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In Memory

James Sorensen

James Sorensen

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03/30/09 10:00 AM #1    

Fred Bay

(Provided by Misty Sorensen - Jim's widow)

After HIgh School JIm went to West Point and got his commission.

Jim served in Vietnam and for two more years before resigning in 1969. His civilian career in management began with the Bell Telephone Company in the 1970's, and during those years, we lived in Columbus, Gahanna, Huber Heights, Dayton and Piqua, Ohio. In 1985, his employer, TRW, gave him a remarkable year in Washington working with then Representative Tony Hall of Dayton on the House Select Committee on Hunger. We moved then to Jamestown, New York with TRW and Jim was Plant Manager for their successor, Valeo Engine Cooling, until his death.

During his entire adult life, Jim was an articulate and popular lay speaker, and his strong Christian faith was particularly contagious during the years when he was living with cancer. His legacy includes many who say their lives permanently affected by his example.

Jim's dad, Herb Sorensen, is still golfing and enjoying life in the Orlando, FL area, where he and Wanda, whom we sadly lost in 2002, moved from Marietta in the 1980s to join Jim's siblings, John, Vicki and Joe, all who live near him today.

Two of Jim's four children chose military careers: son James Edward, Jr. ("Jed"is a 1988 West Point Grad, and will retire from the Army as a Lt. Colonel this year; daughter Susanna went through Wheaton College (IL) on an ROTC scholarship and though now a full-time Mom, is married to an Army Major. Our Joanna and Phil are also thriving.

04/25/09 09:49 PM #2    

Judith Stewart (Deering)

I miss seeing Jim walking along the Ohio river when he
would be visiting his parents. They lived in the condos on the Ohio river before moving to Orlando, Fl. I feel
saddened he is gone.

11/14/09 03:04 PM #3    

Martha Cross (Jeffers)

Jim attended Washington School and showed leadership qualities even then. I can still picture him running around the school building during recess. He had a slight limp due to polio, and the rest of us were captivated by this intelligent, friendly, blond-haired guy. What a shame that he left us at such an early age. Martha Cross Jeffers

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