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Raymond W. Sorensen - Flandreau: March 29, 1915 Nov. 15, 2012

Posted: Friday, Nov 16th, 2012

Raymond W. Sorensen, 97, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the Avera Flandreau Medical Center.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Second Presbyterian Church in Flandreau. Burial is in Union Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Skroch Funeral Chapel.

Ray, as most people called him, was born on March 29, 1915, in Grovena Township, Moody County, the son of Henry and Jesse (Randersen) Sorensen. He attended and graduated from Juve Country School and continued his education at Flandreau High School.

In the late 1930s, Ray worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps, helping to build roads and dams in the Black Hills.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the South Pacific as a supply sergeant with the 147th Field Artillery during World War II. In 1945, he was honorably discharged from the service and returned to Flandreau.

Ray married Edith Wilkins Stephenson on Dec. 31, 1945, in Pipestone, Minn. They farmed northwest of Flandreau for one year and then lived and farmed the Siep farm southeast of Flandreau until purchasing the Carlson farm in Alliance Township in 1957.

In 1977 Ray and Edie semi-retired and moved into Flandreau. Ray continued to farm with his son, Larry, until the late 1980s; however, he may not have helped physically, but was always very interested in the progress of the crops.

He served as treasurer for Thompson Country School for many years and helped with the consolidation process, served as an Alliance Township Trustee, was a 4-H leader and enjoyed helping his children with their 4-H projects. He also enjoyed going on trail rides, horse shows, and cards and more cards.

He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Flandreau, serving on the board of trustees.

Ray and Edie moved into Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in February of 2009.

Edie died on May 1, 2011.

He is survived by his four children: Lynn and Linda of Alton, Iowa, Judith Wilson of Lexington, Tenn., Rod and Karen of Sac City, Iowa, and Larry and Gina of Flandreau; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Iva Erickson of Flandreau.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edie of 65 years; granddaughter, Shelly Miller; brother, Donald; and a sister, Edith Rosheim.

For online condolences, visit www.skrochfc.com.

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