Sorter, John Melvin (1913-2008)

John Sorter died on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN at the age of 95 years, 3 months and 18 days. May his memory be blessed.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, July 21, 2008 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Voelker, Ph. D. officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Middle River, MN.

Visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at the Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with a 5:00 P.M. Prayer service on Sunday evening and also at the church on Monday for one hour prior to the service

John Melvin Sorter was born on March 29, 1913 in Marshall County, MN, the son of Jens and Emma (Paetznick) Sorter. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith and attended country school.

John was united in marriage to Mabel Severts on June 26, 1939 in Newfolden, MN. The couple farmed in Cedar Township, near Middle River until June 11, 1998, when they moved to Skylite Apartments in Thief River Falls, MN. He moved to Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls in September of 1999. He also worked for Schenkey Construction, Bengtson Turkey Farm and Sorter Construction. He enjoyed gardening, hunting deer and loved visiting with family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Ringbo.

John is survived y his wife, Mabel of Thief River Falls, MN; two sons, Merle (Donna) Sorter of Eagan, MN and James (Sandra) Sorter of Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren: Kevin (Keri) Sorter of Thief River Falls, MN, Kimberly (Brian) Van Elsberg of Thief River Falls, MN, Dawn Hinojosa of Glencoe, MN and Todd (Wendy) Sorter of Chaska, MN; step grandchildren: Kent Morrison of Eagan, MN, Kari (Art) Vesel of Farmington, MN and Kirk Morrison of Eagan, MN; great grandchildren: Lindsey Van Elsberg, Katelyn Sorter, Kenzie Sorter, Kora Sorter, Hayden Sorter, Samantha Sorter, Amber Sorter, Olivia Vesel, Clara Jo Hinojosa and Olivia Hinojosa; one sister, Junis Tanner of Thief River Falls, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Lisa Sorter; great grandson, Beto Hinojosa; and brothers: Art Sorter, Albert “Lennie” Sorter and Walter Sorter.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky