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Ervin Sorensen, 94, of Grand Island died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at Golden
LivingCenter-Park Place in Grand Island.
service will be held at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand
Island at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Harvey Johnson will officiate.
Following the service, burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.
There will be a gathering of family and friends at All Faiths Funeral Home from
4 to 7 p.m. Monday.
Ervin was born March 21, 1914, near Cambridge, the son of John and Metto (Anderson)
Ervin is survived by his wife, Irene; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Roger and
Dee Sorensen of Westminster, Colo., and Allen Sorensen of Grand Forks, N.D.;
a daughter and son-in-law, Parma and Thomas LaBrie of Grand Island; and sister
and brother-in-law, Joan and Don Hansen of Central City.
He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their spouses,
Melanie and David Oppenhuizen of Grant, Mich., Tamara Vodehnal of Westminster,
Colo., Tawnya and Jay Johnson of Northville, Mich., Branden Sorensen of Highlands
Ranch, Colo., Nathan LaBrie of Lincoln, C.J. Oppenhuizen of Grant, Mich., and
Reagan Johnson of Northville, Mich.
Ervin grew up in Hamilton County, attending Hamilton County School District 94.
He was united in marriage to Irene Marie Nelson on June 14, 1939, at York. The
couple worked on a farm northwest of Brush, Colo., from 1939 to 1943, and then
farmed near Hordville until 1947.
Ervin worked for Beatrice Foods out of Central City until 1950, when he learned
the sheet metal trade and worked for the L & V Furnace Co.
He bought out the L & V in 1972 and owned it until his retirement in 1986.
After his retirement, Ervin ran the train at Stuhr Museum for three years.
Ervin was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church and was a Boy Scout leader.
Among other things, he enjoyed small woodworking projects.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Messiah Lutheran Church or donor's
He is preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Esther (Bankson) Sorensen;
a sister, Myrna Isakson; and a brother, Harvey Sorensen.