Raymond A. Lorenz left us to be with the Lord on Aug. 14, 2014, at the wise age of 83, after a short battle with cancer. He was our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. |
Ray was born April 14, 1931, to Alexander and Marie Lorenz in Pilot Grove, Missouri. He was the third eldest of nine children. He left Missouri at age 17 to join the service. The military brought him to Alaska, where he met his true love, Betty Hupprich, at the Co-Op Diner in Fairbanks. They were married soon after, in November 1951. During his 10 years of service he moonlighted as a bartender at the NCO Club on Fort Wainwright to help provide for their growing family. He retired as a staff sergeant. He then went to work for F.E. Company for a year before beginning his career in the telephone industry for MUS, where he worked for 31 years.
Ray loved gardening, baking cookies (slice and bake chocolate chip were his specialty) and playing cards. For several years he enjoyed his Thursday night bowling league with his daughter. Whether win or lose, Ray looked forward to having dinner with his team after their games. As the years went on, he spent many hours enjoying the company of his seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
During his retirement, he started his own business, "Ray's Snowplowing," and would be there to take care of his family and friends at the first sight of snow. His kind heart and genuine soul shined through to everyone he met. He was a true family man, that was evident with the mass amounts of family photos he surrounded himself with.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents, Alexander and Marie; his oldest brother, John A., and his younger brother, Bobby.
He is survived by his sisters, Earlene Twenter, Doris (Kenny) Kempt, and sister-in-law, Rosie Lorenz; brothers, Billy (Sharon), Elmer (Pat), Pete (Mary Jean), and Leroy (Claudia); his brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Louella Hupprich; his children, Rick Lorenz (Kerry), Vicki Jackovich (John), Kim Brown (Rodney), and Corey Lorenz (Tracy); his grandchildren, Christopher Lorenz, Jason Jackovich, Audrey (Larry) Fitzgerald, Kyle (Kristy) Jackovich, Jessica (Ryan) Perry, Rheanna Lorenz and Arial Lorenz; his great-grandchildren, Ashton Lorenz, Justin and Rayna Jackovich, Madison, Abby and Harper Fitzgerald, Rylee Perry and Kyse Jackovich, along with numerous nieces, nephews and lifetime family friends, the Nice family.
Per Ray's request there will not be a funeral, rather, a celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at the Elks Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Treatment Center at 1650 Cowles St., Fairbanks, AK 99701.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Aug. 17, 2014