Duane Sorenson, 82, Rochester

Published 9:25 am Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Duane E. Sorenson, 82, of Rochester, died Sept. 4, 2011, at the V.A. Medical Center in Minneapolis.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Ave. SE, Rochester, with the Rev. Andrew Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, 1105 12th St. S.E., and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.


Duane was born on June 28, 1929, in Bricelyn, to Stella and Ernest Sorenson. He graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1947 and married Lavon Lee in Albert Lea on Dec. 13, 1953. Duane worked 13 years at Almco in Albert Lea and 24 years at IBM as a Tool and Model Maker. He was sworn into the Army in 1951, serving our country as a sergeant and machine-gunner in the Korean War.

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Survivors include his wife, Lavon, of 57 years; son, Mark (Lucy Poole) of West St. Paul; daughters: Trudy Papke-Jung (Tom) of Chaska and Joni Maxfield (Karl) of Coon Rapids; 13 grandchildren; and brothers: Harlowe (Marlys) of Arkansas and Ronald (Virginia) of Albert Lea.

Duane enjoyed time with his family, fishing, hunting and especially his grandchildren.

Macken Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.