Ben L. Lorenzen Jr.

May 6, 1927March 5, 2013

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

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.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 11, 2013

Ben L. Lorenzen Jr.

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Donna Allbrook

March 11, 2013

I grew up on belle ave. remembered Ben.then I ended up meeting him again at meal site at the Eldridge community center where I work.he use to tell me stories .his newest ones were about his little companion daisy.he could always make me laugh!he had a big heart.I wish I could of seen him the last time he was at meal site.i unfortunately did not work.he will be missed! My prayers are with his family and friends.

Bill & Nadine Cusack

March 9, 2013

Rest in peace, old friend

Sharon Marten Hitchcock

March 7, 2013

My heart is breaking. I always held Ben in such high esteem. He was so kind and generous...not only to me but also to my parents before they died. I don't know where the time goes...I still planned to take him out to eat for his birthday gift last year. I knew where we were going to go, just needed to find a time that worked for both of us. I just thought we had plenty of "time." My sympathy to both of his son's and their families. And to Andrew..he was Ben's pride and joy. I never got to meet "Tiny", but I'm sure he is with her now. He always spoke so lovingly about her. Goodbye my dear friend. I will miss you and our chats.

Deanna Vensland

March 7, 2013

My condolences to the whole Lorenzen family.
It was my privilege to know Ben. One of my fondest memories of him was being taken for a "tour" of his yard last summer. We were on his trusty riding mower, with his beloved Daisy riding shot gun. When Ben would turn the key on that rider, Daisy would come running.
Ben was one of the good guys, and a true gentleman. He was intelligent and kind, with a keen sense of humor.

He will be truly missed by those who knew him.

Monie Lacienski

March 7, 2013

I just want to say that it was an honor to have met your father,my thoughts and prayers are with the family