Published DateLACONIA — Arthur A. Sorrell, 94, of 283 White Oaks Road and formerly of 58 Lyford Street, died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, January 17, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Sorrell was born May 8, 1918 in Laconia, N.H., the son of the late Fred Archie and Laura (Caron) Sorrell.
Mr. Sorrell was a lifelong resident of Laconia and graduated from Laconia High School .
He was a M/Sgt. In the U. S. Army, serving for twenty years during WWII and the Korean War, retiring June 7, 1960 from Fort Knox, Kentucky. He had received the following awards: Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp and Five Loops, American Defense Service Medal with Foreign Service Clasp, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with One Bronze Service Star, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and the United Nations Service Medal. He had been employed at Scott & Williams for thirty years and for General Electric for fourteen years, retiring in 1981.
Mr. Sorrell was a communicant of St. Joseph Church. He was a member and past Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Laconia Post #1670 and was a member of the Wilkins-Smith Post #1 of Laconia.
Mr. Sorrell enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, fishing, bowling, gardening and playing cards.
Survivors include three sons, Fred A. Sorrell and his wife, Mary, of Laconia, Arthur E. Sorrell of Laconia and Gregory Sorrell and his wife, Ann, of Londonderry; four daughters, Rosemary (Sorrell) Poudrier and her husband, Maurice, of Laconia, Laura (Sorrell) Seeley of Laconia, Deborah (Sorrell) Brodbeck and her husband, Joseph, of Venice, Florida and Jayne (Sorrell) Rudberg and her husband, Glenn, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; seventeen grandchildren, Vickie (Jordan) Haynes, Michelle (Poudrier) Downs, Julie (Poudrier) Plante, Denise (Poudrier) Normandin, James Sorrell, Sandra Sorrell, Jessica Stitt, Brendan Sorrell, Alexandra Sorrell, Michaela Sorrell, Alicia Sorrell, Thomas Sorrell, Julia Sorrell, Andrew Sorrell, Melissa Rudberg, Kirsten Rudberg and Annaleise Rudberg; eighteen great grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Sorrell, of Pembroke; ten nieces and five nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Jane T. (Laska) Sorrell, who died in 2011 and by a brother, Laurent.
Family calling hours will be held.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 11:00AM at St. Andrew Bessette Parish – St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial will be at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Laconia Rehabilitation Center – Activities Fund, 175 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, NH 03246 or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway Suite 1509, New York, New York 10018.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.