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Sorensen, Robert “Rusty” (1922 – 2007)


Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 9/7/2013 at 19:14:19

Name of deceased: Robert "Rusty" Sorensen

Aged: 85 yrs, 4 mo, 11 days

Residence: Little Flower Haven Nursing Home, Earling, IA

Born: Jan. 16, 1922, in Corley, IA

Died: May 27, 2007, Earling, IA

Funeral services: Wednesday, May 30, 2007, Pauley Jones Funeral Home, Harlan, IA; Rev. Heather Ploen officiated. Burial, with Military rites conducted by the Harlan American Legion Helmer Reyelt Post No. 150 and Shelby County VFW Post No. 941, was in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA.

Survived by: Sons, William Sorensen of Westphalia, IA and Mike Sorensen (spouse, Laura) of Dow City, IA; grandchildren, Amy (spouse, Craig) Crilly of Harlan, IA, and Nick Larson, Jackie Larson, Pat Nelson and Cody Nelson of Dow City, IA; great-grandchildren, Jazmine, Jonah and Jack Crilly, all of Harlan, IA; brothers-in-law, Francis Schneider of Corley, IA, and Howard Schneider of Avoca, IA; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends

Predeceased by: Parents, William and Rachel (nee Cushing) Sorensen; son, Paul; daughter, Jean; brothers and sisters, Irma Condor, Viola Briggs, Howard Sorensen, Mary Slate, Paul "Bud" Sorensen, and Kenneth "Tubby" Sorensen.

Education: attended country school in Corley, IA

Religious affiliation: no information provided

Military service: On Aug. 12, 1942, Rusty enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country honorably until his discharge at Camp Lejeune, NC, on Oct. 24, 1945

Marriage: Dorothy Schneider, Feb. 23, 1951, Omaha, NE

Employment: After high school, Rusty worked at the sawmill near Corley, IA. After his military service during World War II, Rusty lived in California and worked at his brother’s filling station. After a short time in California, Rusty returned home to Corley and worked as a hired man on area farms. After his marriage to Dorothy, they continued to make their home near Corley until the mid-60's, when they moved into Harlan where Rusty tended bar at the VFW. A short time later, Rusty began working at Mickel’s Restaurant where he became the night manager for several years before retiring in 1983. In Rusty’s retirement, he and Dorothy remained in Harlan where Rusty was quite proud of his large garden, especially his tomatoes that he sold out of his garage.

Hobbies/Interests: gardening

Sources: pauleyjones.com


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