Paul E. Lorenz came into this world September 28, 1934 in St. Paul, MN, the son of Albert and Alma Lorenz. He entered his eternal home July 13, 2014 in Billings, MT to be with his precious Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. After a courageous battle with Alzheimers Disease and later congestive heart failure with less than 20 % heart function, having had a quadruple bypass surgery and two stents, the decline began to show.
Paul taught 3 years in Whitewater, MT, 15 different subjects to high school students; in Industrial Arts he obtained free engines and other shop supplies. Returning to school in Menomonie, WI he received a Master’s Degree in school Psychology with a Principal endorsement. Our daughter Paulette Joy was born on his graduation day.
In 1968 the family moved to Billings where Paul was the only school psychologist and served all the schools. He retired after 31 years of service. He picked up on many cases of vision and hearing loss. He silently prayed for each student he served as well as staff. He attended Prayer Breakfast and was with the start of Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. He sang in the choir when Billy Graham organization was in Billings. Paul was recruited into the Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1959.
Paul had many interests and hobbies including continuing education, playing trumpet, carpentry and gardening. He converted a Malta school bus into a motor home. We enjoyed many summer vacations traveling with the family. Paul dearly loved his grandchildren and was creative with games to entertain them.
Paul was always willing to help where needed. He especially loved being on his brother and sister-in-law’s farm, helped with cattle and calving, drove the swather and helped remodel the farm house. He loved and cared for his mother-in-law Anna while she stayed with them. Throughout his life Paul was a kind, gentle and compassionate soul.
Paul is survived by his wife Joyce of 51 years; daughter Paulette (Mike Patrick) of Havre, MT; grandchildren, Eagan & Lela Phillips of Havre, their dad Jim (Linda) Phillips of Nashville, TN; sisters Alice Lorenz of Lauderdale, MN, Marge Rodrique of Mendota Heights, MN; Marge’s children and grandchildren Jenny (Bailey, Zack), Cathy (Carter);brother and sister-in-law Dorian & Darla Valloff of Reeder, ND; nephew Randy ( Kari, Vance, Andrew) of Reeder, ND.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. in Golden Valley Cemetery in Perkins County, South Dakota. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com