Robert Lorenz Sr.
Robert Allen Lorenz Sr., 90, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at the Donna and Dennis Oldorf Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids followed by a luncheon at the church.
Bob was born March 20, 1928, in Iowa City, Iowa, to parents, Robert Herman and Marie Henrietta Lorenz. He graduated from the University of Iowa in June 1951 with an engineering degree. He later served in the Army during the Korean War. He then went to work at Collins Radio and later retired from Square D.
At a Heralder's dance, he met the love of his life, Elaine Heitz. They were united in marriage on June 14, 1958. They were able to celebrate their 60th anniversary in June 2018, before his beloved wife passed away in July. Bob loved collecting coins and stamps, gardening and investing in the stock market. His family was always the source of great pride, and he was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Bob is survived by his seven children, Bob (Deb) of Cedar Rapids, Mary Mikkola (Ron) of Marion, Dick (Jenny) of Marion, Jim (Mollie) of Marion, Theresa Whittlesey (Pete) of Fairfax, Paul (Annette) of Cedar Rapids and Kathy Franz (Scott) of Cedar Rapids. He is also survived by his 17 grandchildren, Jennifer Dechant (Drew), Amy Crnecki (Zach), Holly Sitzmann (Eric), Christine Goslar (Jake), Danielle Manternach (Dave), Travis, Brooke, Emma, Leah, Blake, Richelle Caslavka (Zach), Zach, Delaney, Heather Bohl (Brad), John, Matthew and Michael; and his eight great-grandchildren, Avery, Chloe, Owen, Henry, Aubrey, Emmett, Roy and Thomas, as well as two more on the way.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to charities that were meaningful to Bob, Catholic Relief Services and Mercy Hospice.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.