Milton Lorenz
1925 - 2019
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Milton Lorenz

Corpus Christi - Milton Eilert Lorenz passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019, at the age of 93. He was born in Robstown, Texas, on September 7, 1925, the only child of Willie and Hedwig Lorenz. He attended and graduated high school at the Texas Military Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy, serving in the Pacific during World War II aboard various vessels including the Battleship Texas. He served aboard an ocean-going tug that was one of the first U.S. ships to enter Tokyo Bay, and spent time in Tokyo and other parts of Japan, after the war's end. He also captained an LST, shuttling troops and equipment along the China coastline.

After the War, he attended The University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1949 with a degree in architectural engineering. He married Mary Louise Bryan, also from Robstown, Texas, on June 3, 1947. Following graduation, Milton and Mary Lou moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. There, Milton Lorenz worked for many years with his partner, Horace McCord, at their architectural and engineering firm, McCord & Lorenz, designing, engineering and supervising the construction of schools, churches and commercial buildings throughout Corpus Christi and South Texas, including Foy H. Moody High School and St. Luke's Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, and The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas.

Milton Lorenz was generous with his time and talents, serving on professional and civic organizations, including the Nueces County MHMR Community Center board of directors and the Texas State School in San Antonio. He was also an active member of St. Luke's Methodist Church in Corpus Christi. He quietly and patiently shouldered many life challenges. He was always available to bolster and support others. His thoughtful and gentle demeanor was enjoyed by countless family, friends and associates.

He came from a farming family and loved the land. Although he himself never farmed, he owned farms in South Texas and a ranch near Oakville, Texas, where he loved to spend time, repairing fences, clearing brush, raising cattle and just being outdoors and in the country. His passion and talent were in building, which extended to handcrafting swings, forts, slides and playhouses for his grandchildren. Each project was a work of art and labor of love.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary Lou Lorenz, and his daughter, Karen Renee Lorenz. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Milton and Kathy Lorenz, Jr. (Corpus Christi) and their two children, Charles Lorenz (Austin) and Mosettee Lorenz (Bogotá, Colombia); and by his daughter, Janette Louise Lorenz (Houston) and her two children, Morgan Lorenz (New York) and Kara Lorenz.

Milton Lorenz was an intelligent and talented man. But what made him special was how he used those gifts and lived his life with such grace, humility, honesty and compassion. He lived an exemplary life. He will live on in the memories of those who knew and loved him. He will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Friday, July 19, 2019, at St. Luke's Methodist Church, 3151 Reid Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas. Visitation will follow the memorial service at the church. The Lorenz family extends its deepest appreciation to each of the women from Visiting Angels who provided such loving care for Milton Lorenz over the past year. You were a blessing and a gift to us all. Condolences may be sent to:

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Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times on Jul. 17, 2019.
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July 21, 2019
My most sincere condolence to the Lorenz family. I grew up at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, and remember the Lorenz family very well.
Jena Pickett Kauffmann
July 21, 2019
Many, many years ago I was given a job at the McCord & Lorenz office on Leopard Street. I was hired as a secretary-bookkeeper but due to my poor typing skills and the material the 'specs' had to be typed on, most of my time was spent doing specs over and over and crying at my lack of producing the quality necessary for the job and to be used by Mr. McCord and Mr. Lorenz. Both men were so extremely patient - to a point far beyond most would be. One day Mr. McCord told me that as much as they liked me they couldn't afford to buy a new typewriter if I kept crying on it to the point of rusting it. They gave me severance I really didn't deserve and a very nice letter of reference. There aren't many employers or any people for that matter who prove to be as accommodating , as nice, as needed in this world as Mr. McCord and Mr. Lorenz. Mr. Lorenz was a quiet, hard working gentle soul - heaven is lucky to receive him.
Nancy Avery (at that time)
July 18, 2019
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July 17, 2019
Mr. Lorenz was our across the alley way neighbor
for 20 years. He was one of the finest man we knew.
He always had a smile and a wave when we were
coming or going. He loved to visit in his backyard,
he shared so many memories with us. He loved
his dear sweet wife and his family. We are so
sorry for your loss. We will miss him,
that is for sure. I called him Mr. Lorenz, but he
would say "Honey, just call me Milton".
We pray God will bring you peace and comfort.
Ruby Shoe and Janna Shoe.
Ruby Shoe
July 17, 2019
Condolences and prayers for his family and friends.
Mary Edna Tamez Garza
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