James Kreg Lorenz


A funeral service for James Kreg Lorenz, 50 of Sidney was Thursday morning, June 5, 2014, at the Ebenezer Congregational Church in Sidney with Pastor David Meehan officiating. Cremation followed the services. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ROI, Richland Opportunities Inc.  

Remembrances, pictures and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.

James Kreg Lorenz was born Nov. 23, 1963, in Sidney to Harold and Audrey Wallace Lorenz. He was born with Down Syndrome, and at the age of five years went to live at the School for the Handicapped in Boulder. He lived there for 13 months, and then moved back home. At the age of nine years his parents enrolled him at Eastmont Training Center in Glendive for five days a week, and he would ride a bus home on weekends.

At the age of 20 years, Mr. Lorenz moved to Miles City, lived in a group home and worked at Eastern Montana Industries for approximately five years. He moved back to Sidney and lived at the Svarre Group Home and was employed at ROI for 25 years until his death.

Mr. Lorenz’s extended family consisted of many loving friends, co-workers and caregivers who enriched and blessed his life with much love. His favorite color was red and he enjoyed wearing many red shirts. He collected cars and car gas caps. Many a visitor would find his or her gas cap missing when he or she returned home. Always the prankster, he once led his caregivers and friends on a merry goose chase for four hours at the Minot State Fair playing hide and seek. Mr. Lorenz also was a member of Ebenezer Congregational Church.

He was very mechanical and enjoyed taking things apart. His father had to double nut his toys, swing sets and even the picnic table. He loved music and spent countless hours playing his harmonica, strumming his guitar, or just enjoying listening to music. One of his great joys in life was eating good food and he looked forward to his daily Mountain Dew and his trips to McDonalds for a cheeseburger and fries. Almost every Sunday, his father would bring to him his favorite milkshake.

Mr. Lorenz died on Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Svarre Group Home. He will be dearly missed by all whose lives he touched.

His survivors include his parents, Harold and Audrey Lorenz of Sidney; a sister, Joette (Edward)  Deg of Sidney; a niece, Afton (Chris) Ray-Rossol; a great -niece, Rhett Jacen Rossol; and sister-in-law, Gale Bestland Lorenz of Antelope.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold Jeffery, Jon Earl and Jon Earl II; his grandparents, Ray and Mae Wallace, Henry and Louisa Lorenz; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.