Elmo Lee Sorrels was born November 23, 1915 in Pitt, MN, Potama Twp to Charles ” Blackie ” and Selma (Johnson) Sorrels, the eldest of seven children. Elmo attended the little Mahood country school completing all eight grades. Later he completed one year of High school at the Agricultural school in Crookston, MN. In March of 1940 Elmo met the love of his life, Alcia Sanford at the St. Patrick’s Day dance which was held in the Auditorium above the Creamery in Spooner, MN, now known as East Baudette. On October 15, 1940 Elmo and Alcia were married in Bemidji, MN. After the births of their first two sons, Rodney and Gary, and while Alcia was expecting their third child, Elmo was drafted into the Army, where he served in Germany and Belgium during World War 11. Elmo was discharged at Camp McCoy, WI on January 4, 1946. In the years to follow nine more children were born to this union. Elmo loved his country and was very politically minded. He was a very dedicated member of the American Legion, serving for 67 years. Elmo was also a member of many organizations including the VFW, NRA, Minnesota Certified Seed Potato Growers Assoc., Minnesota Farm Bureau, and John Birch Society. On February 17, 1958, Elmo received his private pilot license with hopes of someday owning his own airplane. After serving in the Army, Elmo joined his father in the Certified Seed Potato business where they earned several awards. He farmed in the summer and logged in the winter. After his Dad retired Elmo’s youngest son, Forrest joined him in the business. Church was very important to Elmo and he made sure his family always attended. Elmo had a love for dancing and music. He spent quiet evenings at home playing the harmonica and guitar. Singing and humming were a part of his daily routine.
He is survived by his wife Alcia, children Rodney (Susan) Sorrels, Gary Sorrels, Leslie
Sorrels, Marlin (Bob) Ravndalen, Margaret (Dale) Wilmer, Marsha (Bruce) Draper, Brenda (Don) Starren, Carla Smith, Rosanna Sorrels, Wade Sorrels, and Forrest Sorrels. Grandchildren: Shellie Sorrels, Sara (Brandon) Norling, Holly Sorrels, Blake Sorrels, Cody Sorrels, Sheila Rae Sorrels, Blaine (Heather) Sorrels, Tracy Lee Olson, Roxanne (Christopher) Runnels, Scott (Amy) Ravndalen, Renae (Patrick) Pfeiffer, Ronda (Kevin) Doyle, Dan (Tammy) Wilmer, David (Jen) Wilmer, Debra (Scott) Kingsbury, Ken (Katie) Wilmer, Kay Wilmer, Tonja (Lorne) Jonasson, Chris (Maureen) Draper, Jason (Chrissy) Draper, Justin (Kristi) Draper, Joshua (Angela) Grugal, Brandon Grugal, DJ (Amy) Smith, Tricia (James) Roberts, Gregory Sorrels, Jacqueline Sorrels. Forty two great grandchildren and ten great, great grandchildren, sister, Lennie Bain; brothers, Cy (Delores) Sorrels, Roy (Ann) Sorrels. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son; grandson, Jeremy Draper; sisters, Etna Mitchell and Myra Sorenson; brother, Horace Sorrels; and many nieces and nephews. Elmo went to be with his Lord on Monday, February 18, 2013 at the age of 97 years at the LakeWood Health Center in Baudette.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 at Bethany Lutheran church in Williams at 10:00am. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 21 at Helgeson Funeral Chapel in Warroad from 5-7pm and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Williams. Military honors by the Roosevelt American Legion.