Elmer Sorensen

Elmer Sorensen


December 23, 1925 - December 26, 2022


Elmer Sorensen, 97, of Plankinton, SD, died Monday, December 26, 2022, at Platte Health Center. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, January 2, 2023, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Plankinton. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell.  Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Elmer Mogens Sorensen, was born December 23, 1925, in rural Plankinton, SD. He was the sixth of eight children born to Danish immigrants Juul and Inger Sorensen. He grew up on a couple of different farms south of Plankinton. He attended the rural Mullivan School through 8th grade and graduated from Plankinton High School.

Elmer was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Plankinton. He held many offices through the years, including head usher and treasurer. He served on the Pleasant Lake Township board and was active in the VFW.

Elmer spent his entire life farming in Aurora County. He was also a rural mail carrier for almost 30 years. He served in the US Army in Korea from 1950 to 1952.

He was united in marriage to Nancy Loevinger on October 24, 1964 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Plankinton. He was blessed with two children, Catherine and her husband Chris of Montana and David of Minnesota. He had three granddaughters, Sarah, Lydia, and Hannah, all of Montana as well as four great-grandchildren, Ryder, Olivia, Creedence, and Hunter.

He is survived by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Richard (Jeanette) Loevinger, and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his wife, Nancy; parents, Juul and Inger; siblings, Esther, Bob, Frank, Erna, Betty, Lorraine, and Mildred; brothers-in-law, Arnie, Clayton, Tony, Jim, and Syl; father and mother-in-law, Frank and Louisa; and niece, Gail.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Aurora-Brule Nursing Home for a new piano.



Monday, January 2, 2023
11:00 AM
St. Paul Lutheran Church
109 W State St
Plankinton, SD 57368


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Patty Silveira on January 2, 2023
Elmer was a second Dad to me…. And had the best and dryest sense of humor ever!!! I’ll always remember ‘General Custer’s Saddle’ that he ‘left’ with Elmer on his way west! And the uniform he wore hunting wild animals in Africa… which strangely resembles his Korean War uniform! So many great memories that we will carry with us always. Hugs to you both Kate & David.
Posted by Mary Ann blasius on January 2, 2023
Elmer was our neighbor for 16 years, the BEST, loved him,know he touched many lives, love to family.
Posted by Margo Sommerfeld on January 1, 2023
Elmer was a special member of our family, one of us. We enjoyed so many fun times with him sharing memories & he would always start laughing before he finished the story. He was so much like our Dad is so many ways, love the memories!.
Posted by Joe & Jan Schlimgen on December 31, 2022
Emer was a kind gentlemen who was blessed with a long life. He touched many people with his kindness & sense of humor.
Posted by Sandra Hohbach Sieg on December 30, 2022
Elmer was such a nice man - my mother Maxine Hohbach enjoyed his friendship. Sympathies to his family.
Posted by Hilary Hoffman on December 30, 2022
Probably the most kindness man you could ever meet. Always had a story to tell and was always polite. Definitely will be missed by many. Condolences to the family!!
Posted by Rhonda McGregor on December 30, 2022
Elmer was everything everyone has said about him & more. As Elmer used to tell me "I wish there was a stop button" He will be deeply missed & fondly remembered RIP Elmer
Posted by Juanita and David Edinger on December 30, 2022
We always loved visiting with Elmer. He was a wise and kindly man, interested in everything and everyone. Never said a bad word about anyone. What a great heritage! Bless all of the family as we all remember him.
Posted by Kris Kieffer on December 30, 2022
I always told Elm that he was the closest person that I had to my dad. Oh the memories we share.
Posted by Mary peters on December 30, 2022
To a person who never complained
Posted by Lisa Gerlach Seto on December 29, 2022
Elmer was a wonderful person, neighbor and mailman. He was blessed with a long life. May God comfort you Catherine, David and family.
Posted by Britt Bruner on December 29, 2022
Elmer was a true gentleman with a heart of gold and a wonderful sense of humor. We can all learn from his example. Rest In Peace.
Posted by Vince Assmus on December 29, 2022
Elmer was a GREAT man to visit with. He knew local history better than anyone
Posted by Dan Gerlach on December 29, 2022
Elmer was a great man and a better neighbor. I learned alot from Bob, Frank, Elmer, and Syl.
Posted by Bernard Strouth Family on December 29, 2022
So sorry for your loss. Elmer was a special person and he has two special children! Peaceful wishes for you Catherine, and David.
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