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January 24, 2013 8:42 am

Ralph Louis Sorensen

(May 17, 1938 - Jan. 18, 2013)

Ralph Louis Sorensen, 74, of Cody, died Jan. 18, 2013 due to complications from congenital heart failure.

Ralph was born May 17, 1938 in Casper. He grew up in Casper, graduated from Natrona High School and then received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in education. He met his wife, Carolyn, at UW and they were married in 1959.

Ralph joined the United States Army in 1960 and had a long, distinguished career, honorably retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1980. He moved to Cody and took over his father’s ranch. After 20 years, he retired from ranching and then worked part-time at Intermountain Dental Laboratory.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and his son Scott.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn; son Rahn of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister Dorothy (Bill) Chrisman of Cave Creek, Ariz.; sister-in-law Barbara Nicovich of Aurora, Colo.; niece Kris Nicovich of Denver, Colo.; nephew Bill Chrisman of Phoenix, Ariz.; and daughter-in-law Melissa Sorensen of San Marcos, Calif.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody. Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Cody with military honors by the VFW Honor Guard.

Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090 or online at www.alz.org.

An online guestbook is available at www.ballardfh.com.

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