Lorge, Richard J.

Victor, NY

Richard “Dick” Lorge, 85, died peacefully, surrounded by his children, following a long battle with Primary Progressive Aphasia, on the morning of Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.

He was born on May 1, 1934, in Cudahy, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee, the son of Frank and Leona Schiller Lorge.

In his childhood his family moved to Port Washington, Wisconsin where he attended school and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1952. After high school he joined the Army and served in Okinawa, Japan as a radio operator.

On Jan. 22 1955 he married the love of his life Roseann Lorge of Lake Church, Wisconsin at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Church, Wisconsin.

The couple lived in Port Washington until 1964 when they moved with their young family to Riverdale, NJ. In the early 1970’s they relocated and settled in Victor, NY.

After his military service, Dick worked as a draftsman for Bolens in Port Washington before finally pursuing a career in sales prompting his move to New Jersey. He was a precious metals salesman in New Jersey, before moving to Victor to take up a sales position in water filtration products with Filtros. He retired from the Filtros Division of the Ferro Corporation in East Rochester, NY where he had been their primary salesman for many years.

He was an enthusiastic member of the Canandaigua Yacht Club and was an avid sailor, joyfully competing there weekly with his wife Roseann on an Ensign class sailboat, the couple also traveled to participate in Ensign class sailboat regattas throughout the region. Dick and Roseann also loved to travel to the Caribbean to sail chartered sailboats.

Dick has been a devoted and faithful member of St. Patrick’s Church since moving to Victor and enjoyed sharing his singing talents in the church choir for many years. In addition, he was a member of the Catholic Knights at St. Patrick’s.

He loved and thoroughly enjoyed his family and life, and was always willing to try new things. He also loved a good joke and was also a keen follower and an early adopter of many cutting-edge technologies and devices throughout his life.

Mr. Lorge is survived by his devoted family, three sons, Jeff (Tammy) of Round Rock, TX, Chuck of Victor, NY, and Jon (Deb) also of Victor NY; two daughters Barb (Bill) Harris of Farmington, NY and Kathy (Grant) Vanderpool of Parrish, FL; five grandchildren, Clay (Laura) Harris, Nicholas, Jason, Michelle and Mary Lorge; five great-grandchildren Noelle, Wes, Ethan, Violet, and Stella. Also survived by his dear siblings: two brothers Jim (Ruth) Lorge and Bob Lorge; one sister Carol Ann Filo; one sister-in-law Joan Lorge. Also his special friend Carolyn Kevin; and many loving nieces and nephews. All missing him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Roseann on Feb. 9, 2004, parents and in-laws; two brothers, Eugene and Jerry; and one sister Mary Jo Bruecher; sisters-in-law Carol Lorge and Jeanne Lorge; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Gordon and Laverne Lorge, Vernon Lorge, Bob and Armella Lorge; and two grandchildren, Steven Harris and Rebecca Lorge.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Jarmusz-Cotton Funeral Home (26 Maple Ave. Victor, NY). A funeral mass will be held Friday, Nov. 22 at 10:00 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (115 Maple Ave. Victor, NY).Interment will be in St Patrick’s Cemetery in Victor. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association are welcomed.


  1. Barb and family,
    So sorry for your loss. I used to love sitting next to your Mom and Dad @ Saint Patrick’s and hear your Dad ‘s beautiful voice. They were such great people. You are in my thoughts and prayers..
    Carol Norman

  2. Always enjoyed Dick whenever he entered a room. He had a great laugh and a solid singing voice. In the 80s & 90s, he and Roseann were a wonderful couple and enjoyed to party.

    Now they have both graduated to the next life. Our Faith reminds us that they’re in a better place. We all should hope to be there someday.

    Prayers for Dick, Roseann and the Family.

  3. Dear Lorge Family:

    I was so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He interviewed me for the Sales Coordinator job at Filtros in 1986 and 33 years later I’m still working there! And after all these years I still miss him. He was a wonderful co-worker, mentor and friend. He had a great sense of humor and was a master joke teller! I always genuinely laughed at his jokes no matter how many times I heard them! He was a devoted husband and father and was always bragging about his kids (and his newest cutting-edge technological device!) He loved life and lived it to the fullest. My deepest sympathies go out to all of you.

    Jennifer Turner

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