Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, Ia., with Rev. Dean Hess officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton, Ia. Visitation will be Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake and one hour before the service on Monday at the church. Family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association.
Chuck, the son of Harry and Viola (Lauster) Sorensen, was born Aug. 26, 1935, in Thornton, Ia. He graduated from Swaledale High School in 1953 and then attended Utilities Engineering Institute.
Chuck married Mardelle Luick on June 12, 1955, in Thornton, Ia. They lived in Austin, Minn., where he was a tractor mechanic for International Harvester. They moved to Spencer, Ia., where he was promoted to shop foreman for International Harvester, eventually promoted into sales. In a career move, they relocated to New Hampton, Ia., as store manager of J.I. Case, and later transferred to Mason City, Ia. 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, 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, Ariz.
Charles is survived by his wife, Mardelle Sorensen, Clear Lake, Ia.; three sons: Douglas (Deb) Sorensen, Cedar Rapids, Ia., Dennis Sorensen (friend Connie), Brooklyn Park, Minn., and David (Pattie) Sorensen, Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren: Emily, Dane, Christian, Will, Charlene and Peter Sorensen; sister, Veryl (Richard) Hansen, Cedar Rapids, Ia.; and two sisters-in-law: Phyllis and Sherryl. 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, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa. 641-357-2193 www.colonialchapels.com