Sorenson, Raymond Kenneth (1916-2011)

Raymond Sorenson, 95, died Thursday, June 3, 2011 at LifeCare Greenbush Manor, Greenbush, MN.

Raymond Kenneth Sorenson was born February 24th, 1916 in Kremlin, MT, the son of Melvin and Mollie Sorenson. He attended primary school in Esplie Township, and later received a G.E.D. diploma.

Ray was married to Petrina Bjerken of Goodridge in May 1941, a union which lasted 55 years until her passing in 1996 and resulted in 3 sons: Gary Ray, Lee Arden, and Kevin Ross.

Ray entered the U.S. Army, served at Fort Hood. TX, and an overseas assignment in Vienna, Austria. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Besides farming, Ray worked 25 years at Grygla Co-op Creamery, also a clerk at Grygla Gambles Hardware store, drove gravel truck, was a lineman for both Rural Electric and Garden Valley telephone, and worked at pulp lumber camps for several winters.

A self-taught carpenter, plumber, electrician and mechanic, Ray was employed extensively in revamping and improving the family’s resettlement farmhouse in addition to his other responsibilities.

He was a Charter Member of Grygla Lions, a VFW member, a Deacon of Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, a member of the church choir, and a supervisor for Valley Township for 24 years.

In August 2006 he moved to Greenleaf Assisted Living in TRF and moved to LifeCare Manor in Greenbush in November 2008.

He was preceded in death by his wife Petrina (Pat); parents, brother, Myron (Jack), and sisters Inez, Myra, and Katherine.

Survived by 3 sons: Gary (Diane), Seattle, WA., Lee, Barbados, West Indies, and Kevin (Terri), Williston, ND; 5 grandchildren; a great-grandson; brother, Wilford (Bud) and sister, Lillian Newton of Grygla.

Interred Saint Olaf Cemetery

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky