Bruce A. Sorum

July 17, 1927-May 18, 2019

Bruce A. Sorum, 91,

Bowbells, died Saturday,

May 18, 2019 in a Mohall

nursing home.

Bruce Arnold Sorum

was born in Portal, ND,

on July 17, 1927, a son of

Marius and Anna (Ren-

strom) Sorum. He was

raised and educated in the

Flaxton area, where he at-

tended school through the

eleventh grade and gra-

duated in 1945 from

Westhope High School.

He furthered his educa-

tion by attending the

University of North Dako-

ta and Minot State Teach-

ers College.

In December of 1951,

Bruce enlisted into the

United States Navy.

Although he never was

called to active duty, he

was proud of his service

as a member of the Naval

Reserve. He was honor-

ably discharged in Janu-

ary of 1959.

On March 15, 1952,

Bruce was united in mar-

riage to Mavis J. Thomp-

son. They made their

home in Westhope until

1953 when they moved to

a farm northwest of

Bowbells, in North Star

Township, Burke County,

where they lived until

1975. Bruce was the

owner/operator of Sorum

Construction. In 1968, he

saw a need for machinery

sales in the area and be-

gan Sorum Machinery,

which sold Steiger,

Morris, and Bush Hog

machinery. Mavis passed

away on February 14,

1996. Bruce continued to

be active on the farm until

2018 when he moved to

the Good Samaritan

Center in Mohall, ND.

Bruce attended the

Norwegian Lutheran

Church, until its closure,

and later the Bethlehem

Lutheran Church of

Bowbells, ND.

Bruce is survived by:

Sons: Kim (Joanne)

Sorum, Bowbells, ND,

James Jay (Marlene)

Sorum, Fargo, ND; two

grandchildren: Bridget

(JR) Ryberg, Heather (Jor-

dan) Braaflat; four

great-grandchildren: Abby

Ryberg, Violet, Gracie Jo,

and Opal Braaflat; special

friend Brit Hogoahl, Nor-

way; in-laws: Shirley

Sorum, Kenny (Arlene)

Peterson, Marilyn (Frank)

Umber, Richard (Eliza-

beth) Thompson; and

several nieces, nephews,

and cousins.

Bruce was preceded in

death by his parents; wife

Mavis and daughter Char-

lotte in a motor vehicle

accident in February of

1996; grandson Paul; si-

blings John Sorum, Lillian

(Glen) Swenson, Thelma

(Orluf) Petersen, Marvin

Sorum, and Kathryn (El-

mer) Erwin.

Visitation: Wednesday,

May 22, 2019 from 10 am

until service time at Beth-

lehem Lutheran Church,

Bowbells, ND

Funeral Service:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

at 11 am at Bethlehem

Lutheran Church,

Bowbells, ND

Burial: Bowbells Com-

munity Cemetery,

Bowbells, ND

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