Donn E. Lorenzen, 78, of Hudson, Iowa, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa after a courageous battle with acute leukemia. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Reinbeck, Iowa with Pastor Bruce A. Boyce officiating. Burial followed in the Reinbeck Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5 at French-Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck. Online messages of condolence may be made at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Donn was born June 10, 1934 on the family farm near Reinbeck, son of Elmer and Ada (Hanisch) Lorenzen. He graduated from Reinbeck High School in 1952 and from Iowa State University in 1956 with a degree in Farm Operation. On June 20, 1954 Donn was united in marriage to Marian Philp in Reinbeck.
He accepted a job with John Deere and worked most of his 40 years in diesel engine development work at the Product Engineering Center (PEC). He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.
Surviving is his wife of 58 years, Marian; children Randy (Patti) Lorenzen of Cedar Falls, Jody (Ken) Evans of Atoka, Tenn., Kurt (Leta) of Olathe, Kan., Jerry (Reenee) Lorenzen of Fremont, and Lisa (Scott) Dahl of Ames; grandchildren, Nicole (Jordan) Atchison, Tyler Lorenzen, Nick and Matt Evans, Samantha, Daniel, and Jacob Lorenzen, and Isabel Dahl; brothers, Russell (Fran) Lorenzen of Ventura and Loren (Luane) Lorenzen of Traer; and sisters, June (Roger) Meikle of Sturgeon Bay, Wis. and Sandra Seemann of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother, William.