Darrell D. Sorenson Sr.
Veteran
Date of Birth
August 19, 1929
Lebannon, South Dakota
Entered into Rest
November 16, 2021
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 ~ 9:00 a.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Omaha National Cemetery ~ Omaha, Nebraska
Military Honors by U.S. National Guard & American Legion Post #1

Memorials

Alzheimer’s Asssociation

Darrell Dwight Sorenson, Sr., 92, passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at Oxbow Living Center in Ashland, NE. He was born August 19, 1929, near Lebanon, SD to Dorothy and Clifford Sorenson.

He met his wife of nearly 70 years when working at John Morrell Meat Packing. In 1950 they married, and Darrell joined the Army National Guard serving in the Korean war.

While working for the City of Wichita, he found his passion in life: helping people with addiction problems. He had a wealth of knowledge from personal experiences and was a strong advocate for AA and NA programs. He developed a counseling technique where addicts learned to help and encourage one another to seek and stay in supportive programs. When hired by UPRR in Omaha, he was asked to develop a similar program for their employees. It became the gold standard for railroads across the country and his work won national and international attention.

He had a big smile, loved dogs and telling jokes, was an eloquent speaker and storyteller.

He is survived by his 5 children: Darrell Sorenson Jr. of North Platte, NE, Deb (Steve) Shonkwiler of Decatur, NE, Theresa Sorenson of Thornton, CO, Mark (Delora) Sorenson of Omaha, NE, and Daniel (Amy) Sorenson of Gretna, NE; brothers, Denny (Jane) King of Sioux Falls, SD; Gary (Cookie) King of Canton, SD and sister, Dee Dee (Rudi) Schiffer of Memphis, TN; 26 grand- and great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are wife, Mary Ann (Park) Sorenson, grandchildren Faith and Brian Sorenson and parents Dorothy and Sam King.

Condolences for Darrell D. Sorenson Sr.
  1. Darrold Williams
    • November 17, 2021 - 3 weeks ago

    Sympathy to the family. May he Rest In Peace!
    Dianne and Darrold Williams

  2. JUDY AND Russ Cross
    • November 18, 2021 - 3 weeks ago

    So sorry for your loss he was one loved guy and and will always have a place in my heart. RIP Darrell.

  3. Bob and Fran Ronnau
    • November 20, 2021 - 2 weeks ago

    Our deepest sympathies. We will remember Darrell, Sr. as such a kind-hearted man with the most gentle humor and infectious smile.

  4. Rich Fabian and Family
    • November 22, 2021 - 2 weeks ago

    Don’t shed tears because Darrell is gone, smile because he enlightened and touched so many lives Our heartfelt condolences are always with all of the Sorenson’s. Darrell was always good for a story or a laugh or two. A great mentor, father, and a great friend and neighbor. We love you guys and thank you all for being a part of our lives on 65th Avenue. Hugs from the Fabians. Rich, Denise, Shirley, Linda, Donna, Laura, Jim and the rest of the crew.

  5. Dan and Arlene Zack
    • November 23, 2021 - 2 weeks ago

    So sorry for your loss. You have my and Arlene’s deepest sympathies at your Father’s passing.

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