in 2000. He talked about the many advances in cancer care and his painful experience of losing his son to melanoma. Relay for Life has been credited with earning many dollars and helping with the fight to defeat cancer. Dick lived another 7 years after; a credit to all the new research being done.
Travel was another passion of Pat and Dick. Their travels took them to: Cancun, Nassau, Russia, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Nova Scotia, The Rock of Gibraltar, Morocco (Dick sat in Winston Churchill's chair), Alaska, Germany, Egypt, Israel, Scotland, England, Hawaii, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Ireland and a little bit of France. Then they continued to: Greece, Athens, Santorini, Rhodes, Turkey, Dikili, Istanbul, Bosporus Strait, the Ukraine, Italy, Yalta, Odessa and Rome.
Dickís favorite was the rivers of Germany but he was most inspired with the island of Santorini with the white building which looked like snow from the cruise ship. Russia was the most impressive.
Belonging to the Lions club was an honor for Dick, and he was VP in 2003 and 2004. He was especially pleased that the Lions donated to many worthwhile causes. He was a former Worshipful Master at the Hartford Masonic Temple No 120. Dick was also a member of the Courtney Carr Milner American Legion Post 19.
His church, The First United Methodist Church, was important to him and he sang with the Menís Choir for many years.
Dick is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia (nee Lasecke); one daughter, Kate from Marathon, Wis., and two sons, Bill (Kari) of Overland Park, Kan. and David (Patrice) of Steamboat Springs, Colo., one daughter-in-law (Susan) of Rochester, Mich., one sister, Dorothy Lloyd, of San Bento, Texas, and six grandchildren: Adam (EuNice), Nick (Abby), Missy, Eric, Kira, and Renee. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as a beloved son, Thomas.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at the Vince Lombardi Clinic in Slinger and hospice. Memorials may be made to the Vince Lombardi Clinic or the First United Methodist Church in Hartford.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, Aug. 13 at the First United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. with Pastor Brian Kundinger officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to the time of service at First United Methodist Church, 738 West Monroe Ave., Hartford.