Posted 10/21/09 (Wed)
Clayton Sorenson, 88, rural New Town, died Thursday Oct. 15, 2009, in his home. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, rural Keene. Interment was in the Good Hope Cemetery, rural Keene.
Clayton Melbourne Sorenson was born on May 25, 1921, on his family’s homestead in McKenzie County near Old Keene, the son of Severin and Marie (Fevig) Sorenson. He was baptized and confirmed at Keene First Lutheran Church and was raised on the family farm. He also attended country school and assisted his family with their farming and ranching operation.
On Nov. 10, 1942, he entered the United States Army and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. Following his honorable discharge on Nov. 6, 1945, he returned to North Dakota.
He continued farming, ranching and caring for his mother on his family’s homestead.
Clayton was united in marriage to Eleanor Hale on Jan. 9, 1961, in Stanley. They made their home on the homestead in Keene Township of McKenzie County. Throughout the years, Clayton farmed and ranched between Keene and the Fort Berthold Reservation. In 1978, he moved his farm and ranch to the Four Bears District of Fort Berthold, west of New Town.
Clayton raised cattle, horses, and farmed his entire life. He loved attending auction sales, caring for his livestock, visiting with his many friends, having his morning coffee, reading his newspapers and watching the weather. He cherished spending time with his family and grandchildren, especially little Clayton.
Clayton is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Eleanor, of New Town; children, Sherman Eldon (Terry), of Mandan, Doris Johnson (Myron), of Trenton, Arne, of New Town, and Renae Anderson, of Fairmount, Minn.; grandchildren, Scott Wilson, Tiffanie Fragoza, Sarah Fox, Tasha Sorenson, (medium) Clayton Sorenson, Brittany Sorenson; Jessica Kinscherf Bratvold, Diana Freeman, Jake Freeman; (little) Clayton Sorenson; and Collin Anderson; several great-grandchildren; brother, Clifford Sorenson (Beverly), of Fort Atkinson, Wis., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Boyd, Palmer, Raymond and Walter; and sisters, Mildred Dahl and Constance Swiggart.
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