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Lt. Col. Richard V. Lohrens

March 4, 1920 April 10, 2019
Lt. Col. Richard V. Lohrens
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Lt. Col. Richard V. Lohrens
1920 ~ 2019
Lt. Col. Richard V. Lohrens, 99, of Shippensburg, departed this life on the morning of Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Chambersburg Hospital.
He was born on March 4, 1920, in Chicago, IL, a son of the late Louis F. and Hildegard (Schulz) Lohrens.
Richard was employed by the American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Corp., as an accountant until 1941 when he was drafted for service in WW II. As an officer assigned to the 34th Infantry Division he received the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Combat Infantry Badge for outstanding service during combat in Tunisia, North Africa, and Italy. After intense combat in the mountains of Italy, from Salerno Beach north to Cassino, he returned to the U.S. and was assigned to the Chicago Ordinance District procurement office.
After WW II he was employed by the Ford Motor Co., to manage the “Babe Ruth” Little League Program that terminated in a World Series at Comisky Park in Chicago, with 15,000 fans attending and “The Babe” making his last public appearance. Thereafter, Richard was a FMCO District Representative until he was recalled to active duty for the Korean War.
In 1953, after the Korean War, he worked at the U.S. Army Weapons Command in the Rock Island Arsenal as a Supervisory Equipment Specialist, until retiring on June 30, 1973. Richard wrote several maintenance, repair, and rebuild manuals for weapons systems on various combat vehicles. Also, he provided technical support to several field commands and other nations using U.S. equipment.
Richard was a staff member of the Davenport, IA, 5041 USAR School for officers and was director of training for Ordnance Personnel. When retired, he lived on Marco Island, FL, for twenty-two years, before moving to Pennsylvania.
He is survived by nephew, Keith Lohrens and wife Sandy of Frankfort, IL; three great nephews; one great niece; and eight great great nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his sister, Leonora Usborne; and his brother, Frederick Lohrens.
His funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, April 13, 2019, in the Remembrance Chapel at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc. Pastor George W. Heckard will officiate. Interment with military honors will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Chicago, Il, after services at the Schmaedeke Funeral Home in Worth, IL. Visitation Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Service Friday, April 19, 2019 10:00 AM. For information 708-448-6000 or www.schmaedekefuneralhome.com


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Thursday

18

Apr

4:00 PM 4/18/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 4/18/2019 8:00:00 PM
Schmaedeke Funeral Home

10701 S. Harlem Avenue
Worth, IL 60482

Schmaedeke Funeral Home
10701 S. Harlem Avenue Worth 60482 IL
United States

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Friday

19

Apr

10:00 AM 4/19/2019 10:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 4/19/2019 10:30:00 AM
Schmaedeke Funeral Home

10701 S. Harlem Avenue
Worth, IL 60482

Schmaedeke Funeral Home
10701 S. Harlem Avenue Worth 60482 IL
United States
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