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Millard C. Sorenson, 87, passed away on the morning of December 30, 2014, at home with his wife Jenny, family, and St. Joseph’s Hospice by his side.

He was born on December 26, 1927, to his mom and dad, Bertha (Peterson) and Henry Sorenson at the Sorenson farm on RR2.

Millard grew up working on the farm with his parents, and when he was 13 he hitchhiked to the Dakotas to thrash grain with his good friend, Phil “Rosie” Rose. Millard always told the stories of being in the Dakotas working and he and Rosie have been lifelong friends since they were three years old and in school together. The pair had some good times and worked together at American Materials in Eau Claire for years.

Millard was a workaholic and worked so hard some days that he would fall asleep sitting up. He loved doing construction work and pushing dirt in his dozer until everything looked just right. In 1990, Millard retired from American Materials after being there for 37 years.

Millard and his wife, Jenny, traveled North, South, and West, but not East. Jenny says you didn’t get to see much of the country because Millard was always in a hurry to get home and to get some more work done.

In 2003, Millard and his son, Dean, started their construction business together under the name M&D Excavating. They were extremely busy and hard working which didn’t bother them because they both liked to work. The business had every piece of machinery you could imagine and Millard was proud to say that “it’s all paid for too!” Millard will always be remembered by everyone as the hardest working Norwegian in the country.

Millard loved each one of his kids and his step-kids were treated as his own. He enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He especially loved his wife, Jenny, very much.

Millard was preceded in death by his mom and dad; his first wife, Lavonne (mother of his children); father and mother-in-law, Merton & Ihla Linhart; brother-in-law, Louie (Sue) Linhart; brother-in-law, Gene (Tina) Linhart; and brother-in-law, Duane (Mae) Linhart.

Millard is survived by his sons, Doug (Mary) Sorenson, Rick (Barb) Sorenson, Gregg (Cheryle) Sorenson; his daughter, Connie Gunderson; step-daughters, Diane (Rick) Nelson and Deb (Randy) Miles; step-son, Dean (Tanya) Rubenzer; grandchildren, Todd (Mel) Sorenson, Tabetha Sorenson, Mike Sorenson, Rick Sorenson, Ryka (Matt) Katon, Andie Sorenson, Ryan Sorenson, Dustin Gunderson, Dylan Underwood, Shianna (Mike) Peters, Joshua (Kim) Rufledt, Jason (Meggan) Rufledt, Jeremy (Jamie) Nelson, Jordan Nelson, Nathan (Lauren) Lotts, Austin Miles, Bryce Miles, Jameson Rubenzer, Ethan Rubenzer and Lydia Rubenzer; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He and his wife, Jenny (Linhart) Sorenson, were married on June 7th, 1980, and recently celebrated 34 years of marriage.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at Barum Lutheran Church in Elk Mound, WI, with Pastor Hal Schroetter officiating. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, January 2, 2015, at Sampson Funeral Home, in Colfax, and again one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Burial will be held at a later date.

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