KINGSFORD - Vernon G. Sorenson, 88, of Kingsford, died on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain after a brief illness.
He was born on April 21, 1924, in Lake Linden, Mich., to the parents of Dorothy (Hocking) Sorenson and Adolph Sorenson. He moved to this area as a small child with his parents and two brothers and two sisters. The five Sorenson children spent their whole life in Iron Mountain and Kingsford.
He joined the U.S. Army on Sept. 12, 1942, and was honorably discharged on June 6, 1945. He served his country in World War II fighting in Africa, England, Germany, Italy and France. He was wounded in action in St. Raphael, France on Aug. 18, 1942. He is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Upon his return home, he married the former Shirley Sinclair of Kingsford on July 14, 1945. They spent 53 years on 344 Maple St. in Kingsford. He owned and operated the Vern Sorenson Co., where he sold and installed precast concrete steps and residential and commercial siding.
Vernon served as state and local president of the United Commercial Travelers of America and was the local secretary-treasurer of the Iron Mountain Council 688 for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Dickinson County Pilots Association and had a private pilot's license. He served 12 years as a member of the Dickinson County Hospital Board and was also a Dickinson County commissioner representing Kingsford for many years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley and his daughter, Shirlee (Herb) Haase of Kingsford; two brothers, Glen and Fritz; and two sisters, Beverly (Richard) Klienschmidt and Connie (Bruce) Carpenter.
Vernon is survived by his son, Craig (Jacquie) of Aurora and his son-in-law, Herb Haase of Kingsford; grandson Steve Sorenson of Kingsford and grandchildren, Kathleen (Brian) Lemke of Jackson, Wis., Naomi Haase of Great Falls, Mont., Drs. Joel (Lisa) Haase of Lansing, Faith (Louis) Almedo of Cheboygan, Wis., Paul (Jennifer) Haase of Cheboygan, Wis. and Sarah Haase of Cheboygan, Wis. Vernon also had 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was proud to have a great-grandson, Craig Sorenson of Kingsford, serving his country in the United States Army National Guard in Afghanistan.
There will be no services held at this time.