Leslie J. Lorensen, 84, of Akron, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at a Sioux City hospital.
Leslie John Lorensen was born June 13, 1920, on a farm south of Akron, the son of Theodore and Henrietta (Peters) Lorensen. He was baptized into the Christian faith shortly thereafter. He attended country school at Happy Hollow near Akron and later attended school in Akron.
He was united in marriage to Dorothea W. Taylor on Nov. 16, 1940. In 1941, Les went to work for the Akron Creamery. In 1948, he opened Lorensen Appliance Service, where he sold and serviced appliances and televisions. He sold the very first color television set in the Akron area. Les, along with Jerry Smith, designed the first "V" beam antennas for the televisions he sold.
In his earlier years, Les worked for the City of Akron and was also a detailer for Dirks Motor and Gassman Ford in Akron.
But most importantly, Les will always be remembered for his lawn mowing service, something that he looked forward to doing each and every summer.
Recently, Les had been attending St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron.
He was a retired volunteer of the Akron Fire Department, in which he served 18 years. He enjoyed bird-watching and forecasting the weather. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his two sons, Dennis Lorensen and his wife, Beverly, of Lead, S.D., and Larry and Judy Lorensen of Le Mars; a sister, Lucille Young of Washington, Ill.; two grandchildren, Julie Husman and her husband, Perry, of Valencia, Calif., and Dawn Freeman and her husband, Jason, of Greenville, S.C.; three great-grandchildren, Caleb Freeman, Tanner Husman and Taylor Husman; a sister-in-law, Elaine Lorensen of Akron; three nephews, Rick Lorensen and his wife, Chris of Akron, Gary Lorensen and his wife, Tina of Westfield, and Jeff Lorensen and his wife, Julie of Brookings, S.D.; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Orria Sparks; his wife, Dorothea W. on Oct. 8, 1968, in Le Mars; a brother, Orville Lorensen; a brother-in-law, William Young; a grandson, Brad Lorensen in 1998; and a special friend, Vicki Mikulicz.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron, with the Rev. William Kallestad officiating. Burial will follow in Plymouth Presbyterian Church Cemetery, rural Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present after 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m, all at the Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron. Condolences can be sent to the family at the Internet address: www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Pallbearers will be Jerold Dykstra, Emil Beeck, Norman Heeren, Dellis Dimmick, Jerry Schoenfelder and Earl Oetken.