Harold Sorensen went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Harold had a very strong Christian faith where Jesus was always by his side. As he said at his 100th birthday party: “I am never alone. Jesus is with me.”
Harold was born in Ravinia, South Dakota, on Dec. 5, 1922. Harold's parents, Nels and Anna Sorensen, migrated from Denmark 10 years prior to Harold’s birth in 1912. fiThe first few years of his life, he lived on the Sioux Indian Reservation. In 1939, at the age of 17, Harold moved to Toledo with his family. While there, he met the love of his life, Edith Lampit, and on Dec. 20, 1942, they were married. He remained in Toledo for the rest of his life.
In 1947, after his three children were born, Harold purchased his first dump truck. In 1952, Harold and his dad, Nels, bought an old rock crusher and began mining rock. During this time, they dug out what is now known as South County Park, which is enjoyed by many South Lewis County residents. In 1965, Harold was called by Weyerhaeuser to build roads and right-of-ways. Over the next 35 years, Harold and his son, Don, built roads for Weyerhaeuser. In 1998, Harold and his son Don bought a rock crusher for the rock pit on Barnes Drive. Then, in 2005, they purchased a cone crusher. In 2017, Harold and Don leased a rock pit in Kalama called Kalama River Rock Quarry where they have been crushing rock, which is still in operation today. Harold and Don spent many years together owning and operating Harold Sorensen Trucking.
Harold is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Edith, and his two grandsons, Paul Creech and Darin Sorensen. Harold is survived by his three children, Don (Diane) Sorensen, Toledo, Mary Ann (Ron) Creech, Chehalis, and Carol Stanley, Chehalis. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Nancy (Jim) Cline, Olympia, Ryan (Lesa) Stanley, Mossyrock, Robb (Semra) Stanley, Toledo, Donny Sorensen, La Center, and Brooke (Kevin) Sorensen- Miller, Peoria, Arizona; along with 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Coming from a large family, he was also preceded in death by his six brothers and a sister. He was the only sibling to reach 100 years. Harold is now with Jesus and his family who went before him.
A service for Harold will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at Toledo First Baptist Church, located at 1278 state Route 505, Toledo. Please join the family in celebrating the life of Harold Sorensen, where food and beverages will be served. Graveside services will be held by the family.