William”Bill” Sorenson


William “Bill” Sorenson, 87, Pipestone died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 at the Pipestone County Hospice House.

A memorial service was held on Friday, March 15 at Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone.

Interment was in New Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone.

William “Bill” Sorenson was born on July 13, 1936 to Everett and Jennie (Pedersen) Sorenson in Eden Township, Pipestone County, Minn. He attended country school until the eighth grade. He graduated from Pipestone High School in 1954.

In January 1955 he enlisted in the Army. He completed training at Fort Riley, Kan. Before being transferred to Germany where he was stationed until January 1958. He returned to Minnesota and worked for Mpls Moline Company in Sioux Falls, S.D. In September 1958 he began working for Walkup Implement as a parts man and salesman.

He met Lois Goltz on a blind date in March of 1959. They were married at Tracy Methodist Church in Tracy on Sept. 5, 1959. Following their marriage they lived in Pipestone where he continued his career in sales and service at the Pipestone Boat Factory (Bayliner), HyPane Gas Company, Skelgas, Thermo-gas and Cenex. Following his retirement in 1998 he worked part-time for Ludolph Bus Service for a number of years.

Lois preceded him in death on May 8, 2018. After her death Bill continued to live in their home, the house with the purple door.

Bill was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January of 2024. He entered the Pipestone County Hospice House on Feb. 24.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #6. He and Lois were members of the Hiawatha Club for 48 years. He was involved in various aspects of the club, from running the arc lights for the annual Song of Hiawatha Pageant to serving as president of the club and directing the production, among other duties.

He is survived by his children, Lesa Sorenson, Lakeville, Londa (Erik) Quittem, Lakeville and Bradlee (Sandra) Sorenson, Plymouth; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one sister, Ann Sorenson, Edina.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; his son, Barton; his parents; and two brothers, Lauren Sorenson and Robert Sorenson.

(Hartquist Funeral Home,

Pipestone Chapel)