Born 10-19-1925 -- Died 1-2004
Lehman Earl Sorrell was born on Oct. 19, 1925, to Alsia and Bessie Sorrell on his family's farm near Myrtle Mo. He attended Myrtle Grade School and Couch High, graduating in 1943. He then enlisted in the United States Army and honorably served in Austria, France, and Germany during World War II.
He married Edna Hyde on Sept. 7, 1946. Lee and Edna lived in St. Louis, Mo. and then in Thayer, Mo., before moving to Hoisington, Kans., in 1951, where he was employed in the oil fields. The family relocated to Newton, Ks. in 1953, where Mr. Sorrell worked various sales and route jobs, then at American Coach as a cabinetmaker, and Hesston Corporation as a welder. He was also a self-employed pest control operator, and ran a tree trimming and landscaping service for 25 years. After retiring from business in 1988, he continued to work, carrying out groceries at South Dillon's for five years. He was active in his church, loved working in his yard and shop, and spent much time remodeling and adding to the family home. Family get togethers were an important part of his life, and he especially enjoyed being a grandfather to Courtney and Jake Sorrell, and Tabitha, Misty, Caleb, and Josiah King.
Lee is survived by Edna, his wife of 57 years, his son Larry, who lives in Colorado Springs, Co., daughter Melanie and her Husband, Steven King, Kansas City, Kan., and the grandchildren mentioned above. Other survivors include one sister, Lillian Eck, Goltry, Okla., three brothers, Clifford, Fred, and Thurman, all of Myrtle, Mo., and a large extended family.
His parents and one sister, Dora Lela Beisley, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were Dec. 27, 2003, at the Meridian Baptist Church in Newton, with Rev. Jerroll Martiens and Dr. George Miller officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, under the direction of Petersen Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established with Meridian Baptist Church where he was a member for more than 35 years.