Richard E. "Dick" Sorenson

Richard E. “Dick” Sorenson, 77, of Columbus, Pa., died of a sudden illness, on Monday, July 28, 2014, at UPMC Hamot, Erie, Pa.

He was born on March 13, 1937, in Corry, Pa., a son of the late Oluf Wilbur and Margaret Campbell Sorenson.

Dick was raised and educated in Corry, graduating from Corry Area High School in 1955. As a young man, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps for two years. He was on tour in the Mediterranean Sea area.

Following his honorable discharge, Dick returned to this area and worked for the VanTassel dairy farm in Corry and the Merv Troyer dairy farm in Union City. Since 1963, Dick has had his private pilot license and had done crop dusting in the area during the 1960s.

Dick was the plant manager for Troyer Farms Potato Products for 33 years, retiring from there in January of 2000. From 1981 until 2002, he and his wife owned and operated Engle Furniture Company in Columbus. He also operated Corry Aviation from 1998 to 2005, and was currently serving as the Corry-Lawrence Airport manager. 

Dick was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Corry. He enjoyed golfing, flying and especially liked spending time with his family.

He also had many friends in the Amish community.

In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death on March 5, 2013, by his wife, Marlene A. Roth Sorenson, whom he married on Nov. 28, 1958, in Corry, Pa.

Dick is survived by two daughters, Jill Johnson and her husband, the Rev. Tom Johnson, of Columbus, Pa., and Jennifer Lathrop and her husband, Tom Jr., of Corry, Pa.; two sons, Jim Sorenson, and his wife, Patty, of Corry, Pa., and Jay Sorenson, and his wife, Lorena, of Union City, Pa.; a sister, Kay Pelinsky, and her husband, Jim, of South Daytona, Fla.; and a brother, Dr. Douglas Sorenson and his wife, Shirley, of Erie, Pa.

He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Charla, Trina, Kara, Drew and Marissa Sorenson, Ben Johnson, Heidi Stewart and her husband, Steven, Melissa Johnson, Kevin, Ray and Gabriel Sorenson, and Olivia and Jackson Lathrop; three great-grandchildren, Alana Sacchetti, Caleb Johnson and Kya Humphries; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., on Thursday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 921 N. Center St, Corry, Pa., on Friday at 11 a.m. Janet Sill, lay minister, will officiate.

Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Corry, Pa.

Memorials may be made to the Evangelical United Methodist Church Missions Fund, 921 N. Center St., Corry, PA 16407.

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