He was born July 25, 1928, at Loyal, Okla., (near Okeene) to Harry and Freda (Weber) Lorenz. He grew up on the family farm in that area and attended schools there, graduating from Loyal High School in 1946. He moved with his parents to a farm north of Altamont in 1951.
He worked on the family farm and at O.E. Woods Lumber Co. before becoming employed by Union Gas Co. He first delivered propane gas and later became plant manager for the company at Columbus and then at Parsons and eventually became area manager.
Les was a faithful servant of the Lord. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Parsons, where he had been a deacon, youth sponsor and choir member for many years. He became a licensed lay minister and served at Dennis Baptist Church and Kincaid Baptist Church. He was ordained while serving in Kincaid. Later he served as part-time pastor of Grant Avenue Baptist Church in Chanute and First Baptist Church in Pittsburg. After suffering a stroke, he had to withdraw from his ministerial work.
He enjoyed woodworking, doing home remodeling and making wood furniture for his daughters and grandchildren. His garage was his “man cave.” He loved to garden. He loved his family and friends and possessed a good sense of humor.
On Dec. 25, 1951, he married Nadine Amrine at First Baptist Church of Parsons. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two daughters, the Rev. Debi Lorenz and Connie Bolt, both of Parsons; two grandsons, Jason Bolt and his wife, Darah, of Riverton and Josh Bolt and his wife, Minna, of Parsons; and five great-grandchildren, Bryce, Ethan, Ragan, Jaxen and Grayson.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and three brothers, Daryl Lorenz, his twin, Wesley Lorenz, and Frank Lorenz.
The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church of Parsons and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.