The Rev. Edmund Gene Lorence, age 93, formerly of Dassel, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016.
He was born Feb. 6, 1923, on a farm near Dassel, to Edward and Blanche Lorence.
Edmund enlisted with the US Marine Corps Raiders June 15, 1942, and fought in fierce combat on Guam and other areas of the South Pacific. Even though he came out of World War II unharmed, the unseen wound found its mark.
Edmund graduated from Biola University after the war, and served as a missionary with Un-evangelized Missions in Brazil, on the Amazon. He spent two years working with indigenous tribes in the primitive backwaters of the Amazon River.
Edmond married Dorothy, and they raised a family of five children.
Family was important to Edmund. Practicing the gift of hospitality, there was always an extra plate or two at the dinner table.
He served as an elder for Bethany Presbyterian Church in SE Minneapolis, and recorded a music record for a Christian Native American gospel group.
True Minnesotans love to fish. Edmund holds the record for the largest muskie caught in 1986, on Leech Lake; and he loved to eat fish, including acquiring a taste for lutefisk.
After Dorothy died, Edmund married Bess. His family grew with five stepchildren, and numerous grand- and great-grandchildren.
Ed and Bess were counselors with Morning Star Christian Ministries, which Edmund founded.
In 2001, Edmund visited and enjoyed his homeland, the Czech Republic.
In addition to his first wife, Dorothy, Edmund was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marion Dahlberg; a brother, Lloyd; and stepson, Thomas.
He is survived by his wife, Bess; sister, Lucille (Don) Lanning; children Grace (Rich), Gene Jr. (Anetha), Larry, Robert (Julie), and Rebekah; stepchildren Jaqlyn (Randy), Greg (Michelle), Kelly, and Teri; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many spiritual children.
Funeral services took place Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. at Plymouth Covenant Church in Plymouth.