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Kenneth Sorlie

August 08, 2017 - December 02, 2017

Private service will be held on Monday at Boulger Funeral Home


Boulger Funeral Home

Kenneth Sorlie

August 08, 2017 - December 02, 2017


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.


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9 responses to “Kenneth L. Sorlie”

  1. Bill Berg says:

    Sorry for your loss. Lots of memories from years ago.

  2. Steve and Sandra Brammer says:

    To the family of Kenneth, sorry for your loss. We are so grateful he was a part of our mother’s life (Grace Brammer). Take comfort that he is with our Lord and Savior and happy with those he loved on earth. May you and all his surviving family enjoy peace and comfort in the coming days, in celebration of his life.

  3. Jim Haukedahl says:

    Wayne and Carol

    Sorry for the loss if your father.

  4. Lana Perry says:

    Heaven gained a wonderful man over the weekend. Ken was not only a first cousin to Altha, he had become such and good friend . We are thankful for his friendship and kindness. We will always carry him close to our heart..
    Hugs and caring prayers to all the Sorlie family. Lana (Johnson) Perry

  5. Jane Lindblad says:

    Wayne & Carol…So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. We have fond memories of Ken fishing Blossom lake. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Eloise and the Maneval girls.

  6. Julian and Shirley Twedt says:

    We are in Arizona so will not be there for Ken’s service, We enjoyed getting to know Ken, You all have our deepest sympathy. From Julian and Shirley Twedt

  7. Nancy Young says:

    To the family of Kenneth L. Sorlie. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. Isaiah chapter 25 verses 8.

  8. Rev David Hitchcock says:

    Wayne and Joan sorry to hear about the passing of your father . He is at peace and i hope and pray for you and the rest of your family to find peace in Jesus Christ. God bless.

  9. Jane Harmon Lindsay says:

    Dearest Carol…I saw your dads picture in the paper and many memories flooded my mind of growing up on that little one way together! I can still see your dad with hammer in hand going up and down 6th avenue fixing up things for people! I remember the rides he shared with my dad taking us to piano lessons at Mrs. Rillings house! And the time out dads took us to the fair together! Lots of good times together! Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you! The last memory I have of your dad was when I ran into him at the clinic and we had a good visit. He shared that he was healthy and happy and as long as he could keep dancing with all the little old ladies at the center he was good! So cute! And your dad was pretty good looking so I am sure there were a lot of ladies waiting for him to give them a whirl!

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