Veral Dean Sorensen (1934 - 2013)

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Funeral services for Veral D. Sorensen, 78, were conducted by Pastor Glen Meyers on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Exira. The honorary casket bearers were: Robert Asberry, Sr. and Larry Paulsen. The casket bearers were: Kendall Logue, Cody Sorensen, Kimberly Sorensen, Kyndra Sorensen, Roger Nelson, Carey Ballou, and Dave Nelson. The Kessler Funeral Home in Exira.
Veral Dean Sorensen, the son of Clifford and Alberta (Hack) Sorensen, was born Nov. 13, 1934, at his parents' home in Shelby County, near Walnut, and died Sept. 6, 2013, at his home in Exira, at the age of 78 years, 9 months, and 23 days.
Veral was baptized at the Baptist Church. He attended rural school near Harlan, and attended Harlan High School. He then was employed as a truck driver.
In Aug. of 1955, he was united in marriage to Verlee Breining in St. Joseph, Mo. He drove for the Brooks brother's hauling livestock for a few years. Veral drove over the road for several years. Later he hauled eggs for Raymond Olsen. He then was employed by Trans-Con driving over the road and received an award for driving over one million miles with no accidents. He drove for the Audubon-Exira Ready Mix and later hauled grain for Roger Nelson. Veral has mowed for the Exira Cemetery for many years and did seasonal driving for Roger Nelson.
Veral enjoyed raising calves and raising show ponies. In 1971, he won first place for the two-pony hitch and the four-pony hitch at the Iowa State Fair. He attended the Iowa State Fair for over 50 years in a row. He enjoyed wintering in Texas, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother Lowell Sorensen.
Survivors include Verlee Sorensen of Exira; his children: Dale Sorensen of Bellevue, Neb.; Randy and wife Debbie Sorensen of Irwin; Laurie and husband Mike Uehling of Harrisburg, Mo.; Scott and wife Michelle Sorensen of Centralia, Mo.; Kendall Logue of Fort Scott, Kan.; his grandchildren: Amber, Tonya, Miranda, Cody, Kyndra, Kassandra, Alexandra, Savannah, Crystal, Jennifer, Kimberly, and Emersyn; 4 great-grandchildren: his brother Jack and wife Sally Sorensen of Dakota Dunes, S.D.; his sister-in-law Janice Sorensen of Harlan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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Kessler's Exira Funeral Home
234 W South St
Exira, IA 50076
(712) 268-2662
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Sept. 13 to Oct. 4, 2013