Longtime Kenai resident, O.H. Butch Sorrels, 66, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna, with his family at his side.
A celebration of his life will be held 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at The Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 North Forest, in Kenai. A reception will follow the services.
Mr. Sorrels was born March 11, 1944, to Othel Houston Sr. and Drucilla Pauline (Nelson) Sorrels, in Los Angeles, Calif. He graduated from Farmington High School, in Farmington, N.M., in 1962. Four years later he married the love of his life, Gail Darby, on Jan. 21, 1966. He followed his lifelong dream of moving to Alaska, settling in Kenai in October 1978. He worked for B and B Construction, was a welder at Qwik Construction, an operator for Chevron, USA, and lastly for BP, working in Prudhoe Bay as an operator until he retired in 2001. He was a member of the Star of The North Lutheran Church, in Kenai.
He loved hunting, fishing, collecting and shooting guns, reloading ammo, camping, dancing, watching Western movies, especially John Wayne movies, and riding his Yamaha, Rhino.
The family wrote, "Butch had a great sense of humor and would do just about anything for a laugh. He also loved to tell stories. He was especially proud of his time spent working with the sheriff's department in Farmington, N.M. He was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation. He overcame many health challenges over the past ten years, and had a strength to be admired. Butch always said he was proud to be a Sorrels, 'Where the men are good lookin', the women are strong and the children are all above average!' Butch was very thankful for his many cherished friends. We look forward to the time we meet him again....."waitin'"'"
He was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Sorrels.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gail Sorrels, of Kenai; sons, Christopher Sorrels, of Kasilof, and Brandon Sorrels, and his wife, Trish, of Kenai; daughter, Shannon Schilling and her husband, David, of Nikiski, father, Othel H. Sorrels, Sr., of Farmington, N.M.; sisters, Paula Sorrels, of Farmington, N.M., and Judy Jeter, of Grand Junction, Colo,; brothers, Stephen Sorrels and his wife, Monica, of Bloomfield, N.M., and Joe Sorrels and his wife, Karen, of Springtown, Texas; 11 grandchildren; Adam Myers, Alyssa Schwenke and her husband, Tav; Samuel Schilling; Kimberly Schilling, of Nikiski; Mykel, Alexis Sorrels, of Kasilof; Heather Sorrels, of Paonia, Colo.; Sierra, Mariah, Dakota and Chelsea Sorrels, all of Kenai; and numerous nieces, nephews and many loved ones and friends.
Memorial donations or condolences may be sent to 2710 Watergate Way, Kenai, Alaska 99611.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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