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Norman (Tony) Sorge

January 29, 1944 ~ September 30, 2019 (age 75)
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Norman Ernest Sorge of Deshler, the son of Ernest and Viola (Kramp) Sorge, was born January 29, 1944, in Deshler, NE, fifth of their 8 children.  He departed this life on September 30, 2019 at Fillmore County Hospital, Geneva, at the age of 75 years, 8 months, and 1 day.  He was baptized on February 20, 1944, at St Peters Lutheran Church. He was confirmed on March 30, 1958, at St Peters Lutheran Church, in Deshler. He attended Deshler Lutheran from 1st grade to 8th grade. After that he attended Deshler Public High School and graduated as the Valedictorian of the class of 1962. He began his career at Superior Deshler Company in 1964, as a Fertilizer Technician, prior to transitioning into his new position as "The Lennox Man" of Thayer County. While employed with Superior Deshler he joined the Army National Guard and was called up to active duty to Fort Carson Colorado in 1968. Upon his return from active duty he resumed his duties with Superior Deshler and had a career that spanned 48 years of service. After leaving that career he spent the next 2 years helping to establish his successor as the county’s next "Lennox Man". Norman married Peggy (Pundt) Cossel October 12, 1979, at St Peters Lutheran Church in Deshler. Together they raised 1 daughter Teresa Sorge Lunbery (Red Cloud, NE) and 2 boys, Anthony Cossel (Greenville, SC) and Robert Cossel (Newport Beach, CA). Norman was a car enthusiast and enjoyed purchasing and showing cars that meant a lot to him. He won numerous trophies in many categories with several different types of cars. That said, his prize possession was a 1951 Henry J Kaiser that he had tracked back to being purchased new by his Grandpa Kramp. He had the car completely rebuilt from the frame up, but was sadly, never able to put it into any car shows once it was completed.  Norman was an avid bowler for many years participating in many tournaments and leagues during that time. He accomplished his crown jewel of a perfect game (300 score) on September 24, 2003, at Blue Valley Bowl in Hebron, NE. Norman was a Nebraska Husker sports fanatic. Win lose or draw, he never wavered in his support for his Cornhuskers. Norman was a very active father in the lives of his children including attending sporting events, cub scouts activities, and being a part of their daily lives. Norman always kept his family laughing and entertained with his practical jokes and funny sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Viola, brother Allen, sister Mable Hogeland, son Michael, and granddaughter Harley Cossel.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Peggy Sorge. His children, Teresa and her husband Oliver Lunbery, son Anthony Cossel and wife Diana, son Robert Cossel and wife Kristin. Ten grandchildren, Kayla Lackey, Chanelle Roegler, Sierra Strohm, Thomas Smith, Ian Cossel, Stephanie Lewis, Karissa Cossel, Oliver Lunbery, Tyler Cossel, Atavius Cossel, 7 great-grandchildren Kaiden, Kenzie, Esca, Miah, Kensli, Gabriel, and Sadie, brothers Victor and Carol Sorge, Harvey and Linda Sorge and sisters Dorothy Boss, Esther Cellan, and Eunice Anderson.

Donations may be made to:

Shriner's Children's Hospital c/o funeral home
Hebron NE

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856
Web: http://www.stjude.org/

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