Charles “Chuck” A. Sorensen, 76, of 2109 Pine Tree Ct., Clear Lake, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 at the Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa.
Funeral service were held Monday, Sept. 12, at Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dean Hess officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton, Iowa. Family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association.
Chuck, the son of Harry and Viola (Lauster) Sorensen, was born Aug. 26, 1935 in Thornton, Iowa. He graduated from Swaledale High School in 1953 and then attended Utilities Engineering Institute.
Chuck married Mardelle Luick on June 12, 1955 in Thornton, Iowa. They lived in Austin, Minn. where he was a tractor mechanic for International Harvester. They moved to Spencer, Iowa where he was promoted to shop foreman for International Harvester, and eventually promoted into sales. In a career move, they relocated to New Hampton, Iowa as store manager of J.I. Case and later transferred to Mason City, Iowa Case Power and Equipment, as manager, until retiring in 1990.
He enjoyed golfing, afternoon coffee with friends, car races, working in his yard, collecting toy tractors, going to antique tractor shows, traveling in their motor home, and spending winters in Arizona where he attended weekly morning prayer breakfast. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake and Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Mesa, Az.
Charles is survived by his wife, Mardelle Sorensen, Clear Lake; three sons, Douglas (Deb) Sorensen, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dennis Sorensen (friend Connie), Brooklyn Park, Minn., and David (Pattie) Sorensen, Phoenix, Az.; six grandchildren, Emily, Dane, Christian, Will, Charlene and Peter Sorensen; sister, Veryl (Richard) Hansen, Cedar Rapids, and two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Luick and Sherryl Joines.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Viola; stepmother, Dorothy; brother-in-law, Bud Luick and sister-in-law, Lorraine Jones.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.