Arnold LaVerne Sorensen was born in rural Guthrie Center on June 3, 1930, the son of Hans and Edith Sorensen. Arnie, 90, passed away December 12, 2020 at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, IA. After graduating high school, Arnie served in the Army during the Korean war. He was very proud that he hit his first target as he trained with a bazooka. He was stationed in Germany. After his service ended, he chose not to return to the family farm because he wanted to be a "town boy". He moved to Manson where he lived the rest of his life. He remained active in the VFW and Color Guard. Arnie worked many years for Calhoun County driving a maintainer to keep the county gravel roads safe for the public. He met his future wife, Loretta Hall Rinehart, in Manson and they married on April 7, 1972. Arnie and Loretta had an open-door policy in their home and anyone that passed through their door were sure to be welcomed with open arms and have a good time. They were die hard Hawkeye fans and well known for raising the roof during games. After Loretta passed away in 2010, Arnie very much missed cheering on the Hawkeyes with her; but now they are watching the games together again in Heaven and still raising the roof.
Arnie is survived by his children through marriage; Sandy (Larry) Melco of Palmer IA, Michael (Juli) Rinehart of Coralville, IA, Patricia Spiess, Palmer, IA, Kirby (Patrick) of Lenexa, KS, a sister, Norma McMichael (Thomas deceased), Audubon, IA, a sister-in-law, Mary Beth Sorensen (Jerry deceased), Panora, IA, nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hans and Edith Sorensen, stepfather Gaylord Long, brothers Merlin Sorensen, Jerry Sorensen, Dale Sorensen/wife Wilma, sister Donna Parker/husband Gary.
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