McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO


Loren Guy Prange

May 18, 1936June 7, 2019

Loren G. Prange, 83, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on Friday, June 7. He was born May 18, 1936 in Mankato, MN to Arnold Paul (Red) and Beryl Mildred (Hendricks) Prange. He attended Lake Crystal High School and held a Bachelors degree of Science from Union College in Lincoln, NE. He married Jo Ann K. Bryant on October 20, 1962.

In his earlier years, Loren was involved in Cub and Boy Scouts as a leader, as well as taught Sunday school and coached baseball. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and Rotary Club.

He started in sales at RL Polk and Co in 1959, then in 1971, he, JoAnn and son, Jim moved to Kansas. In 1989 they were transferred to Detroit, Michigan where he eventually retired as Divisional President at age 58.

In retirement, he moved back to Kansas City where he took a part time job in sales at Vernon Co until 2014. He had a life-long love of forestry, which led to him starting his own tree farm in Tenstrike, MN, that he proudly named Sandy Lake Tree Farm. There he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, hunting and telling a good story around the fire. He loved seeing his grandkids, whether it was at their sporting event, graduation or religious celebrations.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold Paul and Beryl Mildred (Hendricks) Prange as well as JoAnn’s parents, William Howard and Helen Marie (Witt) Bryant. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jo Ann, his son James W. and wife Maureen (Occhipinto) Prange of Overland Park and his grandchildren Margaret (Maggie), Shamus, Patrick and Ian Prange, all of Overland Park, KS. His sister, Sandy Blackley of St. Paul, MN; twin brothers Terry (Sandy) of New Ulm, MN; and Ted and (Pat) of Mankato, MN; sister, Phyllis (Lloyd) Piepho of Savage, MN; sister Trip (Andy) Riutcel of Des Moines, IA; sister-in-law, Betty Wells of Detroit Lakes, MN; and brother-in-law, Larry (Cassie) Bryant of Esterville, IA; in addition to many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation and celebration of Loren’s life will be held at Advent Lutheran Church, 11800 W. 151st Street, Olathe, Kansas on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Advent Lutheran Church or Kansas City Hospice House.


  • Advent Lutheran Church
  • Kansas City Hospice House


23 June


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Advent Lutheran Church

11800 W. 151st Street
Olathe, KS 66062

23 June

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Advent Lutheran Church

11800 W. 151st Street
Olathe, KS 66062


Loren Guy Prange

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Bill Wilder

June 15, 2019

Loren was such a kind and decent man. Always wore a smile and was always good for a joke or two. Loren will be missed by the many who loved him.

Jim and June Winter

June 14, 2019

Our sincere sympathy to JoAnn and family. We are so honored to have known Loren, especially these last few years at our after-church breakfasts. He will be missed. Loren's stories and humor will be long remembered. Hugs and God's peace be with you.

Doyle Peterson

June 14, 2019

Loren Prange was one of my closest friends in this World.
He hired me in 1961 the year I got married. I was with him when He met Jo Ann at Bishops Cafeteria in Omaha, Nebraska.
We spent many good times at Sandy Lake in Minnesota.
We watched our Families grow up & shared in many Memories together.
I will miss Loren.

Noel Smith

June 14, 2019

Loren was such a good man. I was honored to know him.

Mike Garrey

June 10, 2019

Loren was a treasure. A man that I wanted to be like. He always made you feel you were the most important person in the room. He loved his Lord and worshiped Him. He loved his family and took care of them. He loved this country too.

He was and shall be a man I will always aspire to be.

Loren suffered much these last years. He is at peace now with his Lord and Savior.

Love you, Loren