OBITUARY

James Smith Lorenz

July 3, 1928March 7, 2019

James Smith Lorenz of Lansing passed away on March 7, 2019 at the age of 90.

He was born July 3, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Linus and Edith (Smith) Lorenz. Jim graduated from Redford High School class of 1946 and continued his education at Michigan State College where he graduated in 1954 with a bachelors degree in Geology. He was a Corporal in the 179th infantry regiment serving in the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1952. He married Sharon M. Greig on November 19, 1955 at Precious Blood Church in Detroit. In 1968 they moved from Mt. Pleasant and settled in Lansing with their 6 children.

Jim worked for the State of Michigan Geological Survey for over 35 years. He was an active volunteer at Resurrection Church as well as the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Jim will always be remembered as an extraordinary friend, father and grandfather. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Sharon, especially camping in Michigan with his children and grandchildren. His boundless passion for history, music, carpentry and nature was passed down and embraced by those who were fortunate to know and love him.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Sharon, brother Robert, son-in-law Michael Marsh and sister-in-law Harlene Sokolowski.

Jim is survived by his children Vicki (Richard) Kurbel, Cathleen Sandborn, Mary Jo Lorenz, Dianne Marsh, Caroline Lorenz, and James (Shauna) Lorenz and his 8 grandchildren: Michael, Erinn, Brenna, Christopher, John, Ian, Taya and Kyra. He is also survived by his sister Jean (William) Rodgers, brother Thomas (Elaine) Lorenz, sister-in-law Maxine Lorenz, brothers-in-law Edward Sokolowski and Harvey Greig (Judy).

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday June 1 at Resurrection Church, 1531 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing 48912. A luncheon at the church hall will follow. Those planning an expression of sympathy may consider a donation to Resurrection Church or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman and condolences and memories can be shared on their website.

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Joseph E. Vogt

March 20, 2019

Jim was a fellow geezer who broke bread most every Tuesday at Spuds Restaurant with a group of DNR retirees,
including geologists, land appraisers, foresters, biologists and strange hangers-on. Always jolly, he entertained all of us with jokes, funny stories, unlikely descriptions of his life events, and occasionally something we could even believe! The finest scholar of the Civil War I ever knew, Jim will be missed by many.

Laura Ludwig

March 20, 2019

I sure loved looking at all of the family photos. :-) Deepest love and support to the family from the entire Ludwig family...rest, peacefully, our dear neighbor, who we shared many a Fall and Spring day with, outside playing kickball or doing yard work as we would see "Mr. Lorenz" in his yard, tending to whatever. There is just something so special and bonding about folks you grew up with and shared your childhood with. If you are lucky, your friends' parents became your extended parents in some way. And you never forget the feeling that they gave you, as part of that group of adults who kept an eye on you for safety, shared cookies with you, fresh from the oven and generally made you feel like life was good. We're thinking of you, across many miles and we know he will be very missed. Hugs to everyone...

Vicki Kurbel

March 19, 2019

Vicki Kurbel

March 19, 2019

Vicki Kurbel

March 19, 2019

Vicki Kurbel

March 19, 2019

VICKI KURBEL

March 19, 2019

Vicki Kurbel

March 19, 2019

Vicki Kurbel

March 19, 2019

Vicki Kurbel

March 19, 2019

FROM THE FAMILY