Joseph LaVern Lorenz Sr. entered into rest on June 17, 2021, in Baytown, Texas. He was born on January 30, 1936 to Oscar Lorenz and Mildred Weeks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was raised in the Bronx, New York. He worked for Lyodell Bassell for 20 years and traveled extensively in his position of Project Manager for Lyodell from London to Singapore and Tokyo to the Netherlands. He served in the Marines and was a veteran of the Korean War. He found joy in his service to his Lord Jesus Christ and his involvement with the prison ministry KAIROS. Joe was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Joe found passion for music late in life, specifically, classical guitar, and could often be found devoting hours to its art. In addition to reaching out and being the hands of Christ in a sincere commitment to making sure that those, especially those behind bars, heard the life changing ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We give special thanks to Bill and Bob, who along with the people of the program of AA for 18 years, allowed us to live happy, joyous and free. They never said there wouldn’t be trouble, but HE graciously provided a fellowship of men and women to whom we now bow our head and say thank you.
Though quick with temper, Joe possessed an infectious sense of humor that became more apparent later in life, he was always quick with smile and handshake and never met a stranger. If Joe loved you and believed in you, you could have no greater champion in your corner or cheerleader on your side.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents Oscar Lorenz and Mildred Weeks and his son Joseph “Joey” L. Lorenz Jr.
Joe is survived by his wife of 64 years Shirley L. Lorenz of Baytown; daughter Valerie Lorenz-Horton or Baytown; grandsons Jordan David Lorenz and his wife Kris of La Porte and William Joseph Horton and his wife Hannah of Livingston and great-grandchildren Calyn, Cerina, Graci, J.J., Trake, Abagail, Liam, and Aiyla.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church of Baytown located on North Main in Baytown, Texas.
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