Age 93, passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior Monday, February 17, 2014, in Junction City, OR. He was born to Robert and Edith Lorentz in Hastings, NE on December 14, 1920. The family moved to Springfield, OR, in 1936.
Vernon married his beloved Ella Mae (Stickles) on December 8, 1938. They lived in Springfield and Eugene for a number of years. They moved their six children to Roseburg, OR, in 1954; building their family home in the Green District. He began working as a foreman at Pacific Plywood in Dillard. He also owned and operated a Richfield Service Station on Harvard Ave. Vernon returned to working in the plywood industry in various locations until he retired in 1979. Vernon and Ella Mae cherished the 55 years they spent together. He was a devoted caregiver for his dear wife for several years prior to her passing on June 6, 1994.
Vernon was a man of honor; proudly serving his country aboard the USS Massachusetts during World War II. He was a member of the VFW, Odd Fellows, and the American Legion. He was also a member of the Moose, holding a prestigious office. Vernon was directly involved in the design and operation of the 4th of July Fireworks, sponsored by the Moose Lodge in the early stages of what became an annual event at the Roseburg Fairgrounds.
He is survived by his six children: Gary (Judy) Lorentz, Beaverton, OR; Beverly (Ron) Kinney, Vacaville, CA; Shirley Johns, Tigard, OR; Judi (Tim) Sprouse, Sutherlin; Shari (Joe) Bagshaw, Roseburg; Chuck (Sue) Lorentz, Eugene. OR and three generations of 45 grandchildren.
A family Memorial with Military Honors will be held in Lebanon, OR at a later date.