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Los Angeles, CA 90045
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William Edward Sornborger

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October 13, 1926 - August 18, 2015 William (Bill) Edward Sornborger, 88, passed away peacefully from complications of Alzheimer's Disease on August 18, 2015 at Sunrise Senior Living, Playa Vista CA. He is now in the presence of the Lord! He was born October 13, 1926 to Will J. and Hannah Sornborger in Los Angeles and attended First Lutheran Church of Culver City. Just days after graduating from Hamilton High School in June 1944, Bill began his Navy career, training at the Naval Air Training Center in Jacksonville, FL. He received an honorable discharge in June 1947. Bill went on to attend UCLA, earning a BA in Industrial Design in 1951. His favorite adventure during his college years was a road trip to Alaska with two cousins. Bill worked as a salesman for Kittleson Company, and in 1957 was hired at North Star Company (which manufactured custom roll formed metal products), embarking on a 46 year career. He intentionally lived out his Christian faith as a business employee, owner, President and Chairman. Bill was married to Diana Dotseth in 1955 in Los Angeles, and they had 4 children, Eric, Jon, Carol and Joy. The family moved to Westchester in 1962, becoming members of Our Savior Lutheran Church and later First Lutheran in Inglewood. Bill was an active leader in many organizations including Walther League / Wheat Ridge Ministries, Bread for the World, TreePeople and Boy Scouts of America. Bill and Diana founded Daystar Designs, a company that made products to enhance home worship. Bill and his family loved the outdoors and had many memorable and fun vacations camping. In 1977 Bill and Diana purchased Chalk Hill, a 10 acre place of retreat in the Santa Ynez Valley that family and friends continue to enjoy. An annual highlight has been a weeklong summer vacation at Hume Lake Christian Camps in the Sequoias with extended family. Bill is remembered for his deep faith, quick wit, sweet and confident nature, and wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Diana of nearly 60 years and their four children Eric (Jo) Sornborger, Jon (Suzette) Sornborger, Carol (Ron) Chitwood and Joy (Gerald) Stutts; 10 grandchildren Devon and Tatum Sornborger, Isaac, Hannah and Aaron Sornborger, Kevin (Melissa) Chitwood, Christopher (Melissa) Chitwood, Renee Chitwood (John) Bacon, Katie Stutts (Andrew) Wall, Erika Stutts; and 5 great grandchildren Irelynn and Mackenzie Chitwood, Ryan, Jackson and Hudson Bacon. A celebration of life service will be held at Westchester Lutheran Church on October 3, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, 2015
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