DEATH: Loren J. Groening

Loren J. Groening died May 26, 2019, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

The Celebration of Life Service is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro officiated by Pastor Keith Harder.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

He was born December 27, 1934, in Hillsboro to David and Karoline (Weinbrenner) Groening. Loren was the younger of two children, with an older sister Leora.

Loren grew up in the Hillsboro community where he attended grade school and high school. In his early teens he began working in the family business, the Groening Implement Company, which consisted of an Allis Chalmers dealership and a Firestone tire store.

After graduating from high school in 1953, Loren attended Bethel College in North Newton for two years. In August, 1955, he married Lois Weber, whom he had met in high school. After one semester at Wichita State University, Loren and Lois returned to Hillsboro to start a family. Two children, Terri Diane and Kelly David, were born over the next several years. In 1959, Loren went into the clothing business in downtown Hillsboro, under the name of Groening Clothiers. He became a mainstay in the Hillsboro business community for the next 29 years, until he sold the business in 1988.

Community involvement was important to Loren and he served in various capacities. He was a longstanding member of the Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of Lion’s Club, including its president in 1965/66, a member of the Salem Hospital Board of Directors for twelve years, a member of the Hillsboro Planning Commission, and a member of the Hillsboro Development Commission for fifteen years.

After retiring from the clothing business, Loren began a second career as a licensed real estate appraiser and agent. He and Lois became part-time tour directors for Prudent Tours, leading 29 tours over a 10-year period, and also worked several stints at the Snow Mountain YMCA Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado.

Loren was baptized in April, 1950, and joined the First Mennonite Church at that time. He later served the Church as a Sunday school teacher, youth sponsor, and trustee.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents and sister. He is survived by his wife, Lois, Terri Groening and Randy Morningstar of Sarasota, FL, and Kelly Groening of Estes Park, CO.

Memorials to Hillsboro Community Foundation or Camp Mennoscah in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com.