Ben L. Lorenzen, Jr.,85, of Davenport, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Genesis Medical Center East Campus in Davenport. There will be a graveside service at 11:00 AM Monday, March 11, 2013 at Rock Island National Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the graveside service should be at The Runge Mortuary by 10:00 AM Monday. Visitation will be from 3:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the Runge Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Iowa Department of the Blind. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.
Ben was born May 6, 1927 in Bettendorf, IA, the son of Bendixs Ludwig and Laura Dorthea (Koos) Lorenzen, Sr. He married Ella Mae Doris Agelin on September 4, 1948 in Superior WI. She passed away March 24, 2000. He married Hazel Sturms in August 2002.
Ben worked as a mechanic in the Quad Cities retiring in 1986 from Rock Island Ready Mix. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a lifetime member of Davenport American Legion #26 as well as a member of the Forty and Eight, National Rifle Association and Milan Rifle Club.
Survivors include his sons, Ray Lorenzen and Ben (Susan) Lorenzen; grandson, Andrew Lorenzen; special niece, Andrea (Tyler) Cox; cousins; nieces; nephews and best four legged friend, Daisy.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Adolf, Karl, Bob, Raymond and young sister.