Alan Lorenzen
May 28, 1937 - April 23, 2018


Alan Lorenzen - MHS 1955

Funeral Services for Alan Lorenzen, age 80, of Manilla, will be at 10 AM on Saturday, April 30, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla with burial at the Manning Cemetery in Manning.
Visitation will be from 4 PM to 7 PM on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla. Visitation will continue after 9 AM on Saturday at the church.
Alan died April 23, 2018 at Denison Care Center in Denison. The Ohde Funeral Home in Manilla is in charge of arrangements.


1955 MHS graduates: Sandra Anderson, Bonnie Brus, Larry Christensen, Lynn Clark, Kenneth Dammann, Merlin Drees, Eunice Eich, Phillip Enenbach, George Eschenbacher, Dennis Fischer, Betty Foley, Ronald Frahm, Russell Frank, Donald Froyd, Joycelyn Genzen, Thomas Grau, Janis Groteluschen (valedictorian), Peggy Grundmeier, Robert Hagedorn, Shirley Hansen, Marion Hargens, Janice Hodne, Ronald Irlbeck, Sally Juels, Jeanette Justice, James Kasperbauer, Shannon Koon, Eustace Lake, Allan Lamaack, LaVonne Lohmeier, Alan Lorenzen, Edwin McConnell, Mary Alice Mohr, Lauron Musfeldt, Beverly Nielsen (salutatorian), Jane Opperman, Marlene Otto, Kathleen Ploog, Louise Polking, Delores Puck, James Ramsey, Daryle Rowedder, Carol Rowedder, Shirley Ruhde, Burton Sander, Margaret Schroeder, Verna Singsank, Mary Stangl, William Stein, Larry Thomssen, Lois Vennink, Clifford Vinke, Judith Vollmer, Dale Vollstedt, Phillip Zerwas

1955 former students: Clark Addison, Lois Armentrout, Jerold Barten, Susan Brandt, Sally Christensen, Delores Davis, Carol Fuller, Letty Fuss, LuEtta Gehlsen, Margaret Gensler, Duane Hansen, Patty Hansen, LaRue Hodne, Mary Kennedy, Marsha Kuhl, Jackie Lee, Clifford Letty, Ann Littell, Janet Martens, Ronald Masters, Kathryn Nollen, David Olbertz, Mary Ann Peters, Norman Pieper, Mark Ramsey, Gene Rostermundt, Gregory Schurer, Sondra Spicer, Janice Stein, Patricia Volquartsen, James Williams

Taken from the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book.
Alan and Bonnie Lorenzen

Alan was born May 28, 1937, in Manilla, Iowa, the son of John and Milda (Schnoor) Lorenzen. He had two brothers: Jack, who died in February 2004 and Donald, who died in infancy.
On June 26, 1960, he married Bonnie Lee Brus, daughter of Carl P. and Marie M.C. (Jahn) Brus. She has a sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Beverly) Graves of Perry, Iowa. Alan and Bonnie are the parents of three children.
Dawn Allyn - she attended Iowa University and now works for Manning Family Recovery Center.
Michael Lee married Bricy Spies. They have two children: Zachory and LeAnn. Both were born at Crawford County Memorial Hospital, Denison, Iowa. Mike is a farmer and Bricy is administrative assistant at the Manning Hospital.
Debra Lyn married Brian Birks. They have three children: Sarah, Nicholas, Christian. All three children were born at Myrtue Hospital, Harlan, Iowa. Brian works for Union Pacific Railroad and Deb is a public health nurse for Crawford County and also works for the Harlan Hospital. She attended Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska.
Alan and Bonnie graduated from Manning High School with the class of 1955. Alan served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bonnie attended Northwest Missouri State College and taught fourth and fifth grades in Manilla, Iowa.
They are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla. Although retired, they live on the family farm four miles west of Manning on Highway 141. Alan works at the Manning-Manilla Golf course during the spring and summer.

Thanks to Gary Gruhn for catching the error I had for misidentifying a picture of LaVonne "Bonnie" Lohmeier as Bonnie Brus - I removed that picture now.


Bonnie Brus


Beverly Brus - MHS 1954


Jack Lorenzen - Korean War


Alan & Bonnie Lorenzen


John L. Lorenzen farm 1 1/2 miles west of Aspinwall.

November 8, 1951 Spotlite
22 Greenhands to Be FFA Initiates

Initiation ceremonies for 22 "Greenhands" will take place at the regular meeting of the local FFA chapter this Thursday evening. Those scheduled for initiation include Lynn Clark, Merlin Drees, Kenneth Dammann, Ronald Frahm, Russell Frank, Tom Grau, Robert Hagedorn, LaRue Hodne, Duane Hansen, Ronald Irlbeck, Jim Kasperbauer, Eustace "Junior" Lake, Allen Lamaack, Alan Lorenzen, Dick McConnell, Loren Musfeldt, Norman Piper, Paul Rowedder, Clifford Vinke, Dale Vollstedt, Bill Crane and Jim Davenport.

December 6, 1951 Spotlite
37 FFA Cagers On Roster This Year

Under the guidance of Louis Muhlbauer, vocational Instructor, the following 37 boys comprise the current season's roster of basketball players, now engaged in a schedule with neighboring schools.
Ninth graders: Duane Hansen, Merlin Drees, Alan Lorenzen, Robert Hagedorn, Clifford Vinke, Dick McConnell, Russell Frank, Ronald Irlbeck, Jim Kasperbauer and Allen Lamaack.
Tenth graders: Robert Phillips, Larry John, John Petersen, Dick Dethlefsen, Bob Wycoff and Wayne Vennink.
Eleventh graders: David Muhlbauer, Glen Singsank, Glen Branning, Daryl Genzen, Norbert Stoberl, Pete Petersen, David Kracht and David Grundmeier.
Twelfth graders: LeRoy Dammann, Gene Ehrichs, Myron Bogatzke, Robert Grundmeier, Norman Andresen, Raymond Christensen and Bill Crane.

Back: Alan Lorenzen, Robert Hagedorn, Dale Vollstedt, Philip Zerwas, Mary Helen Stangl, Jane Opperman, Donald Froyd, Allan Lamaack, Jim Ramsey, James Kasperbauer
Middle: Lois Vennink, Burton Sander, Carol Fuller, Russell Frank, Bonnie Brus, Bill Stein, Betty Foley, Merlin Drees, Judy Vollmer, LaVonne "Bonnie" Lohmeier, Margaret Schroeder
Front: Clifford Vinke, Ronald Irlbeck, Janis Groteluschen, Louise Polking, Dennis Fischer, Beverly Nielsen, Shirley Ruhde, Greg Schurer, Sally Juels, Carol Rowedder

September 23, 1954 Spotlite
Personnel Named For Glee Clubs In Local High School

Kathryn McNamara, vocal instructor in Manning has chosen the following glee clubs for each class in senior high school:
Senior Class: Sandra Anderson, Bonnie Brus, Eunice Eich, Elizabeth Foley, Janis Groteluschen, Joycelyn Genzen, Peggy Grundmeier, Shirley Hansen, Marion Hargens, Janice Hodne, Sally Juels, Jeanette Justice, Shannon Koon, LaVonne Lohmeier, Mary Alice Mohr, Beverly Nielsen, Jane Opperman, Marlene Otto, Kathleen Ploog, Louise Polking, Delores Puck, Carol Rowedder Shirley Ruhde, Margaret Schroeder, Verna Singsank, Mary Stangl, Lola Vennink and Judith Vollmer, Lynn Clark, Kenneth Dammann, Merlin Drees, Phillip Enenbach, Dennis Fischer, Ronald Frahm, Russell Frank, Donald Froyd, Tom Grau, Robert Hagedorn, Ronnie Irlbeck, James Kasperbauer, Eustace Lake, Allen Lamaack, Alan Lorenzen, Dick McConnell, Lauren Musfeldt, Norman Piper, Jim Ramsey, Daryle Rowedder, Burton Sander, William Stein, Larry Thomssen, Clifford Vinke, Dale Vollstedt, Phil Zerwas.
Junior Class: Janice Ahrendsen, Carol Antone, Dorothea Brus, Karen Carstens, Virginia Dammann, Deanna Donaghu, Delores Eckholdt, Roselle Ehlers, Mardella Friedrichsen, Beverly Genzen, Janet Kuhl, Janice Laurinat, Shannon Mahnke, Joyce Nulle. Cynthia Peters, Janice Petersen, Kay Ramsey, Myrene Rowedder, Constance Trella, Eleanor Trella, Janice Vehrs, Marcella Wanninger, Gordon Anthony, Roger Barten, Gerald Beck, Robert Beisch, Bob Froyd, Larry Genzen, Emil Grau, Roger Hagedorn, Allen Hargens, Roger Hinz, Darryl Jahn, Roger Joens, Roger Koepke, Allan Mohr, Ronald Peters, Dennis Ramsey, LeRoy Venteicher, Richard Wellendorf and Larry Witt.
Sophomore Class: Elaine Ahrenholtz, Elke Bunz, Virginia Backhaus, Diane Dalgety, Darlene Genzen, Janell Hansen, Jeanette Hugg, Patricia Irlbeck, Darlene Kruse, Betty Lengemann, Beverly Lerssen, Neva Martens, Myra Meeves, Catherine Nulle, Marsha Ochsner, Betty Peters, Shirley Puck, Karen Rix, Karen Rowedder, Laurel Singsank, Anna Belle Vennink, Darlys Vollstedt, Cleo Weller, Ann Zerwas and Alys Larson, Donald Abel, Fred Branning, Richard Dammann, Lyle Drees, Ray Fink, Kenneth Frahm, Royce Genzen, Jon Groteluschen, Eugene Haberl, Jack Harmon, Donald Hansen, Ronald Hodne, Robert Horbach, Dale Jansen, Roger Justice, Donald Keat, Larry Klocke, Tommy Koon, Robert Laverty, Alan Leinen, Larry Lohrmann, Lenus Mundt, Larry Nielsen, Merlin Otto, Roger Petersen, Larry Popp, Richard Popp, Warren Puck, Ronnie Schiltz, Gary Schroeder, Victor Schwiesow, Richard Vehrs, Vernon Wagner, Errol Wegner and Larry Zerwas.
Freshman Class: Rae Lynne Wycoff, Delores Ahrendsen, Burneil Antone, Dorothy Barten, Marilyn Bogatzke, Darlene Eckholdt, Linda Fischer, Priscilla Hiatt, Susan Jansen, Janice Jensen, Marcia Martens, DeAnn Miller, Ruth Ohde, Susan Paulsen, Joyce Renze, Patricia Sextro, Marilyn Sonksen, Shirley Venteicher, Barbara Vollmer, Carol Vollstedt, Judith Wegner, Imogene Haberl, Judith Hugg and Joan Martens, Larry Anthony, Roger Beck, Roger Christensen, Wesley Cooper, Larry Jentsch, Gary Koon, James Kuker, Allen Laurinat, Robert Moore, Gary Neubaum and Vincent Ress.


Carl Brus farm
Previously the Jurgen and Emma (Eggers) Bruhn farm 1 mile west and 3 1/2 miles north of Aspinwall

As with much of my information I present on my web pages, I also include connections to my family history...
Here is the connection between Bonnie Brus' family and my family.


John and Anna Ehrichs
Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of John's sisters, Anna or Trinka.

1 Peter Ehrichs August 3, 1806 to April 25, 1895
Catharina Jurgens October 10, 1820 to June 15, 1884

2 Johann (John) Ehrichs born in Norderstapel, Germany March 6, 1846 to March 11, 1934 came to US about 1866 with parents.
Anna Jurgensen Feb 24, 1855 in Delve, Holstein, Germany came to US in 1869 married January 26, 1872 Clinton, Co. Iowa

3 Louie Ehrichs

4 Dorothy Ehrichs

5 David Kusel


John Ehrichs' sisters - also born in Norderstapel
2 Anna Ehrichs
Hans Eggers

3 Anna Eggers
Henry Brus

4 Carl Brus
Marie Jahn

5 Bonnie Brus
Alan Lorenzen

Hans Eggers, son of Jacob Eggers, was born in Germany in 1834. He was married to Anna Catherina Ehrichs, born in 1840. They lived in Germany for seven years and then came to America and settled in Clinton County, Iowa. Their son Jacob and daughter Maggie were born in Germany. Five more children were born in Clinton County and the youngest was born in Hayes Township, Crawford County. They farmed in eastern Iowa until they moved to Crawford County in 1870. They farmed on the Emil Meggers farm, now owned by Claus Bunz, 2 miles west and 2 3/4 miles north of Aspinwall. Later they moved to the Aspinwall vicinity to the present Chris Brandt farm. Following this they lived in Aspinwall, which is presently the Henkelman home. Mrs. Eggers spent the last years with her daughter, Mrs. Anna Brus, where she passed away in 1922. Her husband died in 1912. Their children were Jacob, Maggie, Peter, Emil, John, Emma and Henry. Emma married Jurgen Bruhn and lived one mile west and 3 1/2 miles north of Aspinwall on the farm now owned by her nephew, Carl and Marie Brus.
Anna married Henry Brus
and farmed in the Aspinwall vicinity and later at Manilla.

Henry T. and Anna (Eggers) Brus children

Back: Edward, Jack, Henry
Front: Carl, Edna Lohrmann, Hugo

2 Trinka Ehrichs
August Hansen
Their children: John F. Hansen, Miss Maggie Hansen, Mary (Mrs. Henry) Mundt, Emma (Mrs. John) Pencker, Mrs. Henry Stuhr


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