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SORENSON, Harlan E. J. (1916-1998)


Posted By: Hancock Co Genealogical Society
Date: 9/26/2022 at 18:19:25

Harlan Sorenson

Services for Harlan Edmund J. Sorenson, 81, Crystal Lake, who died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, were held Friday, June 5, 10:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Crystal Lake with Rev. Kenneth Suetterlin officiating.

Music was provided by organist, Mabel Rensink, who accompanied vocalist, Bruce Wubben, and the congregational hymn. Donald Cottington was the usher.

Casket bearers were Roland Schubert, Jim Sorenson, Brian Sorenson, Keith Sorenson, Brad Sorenson and Bob Gerdes.

Burial was at the Crystal Lake Cemetery in Crystal Lake with Ewing Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Harlan Edmund J. Sorenson, the son of Edmund and Emily Mortensen Sorenson, was born June 13, 1916, at the family home near Crystal Lake. He graduated from Crystal Lake High School.

March 8, 1939, he married Jerry Sorensen. The couple farmed for nine years west of Crystal Lake. In 1947, they purchased the hardware store in Crystal Lake, which they both operated for 36 years.

Harlan was a member of the Crystal Lake United Methodist Church. He was an active member of the city council and Commercial club for many years and helped support many community projects in Crystal Lake. He had been a member of the Forest City Country Club where he enjoyed golfing.

Harlan and Jerry looked forward to family gatherings and their grandchildren were the highlight of their later lives. They enjoyed their winters in Texas for 10 years where they made many friends. Harlan loved the many fishing trips to Minnesota and Canada with Larry and David.

He is survived by a daughter, Joan and her husband, LaVern Buttjer of Cresco; a son. Larry and his wife, Marianne Sorenson of Mason City; five grandchildren and their families, Susan Wiger of Brainard, MN, David Sorenson of Spirit Lake, Brent Buttjer of Davenport, Kimberly Cleasby of Eagan, MN, and Diana VanHol of Bettendorf; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Russell, Morris and Kenny; one sister, Lois Otis: four stepsisters, Doryce Hanna, Dorothy Brown, Paulette Dahl, and Beth Bornum: a stepmother, Mildred Sorenson; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents: one sisters, Ruth; one brother, Calvin; and one stepsister, Marvella.

source: Leader & Signal, Garner, Iowa, 10 Jun 1998, page 6, column 1


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