Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Nov 26, 2015
Funeral services for Leroy (Buddy) Lorenz, 78 of Giddings, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Robert Tiner officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Leroy (Buddy) Marion Lorenz was born on August 27, 1937 in Giddings, Texas, to Robert Reinhold Lorenz and Clara (Hielscher) Lorenz. He was baptized on September 26, 1937 by Rev. G.W. Fischer and confirmed on March 31, 1951 by Rev. Max Studtmann at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings. His confirmation verse was 2 Corinthians 6:18, "I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty”. Buddy was united in marriage to Shirley Ruth Mersiovsky on June 2, 1957 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings by Rev. Max Studtmann. They were blessed with two children, Robert Harry and Tamera Lanesse.
Buddy was a graduate of Giddings High School class of 1955. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education from Southwest Texas State University in 1959 and his Master’s in Education degree in 1972. He completed coursework for superintendent certification in 1990. His teaching and coaching career began in 1959 at Rockdale ISD and continued at A&M Consolidated and Georgetown Independent School districts. In 1970, he returned to Giddings where he served as head basketball coach, junior high principal, and principal of Giddings High School from 1974-1994. He very much enjoyed his time with students and teachers throughout the years and was always excited to see former students and hear of their success in their lives and work.
During his 35 years in education he was affiliated with many organizations and groups whose goal was to promote and support the education of children. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and served in various capacities for both church and Christian day school. He proudly served as a member of the Giddings Rotary in his earlier years and later in the Giddings Breakfast Lions Club. After retirement from the school system in 1994, Buddy was busy with gardening, ranching, and serving on the Board of Directors for Education Service Center, Region XIII in Austin, Texas. He looked forward to family gatherings and spending time with the grand-children and great-grandsons.
Buddy passed away shortly after midnight on Thursday, November 26, 2015, surrounded by his family at his home in Giddings, following a battle with cancer.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert (Bobby) Lorenz, Jr.; parents-in-law, Harry and Margaret Mersiovsky and nephew, Jerry Robert Throckmorton.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley Lorenz of Giddings; children Dr. Robert (Butch) Lorenz, D.V.M. and wife, Madonna of Arlington, Texas and daughter Tammy and husband, Tim Hartfield of Giddings, Texas. Grandchildren, Madonna Lynn and husband, Ron McClure, Magen and husband, John Hearn and Robert Harry Lorenz Jr., all of Arlington, Texas, Thomas and wife, Brittany Hartfield of College Station, Texas and Robin Kate Hartfield of Giddings, Texas. Great-grandsons, Nolan and Keaton McClure and Clark Thomas Hearn. He is also survived by sister, Ethel and husband, Jimmy Throckmorton of Rockdale, Texas and brother-in-law, Charles Mersiovsky and wife, Margaret of Giddings, Texas.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ron McClure, John Hearn, Thomas Hartfield, Robert Lorenz Jr., James D. Throckmorton, Jim Melcher and Dennis Bass.
Special thanks to Brigette, Alma, and the staff of Hospice Brazos Valley for their compassionate care and the many family and friends who prayed, visited, and shared memories over the past months. Thanks also to Dr. Thomas Borgstedte and Dr. Erin Fleener for guidance through this journey.
The family requests that in lieu of floral contributions, please consider memorial contributions to Immanuel Lutheran Church Refurbishment Fund, 300 N. Grimes Street, Giddings, Texas 78942, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries – Camp Lone Star, P.O. Box 457, La Grange, Texas 78945, or the charity of one’s choice.
Funeral services for Leroy “Buddy” Lorenz, 78 of Giddings, Texas, are pending at this time.
Leroy Marion Lorenz was born on August 27, 1937 in Giddings, Texas to Robert Reinhold Lorenz and Clara (Hielscher) Lorenz. Buddy was united in marriage to Shirley Ruth Mersiovsky on June 2, 1957 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings and was a retired principal at Giddings High School. He passed away shortly after midnight on Thursday, November 26, 2015, surrounded by his family at home, following a battle with cancer.