Death of a Class Widow - Shirley Jean Herres - 11th Co.

Shirley Jean Herres (April 13, 1936 - September 20, 2016)

Shirley Jean Herres, 80, of Lincoln, passed away September 20, 2016. Born April 13, 1936 in San Antonio, TX to William Randolph and Effie Lily (Downum) Sneckner. Homemaker. Member of First-Plymouth Church, Random Acts of Kindness, Community Women's Club and Welcome Wagon.

Family members include her daughters, Julie (Bill) Latenser and Jennifer Babeon; son, Michael (Janelle) Herres; grandchildren, Laura (Adam) Vehe, Sarah (Justin) Freitag, William and Jonathan Latenser, Bobby (Jasmine) Babeon, Danie (Monica) Babeon, Kate (Lance) Edwards, Will (Jes) Herres, Alexander and Macrae Zappala; great-grandchildren, Waylon, Jaynie, Lee, Grace, Nola, Bobby and Charlotte; brother, William (Lova) Sneckner; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Robert Herres. 

Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m. Friday (9-23-16) First-Plymouth Church, 2000 'D' Street with Rev. Dr. Jim Keck officiating. Inurnment in Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, San Antonio, TX. 

Memorials in lieu of flowers to Random Acts of Kindness c/o Nancy Borrell or American Cancer Society.

Roper & Sons Funeral Home
4300 O St. Lincoln, NE 68510
Phone 402-476-1225

Will Croom
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Death of a Classmate - Vincent P. HART- 9th Co.

I received the following EMail from Bryce Mutch.

"Joan Hart called Dinah and told her that Vince died on Wednesday.  There will be no burial services and burial will be at sea.  Vince had been ailing for some time and the last time I spoke with him, about three weeks ago,he was very weak."

Will Croom
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Death of a Classmate - Curtis A. Sorenson - 18th Co.

Captain Curtis Alvin Sorenson (USN Retired) passed away peacefully surrounded with family on August 25, 2016. Curt was born on his family farm on September 9, 1928 just outside of Northfield, Minnesota to Danish immigrants Soren Andrew Sorenson and Annie Christine Sorenson. Curt grew up working on the family farm run by his two closest brothers and mother as his father passed when he was only ten. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Marines for three years which led him to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1954 and married his home town girl, Marilyn Jean Nelson. Their new life together began in Hawaii where they enjoyed a honeymoon – like first tour. As the Navy tours brought them to Fort Lauderdale, Puerto Rico and South Carolina, they adopted three children: Scott, Bruce and Kristin. Curt and Marilyn turned the next tours in to a family adventure for their children as they were stationed in New York, Rhode Island, Florida, Minnesota, Italy, Virginia and finally settled in Texas. During this time their children developed an appreciation for the peoples and cultures outside the United States. Curt Sorenson

Curt's military career included being the Captain of several ships. He served as the Commander of the Riverine Assault Force in 1968 during the Vietnam War where he survived the harsh realities of war and received the Bronze Star for "meritorious service from 12 to 17 November 1968" during a particularly intense and gruesome battle. He served on the 6th Fleet staff in the Mediterranean (Italy) which led to his assignment to the Pentagon where he was in charge of 6th Fleet Surface Operations (Virginia).   Curt closed his naval career with a tour as head of the ROTC at the University of Texas.

In 1981 he retired from the Navy and began "working" for his wife as she became a well known antique dealer in Georgetown, TX. Curt kept the books and was constantly moving furniture in ever-changing display rooms and buying sprees. After 25 years of the antique business, Curt gave a "two year notice" to his Marilyn that he wished to retire from the antique business. Three years later they sold the business and really retired where they turned their full attention to their every growing number of grandchildren.   Curt and Marilyn were ever-present at their grandchildren's activities that included football, soccer, band and tennis.

