Elmer Sorensen

Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010

Former Juneau resident Capt. Elmer Sorensen died May 5, 2010, at his home in The Villages, Fla., after suffering a long-term illness. He was 69.

Born Oct. 23, 1940, in Sheybogen, Wis., he graduated from East High School, Green Bay, Wis.; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in 1962, with a Bachelor of Science in engineering; and the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.

Upon graduation from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, he served as a deck watch officer on the cutter Rockaway. Additional assignments included district staff civil engineering in Honolulu, Seattle and Juneau.

He also served at the Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City, N.C., and as executive officer of the Coast Guard facility in Kodiak. His career also included Chief of Personnel for the Coast Guard district in Juneau and District Chief of Engineering in St. Louis, where he retired in 1986 as a captain.

During his Coast Guard career, he was awarded a Coast Guard Commendation Medal and a Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

Following his Coast Guard career, he worked as a civil engineer for the state of Alaska Divisions of Pioneers Benefits and Fish and Game, and retired again in 2001. His wife, Linda, retired after teaching in Alaska for more than 30 years.

He enjoyed boating, hunting, fishing, square dancing, golf and was very active in Rotary International and the Masons. He was a Past Master of Gastineau Lodge Nr 124 in Juneau.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Coast Guard Master Chief Elmer and Dorothea Sorensen.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Sue Williams Sorensen; sons, Donald Sorenson, of West Virginia, and Robert Sorenson and wife, Jodi, of Virginia; two grandsons, Robbie and Ryan, of Virginia; and sisters, Sue Maedke, of Algoma, Wis., and Lynn Rasmussen, of Stevens Point, Wis.

Funeral and internment was held in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and a memorial service was held at The Villages.

The family requests gifts in lieu of flowers to UF Interstitial Lung Disease Program, UF College of Medicine, University of Florida, 1600 SW Archer Road, P.O. Box 100225, JHMHC, Gainesville, FL 326120-0225.

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