Kenneth Luther Sorlie went to meet his maker Saturday December 2 in Sioux Falls. Born August 5, 1925 in Maddock, Ken grew up in Walcott before moving to Fargo, where he lived most of his life before moving to Sioux Falls earlier this fall. In July of 1949 he married C. Jean Slater (1927-2006). After the loss of his first wife he married Ruth Svenkerud (2008 to 2009) and was a kind and loving husband to both.
After spending his childhood working on the family farm in Walcott, and spending a stint training troops at Fort Lewis, Washington during World War 2, Ken moved to Fargo and went to work for North Dakota Metal Culvert Co. and concluded his working life at NDSU.
After retiring, Ken and Jean moved to a home at.the lakes, and spent several winters in San Juan, Texas to avoid the harsh winters.
In addition to his love of the lake, fishing, gardening, and socializing, Ken was also very helpful to friends, neighbors, and family with their lawn maintenance, painting, snow removal,
He was proud of his Norwegian heritage, being a long time member of Sons of Norway and loving to go to lutefisk dinners there and at the Walcott church. Kenneth was also active in his home church Olivet Lutheran for many years
Ken was a very caring man who thought about his extended family, friends, and relatives more than most people realized. He loved spending time with family and his friends at the Cooperative Living Center.
Ken, who was very proud of his children, their spouses and his grandson is survived by them: son Wayne and daughter-in-law Joan of California, daughter Carol (Daly) and son-in-law Mike of South Dakota, and grandson Derek (Daly) of Oregon as well as a nephew, Gary, and several cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, SD or Cooperative Living Center in West Fargo, ND would be lovingly appreciated.
A private memorial service will be held at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center.