Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 9, 2010
James F. Sorenson of Canal Winchester, Ohio, passed away Jan. 4, 2010, at age 87.
James was born in Albert Lea, on March 25, 1922, to Alfred and Bethel.
Jim served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was married to his late wife Lila for 56 years. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for 44 years before retiring in 1982 and moving to Desert Hot Springs, Calif. In Desert Hot Springs, he and Lila enjoyed maintaining their citrus orchard, traveling the country in their motor home and were very active with the local Eagles and Elks Lodge organizations. After the death of his wife Lila, Jim moved to Columbus, Ohio, to be closer to his son, Bruce, and his family. He was known as a true family man by all accounts and was referred to lovingly by his youngest great-grandson as “Big Grandpa,” not for his physical stature but because he meant so much to his family.
He is survived by his sister, Phyllis Lokken; son, Bruce and daughter-in-law Nanette; son, Dan and daughter-in-law Jenny; grandsons: Jason and Michael (Bruce), Corey and Shawn (Dan); granddaughter, Jan (Michael), eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Lila, in 2003, and son Michael in 2000.
A private memorial service in Canal Winchester, Ohio, will be held for close family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please contact Phyllis Lokken for donations to be made to Calvary Baptist Church of Albert Lea. Donations can also be made to either the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association in Jim’s name.