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Robert Sorenson


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Robert Sorenson, "Bobby, Bob, Dad, Grandpa," 85, of Stoughton, Wis., ended his struggle with cancer at home in the care of his wife and daughters, with Agrace Hospice Care, on Sunday, June 15, 2014. He was born at home in Elroy, Wis., on June 26, 1928, to Mary Jane, "Jenny" and James Sorenson.
Bob was number 11 of 13 children. Dubbed the "Elroy Flash" for his fast feet and love of sports, Bob played varsity basketball as a freshman and lettered as part of the six-man football team to take state over Argyle in 1947. Bob graduated from high school in 1948, the only sibling to do so, and, according to Jenny, motivated by the acquisition of his letter sweater.
In January of 1951, Bob was inducted into the U.S. Armed Forces, serving active duty for 18 months, including combat in Korea. SFC Robert Gerald Sorenson was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1957.
Bob was self-employed for most of his life. His first business, Wonewoc Milk Service, saw him delivering milk with a winning, dimpled grin to the home of the former Janice "Jan" Mueller. They married in 1955, settling in Stoughton, Wis., where they raised two daughters, Mary and Deana.
Bob worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad as a fireman/engineer for nine years, developing a lifelong love of trains. Eventually he and Jan purchased three gas and service station/convenience stores in Janesville, Wis., and then in Stoughton. They retired from the business in 1992.
After snowplowing through long Wisconsin winters, Bob "flew" south to New Mexico, Arizona and Florida every winter he could. He golfed and fished year round. In earlier years, he hunted, especially deer and duck. His favorite spot was "Lytle's," the Mueller family cabin on Brice Prairie near Onalaska. Annual duck hunting with the guys in October eventually turned to crappie fishin' and cards. Euchre, sheep head, pinochle, bridge, cribbage -- he loved to play them all. He was an avid vegetable gardener, especially potatoes and tomatoes. His business servicing cars led to a new car fixation. Bob was never happier than when on the hunt for a new or new-to-him vehicle. Driving with his buddies for a local auto dealer in retirement kept him active and close to the trail of the next new car.
Bob and Jan are family and friends people, dedicated to service. Longtime active members of Christ Lutheran Church, Bob was an usher and could be counted on for cooking, grilling, set-up and other activities for the church, especially manning the dishwasher. He was active in Stoughton Lions Club brat, chicken, pancake and rose fundraisers. Bob especially found a home in Stoughton's American Legion, serving on the Honor Guard to give back to veterans who had served their country. The Sorensons have been very close to and supportive of their children and grandchildren and have developed dear friends across their lives and across the country.
Gone before Bob are his parents, James and Jenny; siblings, Bonnie, Clarence, Donald, George, Gilbert, Gladys, Harold, John, Millie and Vilas; in-laws Silvia "Babe" and Vernie Mueller; and numerous friends and other family.
Bob will be missed by Jan, his wife of almost 59 years; daughter, Mary Clare Sorenson (Rick, Alexandra and Danielle Mitchell); daughter and son-in-law, Deana and Bill Hall; grandchildren, Michala, Will and Grace Hall; siblings, Dorothy and Norman; brother-in-law, Deane Mueller; sister-in-law, Sonia (Rex) White; many nieces and nephews, especially Dale and Char Sorenson, Shane Mueller, Brooke, Kelly and Rex and Carol White, Andy and Eric Sorenson; and the many friends made over his nearly 86 years.
Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. up until the time of services on Thursday, June 19. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 700 County Highway B, in Stoughton, Wis., with the Rev. Scott Geister-Jones officiating. Military honors will follow. Coffee and dessert will be served in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials can be made to Agrace HospiceCare, or Christ Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are with Cress Funeral Service, 206 W. Prospect St., Stoughton, Wis., 608-873-9244. Please share your memories at: www.CressFuneralService.com.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from June 18 to June 27, 2014
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