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Hans Sorensen, a Sonoma County resident for 70 years, died Feb. 12 at his Sebastopol [CA] home after a brief illness. He was 72.

Sorensen was born of Danish parents. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. He participated in the liberation of Holland. In 1983, he was honored with gifts from representatives of the towns he helped free.

He also was a volunteer with the Rincon Valley Fire Department for many years. He was a member of the Amateur Radio Club and assisted disaster victims and with area bike races.

Sorensen spent 20 years with Neilson's Santa Rosa Furniture, then worked for J.C. Penney until retiring in 1977 as a supervisor.

His family said he built his home, called ''Kismet,'' from the ground up, handling the plumbing, electrical and carpentry work. He also liked to repair radios and TV sets.  ''There wasn't anything he couldn't do in electronics,'' said his wife of 25 years, Corinne Sorensen of Sebastopol.

''He was a strong and gentle man with varied interests and abilities,'' said his daughter, Sherry Smith of Key West, Fla.

His love for electronics led him from citizens band radio to TV to computers. He earned degrees in electronics through the mail. His family said he was always learning and trying new things. He also loved the outdoors, including scuba diving, and was intimately familiar with Northern California's back roads. He was a stream and lake fisherman from California to Canada.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Sorensen is survived by his son, Eric Sorensen of Berkeley; another daughter, Claire Sorensen of Healdsburg; sister, Vera Allen of Santa Rosa; brother, Harold Sorensen of Sebastopol; and four grandchildren.

Private services were conducted. Memorial donations are preferred to the hospice of the donor's choice.

(The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA, 22 Feb 1997, Page B2 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

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