Arthur C. Sorum, 97, of Devils Lake, formerly of Churchs Ferry, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at 10:45 p.m. at the Aneta Parkview Health Center, Aneta, surrounded by his loving family.
Arthur was born to Otto and Margaret Sorum on Nov. 14, 1914, in Hillsboro. He married the love of his life, Nora Jean Hong of Buxton, on Dec. 31, 1936. This wedding of hearts resulted in the births of the following six children: Janis, Jerry, Joel, Jeff, James and Jack. Following his graduation, Art's adventurous spirit resulted in life as a hobo riding the rails to the West Coast and then back home. His love for railroads led him to work as a depot agent for the Great Northern Railroad for the remainder of his working life, retiring in 1975 after 40 years.
No one was a stranger to Art and he wanted to make sure he would meet them again in heaven. Art was always kind and caring, respectful of all. Everyone was greeted and treated like a child of God. The coffee pot was always on and the door always open at the Sorum house. He and Nora showed heavenly compassion to so many neighbors to whom compassion had rarely been shown. Art had a love affair with adventure in life welcoming new and different challenges.
Art and Nora's adventures led them to Norway, mission trips to Central America and South America, numerous trips to the Yukon and Alaska, sailing trips in Northern California, and family fishing and hunting trips to Canada, Montana and western North Dakota. The adventures never took the place of family get togethers. Whether there were four family members for lunch or 60 members at Christmas, dad and mom were happiest when family was present.
Art was greeted in heaven by his wife of 60 years, Nora, his parents, three brothers, one sister and a daughter-in-law, Sue.
He is survived by: six children, Janis, Jerry and Harriet, Joel, Jeff and Sue, Jim and Pat, Jack and Mari Don; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Dad, we will forever be grateful for all you have taught us through your actions and your words. Your unconditional love will be with us always, and our love with you. You will be in our hearts forever. We are not saying goodbye; we will greet you in heaven.
The past two years of Art's life were greatly enhanced by the gracious care of the staff of the Aneta Parkview Health Center in Aneta.
Celebration of Art's life: Thursday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m., at River of Life Assembly of God church in Devils Lake.
Burial: Churchs Ferry Cemetery, Churchs Ferry.
Visitation: Today, Sept. 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. with a time of sharing at 7 p.m., all at River of Life Assembly of God church in Devils Lake.
Memorials will be donated to missions that were important to Art and Nora.
The Nelson Funeral Home of Leeds is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at (www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com).