Hillsboro – Loren Groening, 84, died May 26, 2019 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born December 27, 1934 to David and Karoline (Weinbrenner) Groening in Hillsboro. He married Lois Weber August 26, 1955 Strassburg Baptist Church Rural Marion. Survivors include: wife, Lois Groening of Hillsboro; son, Kelly Groening of Estes Park, Colorado; daughter, Terri Groening of Sarasota, Florida. Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019 at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro officiated by Pastor Keith Harder. Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. 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
Life Sketch Taken From the Funeral Bulletin
Loren Groening, son of David and Karoline (Weinbrenner) Groening, was born on December 27, 1934 in Hillsboro, Kansas. He 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. His main job was to help his father and his uncle, Arnold Weinbrenner, repair and mount car and tractor tires.
Loren was baptized on April 2, 1950 and joined the First Mennonite Church. He later served the Church as a Sunday school teacher, youth sponsor, and trustee. He particularly enjoyed being a trustee and responsibilities that came with it.
While in high school, Loren met his future wife, Lois Weber. After graduating in 1953, Loren attended Bethel College in North Newton for two years, however he drove back to Hillsboro every weekend to see Lois. On August 26, 1955, they were married in the Strassburg Baptist Church near Canada, Kansas. The couple then moved to Wichita where Loren attended Wichita State University and Lois worked at the Boulevard State Bank.
Deciding that small community life was more to their liking, Loren and Lois moved back to Hillsboro after one semester at WSU. Loren went to work as a parts man at the Allis Chalmers dealership which had since been sold by his parents. Over the next several years, their two children, Terri Diane and Kelly David were born. In 1958 Loren completed a correspondence course in electronics and was offered a job by Sperry Rand in the state of New York. At the same time, a business opportunity opened up locally which sealed the decision to remain in Hillsboro.
In partnership with his father, Loren went into the clothing business, naming it Groening Clothiers. He managed the business for the next 29 years, until 1988. He enjoyed the interaction with the public and was thankful for the many wonderful and loyal customers.
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 during a key expansion phase, 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 and Lois shifted gears in many ways. They worked at the Snow Mountain YMCA Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado on three separate occasions, with the longest lasting 2 ½ months. They also became part-time tour directors for Prudent Tours, leading 29 tours over a 10-year period. In doing so, they were privileged to travel to all 50 states in the U.S. And Loren began his second career, selling real estate and becoming a licensed appraiser.
The Family will remember Loren for his humor, his belief in doing things and treating people in the right way, and his faithfulness to his church, community, and family. He touched many lives and will be missed.
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.