Georgie Lorenzen
Georgie Lorenzen

Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project

Niobrara County Library - George Jurdgen "Georgie" Lorenzen (June 23, 1939 - November 23, 1949)

George Jurdgen "Georgie" Lorenzen (June 23, 1939 - November 23, 1949)

Johnny & Margaret Thon Files
May 25, 1949

Death Brings Relief to Georgie Lorenzen Suffering With Lukemia Since March

Thon book No. 3

The pain and suffering caused by the dread disease of leukemia ended for George Lorenzen, 10year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jurdgen (Jake) Lorenzen, last Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.

Early in March this year it was discovered that he had the disease and shortly later he was taken to Children's Hospital in Denver, where he was treated for some time. He then returned home for a while, but when his condition became worse late in July he was again returned to Denver. In September at the boy's urgent request, he was again brought home.

Earlier Wednesday he went into a coma, then rallied to recognize his parents, describe some beautiful thoughts and sing before saying good-bye, apparently aware that death was to bring relief.

The return home had been happy for him despite the pain. His room became a maze of model airplanes and other things that he and his dad had worked at together. As he could, he worked at his Cub Scouting and looked forward to the time when he could again get out with the other boys. Countless letters and cards came to him from far and wide. He was greatly interested in the Lusk High School football team, several of whose games were played close to his home.

"Georgie" as he was familiarly known, was born in Lusk on June 23, 1939, and most of his life was lived here. The family did live a few months in Iowa while Mr. Lorenzen was attending a U. S. Naval training school during the war. Following Mr. Lorenzen's discharge from the service the family move to Sterling, Colo. for a year.

It was at Sterling that Georgie became a Cub Scout a year ago in June, and after the family returned to Lusk he transferred his membership here. His mother became a Den Mother, and the den of boys met in the basement of the Lorenzen home.

George would have entered the fifth grade in Lusk schools this year had his health permitted. It was thus appropriate that the newly organized children's choir of Fifth and Sixth graders of the Congregational Church should sing at his funeral service.

Funeral services were held from the Peet Mortuary Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with the Rev. Lawrence Juell of the Congregational Church officiating. George had been a member of the Congregational Sunday School.

Organ music was provided by Mr. J. P. Watson, and the children's choir under the direction of Mrs. Dale Bardo sang "Rock of Ages," a favorite of Georgie, and "This Is My Father's World." Miss Judith Watt was accompanist.

The crowd that filled the mortuary to capacity and the mass of flowers evidenced the tribute to the little boy and his family. Always attentive to things of beauty, George had enjoyed much the flowers that had been brought to him.

Surviving besides his parents are a sister, Kay; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Clara Lorenzen; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Barnhart, North Loup, Neb. and a number of aunts and uncles.

Mr. and Mrs. Barnhart, because of ill health, were unable to attend the services. A brother of Mrs. Lorenzen, Charles Barnhart of Seattle flew here, and then took the Huff charter plane on to North Loup to visit his parents. An aunt and uncle of Mrs. Lorenzen, Mr. and Mrs. Art Birk, North Platte, Neb. were also here, as were Mr. and Mrs. Warren Schroefel of Cody and Mrs. Lyle Miles and daughter Lola of Gillette.

Casket bearers were Garry Paisley, Graydon Hoblit, Bert Gibson, and M. S. Jordan. Lusk Cub Scouts attended in a body.

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Beulah Lala Lorenzen (May 23, 1880 - April 1, 1958)

Charles Jurden Lorenzen (April 6, 1908 - July 12, 1935)

Clara Tracy Lorenzen (October 27, 1872 - October 28, 1960)

David B. Lorenzen (April 27, 1929 - August 16, 1991)

Dennis Kelton Lorenzen (March 5, 1940 - March 13, 2008)

Doris Irene Lorenzen (March 6, 1902 - June 7, 1973)

Doris Jane Lorenzen (April 12, 1963 - April 5, 1964)

George Dale Lorenzen (April 19, 1918 - October 13, 1989)

George John Lorenzen (1870 - January 8, 1916)

Harry Franklin Lorenzen (May 6, 1906 - February 7, 1973)

Hollie Mae Lorenzen (February 27, 1983 - April 5, 1983)

Jay Dee Lorenzen (September 28, 1942 - June 27, 1995)

John Benjamin Lorenzen (July 3, 1903 - December 30, 1972)

Jurdgen P. Lorenzen (August 8, 1911 - October 19, 1966)

Jurgen Detlef Lorenzen (September 17, 1875 - April 9, 1954)

Larry Rae Lorenzen (November 11, 1933 - February 11, 2010)

Maxine Lorenzen (October 26, 1919 - February 15, 2006)

Wanda Mae Lorenzen (April 30, 1929 - December 27, 2003)

Ida Low (Date Unknown - February 22, 1931)

Florence Clara Miles (November 27, 1916 - July 13, 1984)

Lyle Laverne Miles (July 5, 1906 - November 23, 1985)

Edith May Rosas (May 30, 1911 - November 3, 1985)

Charles Theodore Schroefel (October 18, 1878 - August 30, 1948)

Doniphan Charles Schroefel (October 25, 1915 - January 19, 1922)

Edward Herman Schroefel (March 1, 1880 - April 20, 1955)

Esther Schroefel (October 16, 1884 - February 24, 1977)

Florence L. Schroefel (1924 - May 9, 1961)

John Schroefel (October 9, 1839 - January 24, 1914)

Mary Louise Schroefel (March 9, 1854 - May 24, 1922)

Maude Theresa Schroefel (November 5, 1891 - July 16, 1982)

Warren Harvey Schroefel (May 1, 1918 - March 15, 1982)

Effie I. Senters (September 5, 1901 - June 10, 1988)

Victor B. Senters (March 2, 1902 - March 2, 1982)

Frances Vernette Wahl (August 3, 1919 - November 15, 2011)

Harold Jacob Wahl (August 5, 1915 - September 2, 1972)

Joan Winfield (March 4, 1933 - March 30, 1994)

Emily L. Wood (December 7, 1899 - October 1, 1968)

Samuel Joseph Wood (April 30, 1898 - October 18, 1957)

Mae Woznik (April 19, 1897 - July 1, 1991)

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