Curt was a consummate military man dedicated to his country and the freedom it stands for. He is a veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War. He was also a family man, caring for his family along the adventurous road he created. Large family reunions of over 200 relatives were nearly an annual event in Minnesota as he never lost touch with his humble roots as a farm boy and his love for the farm animals. On his Texas home, where he had goats, chickens, rabbits and horses, he passed on his husbandry affinity to his children and grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Marilyn, and his parents Soren Andrew Sorenson and Annie Christine (Anderson) Sorenson. He is also preceded in death by nine siblings: Sophus Christian Sorenson (1900-85), Clara Maria (Sorenson) Snell (1904-1975), Mabel Louse (Sorenson) Peterson (1905-2000), Martin Siegfried Sorenson (1909-1986), Arthur Julius Sorenson (1911-1985), Viola Myrtle (Sorenson) Olson (1914-1982), Ruth Elizabeth Sorenson (1917-1979), Walter Milton Sorenson (1919-2001), and Harold Andrew Sorenson (1922-2000).

He is survived by his sons: Scott (Beth) Sorenson and Bruce (Shelly) Sorenson; daughter Kristin (Rick) Cantrill; grandsons: Matthew (Stephanie) Sorenson, Zachary Sorenson, Justin (Bethany) Sherwood, Ethan (Shelby) Sorenson, Quincy Sorenson; granddaughters: Jennifer Cantrill and Sidney Sorenson; and great-grandson Coren Sorenson.

Memorials may be made to Georgetown Living or the Wounded Warriors Fund.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 3rd in the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home with a reception to follow in the Reception Hall of Ramsey Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6th at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

You may share a message or memory in the online memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.


Class Luncheon Tuesday, 13 September

USNA Class of 1954

 Class Luncheon

Tuesday, 13 September

1130 to 1300

Loew's Hotel BAROAK Taproom


Both  valet and "self park" tickets can be validated


Bill Greenlaw


Will Croom
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Death of a Classmate - Curtis A. Sorenson - 18th Co.

​I received word from George Zeberlein that funeral service for Curt Sorenson will be at the Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas, at 1500 on 3 September. Additional information will be posted on the class web site as it becomes available. 

​Will Croom​

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Death of a ClassMate - James Glennon Mahorner -

James Glennon Mahorner, 84 years old, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away on August 20th, 2016 in Tallahassee.

A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, August 28th at noon, where he enjoyed years of morning breakfasts at the Courtyard Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront restaurant. Let's meet on the beach at noonfor a farewell toast.

Courtyard Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront, 1617 North First Street, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

You can always find an adventure. Take adventures. Rules are suggestions and should be challenged. Follow your gut. Arguments can be held with respect. A strong argument doesn't require a loud voice. "Shortcut"… was code for "we are lost, but it won't be boring. We learned to drive on roads not built yet and park without the lines. Friends can hurt you far more than your enemies.

Dad would say, he taught us most people are good. I always argued that. I find most are not. However, there is some good in most and the truly good people are rare treasures. Life is not lived by the number of years but in the quality of time together. Lift others' spirits. He noticed value in others and shared that with them. He frequently left a note on a napkin, usually for a server, with some words of wisdom or a laugh.

Dad was brilliant, once the oldest member of Mensa, a graduate of Annapolis Naval Academy, Stetson Law School and held a degree in Engineering. He was an exceptional bridge player. He enjoyed tennis, most days of his life. Physical activity soothed him. He was an extremely strong swimmer. Kayaking and canoeing were also adventures he enjoyed. His spirit is again free for adventure and his soul is at peace. Sometimes I feel God allows us to see a loved one's body deteriorate to the shell it once was in order for us to be at peace and be thankful that he is no longer imprisoned in that earthly condition. He is now free in heaven and at peace.

We love you Dad.

He is survived by his five children, John (Judi) Mahorner, Jim Mahorner, Mary Christine (Tommy) Gore, Amy Caprice (Wendy) Sykes, Ted Mahorner; and his seven grandchildren; Brandon Gore, John A. Mahorner, Christina Kelly, Nate Mahorner, Lucy Brynn Mahorner, Devin Mahorner and Andrew Mahorner; his sister, Sue Martin, and last but not least, his favorite cousin Pat Lee.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.abbeyfh.com.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 25, 2016