Raymond Sorensen Sr.

Sorensen Sr., Raymond C. Age 90, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He was born to Hans Christian and Maren Kristine in Waukegan, Illinois, on March 25, 1922. He resided in Waukegan until 1996, when he began splitting his time between New Smyrna Beach and Wadsworth, Illinois. Ray owned and operated Sorensen's Phillips 66 service station in Waukegan with his brother Norman for 30 years in Waukegan. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, golfing and cycling. He was a member of the Danish Brotherhood and a World War II veteran. In the military, he was a member of the 41st Armored Infantry Division, a purple heart recipient, participated in the D-Day Invasion and captured as a prisoner of war during his service in Germany. Recently, he was recognized at the National WW II Museum in New Orleans with a plaque in honor of his donation of WW II artifacts. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys of 50 years, his parents and his 10 siblings, Margaret, Emil, Rich, Tom, Ollie Hutton, Clarence, Norman, George, Kamma Nagode and Henry. He is survived by his 3 children, Bonnie Sorensen, M.D., of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Raymond Jr., (Marie) of Wadsworth, Illinois, Sue Dixon (Thomas) of Gurnee, Illinois, as well as his 5 grandchildren, Jenna Sheahy, Mikk Sorensen, Kyle Sorensen, Ryan and Maren Dixon, 3 great grandchildren and a special friend and companion in New Smyrna Beach, Helen Griffith. A private service was held by his immediate family.

Published in News Sun from Jan. 19 to Jan. 25, 2013