Alfred Sorrell

img070EDITAlfred Glen “Al” Sorrell, age 93, of Sedalia, Missouri, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 at his home. He was born on September 25, 1923 in Hunnewell, Missouri to Roy Edward and Minnetta (Megaffin) Sorrell, who preceded him in death.
 
He graduated from Hunnewell High School. Al lived many years in Monroe City, Missouri where he worked at a hotel before he went to work for the Henderson Produce Company where he eventually became plant manager. While working at Henderson’s, Al was drafted into the army. He served his country honorably in the United States Army and was trained as a surgical technician and served in a medical unit for the 192nd Ordnance Battalion. He served in the South Pacific during the Second World War including the Battle of Okinawa. Al was the last surviving veteran of the company with whom he served. After the war, Al returned to his work at Henderson’s until he moved to Sedalia in 1965 where he worked for MFA, Swift and Company, and Central States Tool and Engine. Al worked at Central States until his full retirement in 1994.
 
In his spare time, Al enjoyed working on cars and small engines, particularly lawn mowers. He called himself a “neighborhood mechanic” but others often referred to him as “Mr. Fix-It” because it seemed like he could repair just about anything.
 
In 1941 in Monroe City, Missouri, he married Donna McGlothlin. Children are Linda Koch and husband Dennis of Elmwood, Kansas; Garry Sorrell and wife Betty of Sedalia, and Debra Phillips of Lincoln, Nebraska.
 
In 1968, in Sedalia, Missouri, he married Wanda Lewis, who resides of the home.
 
Children are Linda Williams and husband Doug of Lebanon, Missouri; Michael Barber of Lebanon; Donna Hendrickson of Spearman, Texas; Lori McCullough and husband David of Sedalia; David Sorrell and wife Deann of Columbia; and Scott Sorrell and wife Missy of Rolla, Missouri.
 
He is also survived by his grandchildren; Lucas Koch, Lance Koch, Kady Roberts, Lori Sorrell, Justin Sorrell, Lacey Belt, Shelby Teeter, Andrew Sorrell, Dana Kizzier, Jamie Malone, Lisa Shubert, India McCullough, Paige Reque, Kearn McCullough, Abbey Sorrell, Jack Sorrell, Reid Sorrell, Justin Sorrell, Tristah Sorrell, Kyndra Sorrell, Thomas Sorrell, and many great grandchildren.
 
One of Al’s favorite roles in life was that of “Papa ‘Rel.” He was a beloved grandfather and was even called Papa ‘Rel by his grandchildren’s friends.
 
In addition to his parents; step mother, Bertie Sorrell; and his first wife Donna, he was also preceded in death by an infant son, Larry Sorrell; two brothers, Gilbert Sorrell and Terry Sorrell; one son-in-law, Randy Hendrickson.
 
A celebration of life gathering of family and friends will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2017 Rea Funeral Chapel.
 
A private family burial will be held at a later date.
 
Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Cemetery in care of Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia.

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