Russel R. Sorgen

  • Died: June 13, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Lakeside Park

1140 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

Russel R. Sorgen, 87, A life long resident of Fort Wayne, Russell Sorgen passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning June 13, 2019. He was much beloved by all who were fortunate enough to know him. Born In 1931, He went to Precious Blood Church & School, then on to Catholic and Central Catholic High School, where he was a football and basketball star. At Central, some of his football records still stand. He attended Florida State on a football scholarship. After college he volunteered for several years as assistant football coach at Precious Blood. Russell served in the Korean War, as sergeant of the motor pool. He always had good things to say about being in the army, and the camaraderie that he felt while serving. After the army he began working at Joslyn Steel (later Slater Steel) at the urging of his brother Stan. He spoke highly of his time there as a "good place to work --everybody got along really well." He retired in 1990 as a Lead Man. After retirement, he and his wife of 61 years, Janice, went "North to Alaska" for the summer. Retirement included winters trips in their travel trailer to Mission, Texas where they spent happy times western-style dancing, playing softball and frisbee golf. If Russell had one parting message, it would be, "Fine and dandy, sugar candy!" He is survived by his wife Janice, son Russ, daughter Cindy, son-in law Eric, and grandsons Ryan, Daniel and Benjamin, plus many nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial gathering on Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside. Funeral will be held on Monday at 10:00 am at Precious Blood Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Precious Blood School Athletics.