Floyd Dale Sorrick, Jr., 81, of Washington, KS, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2009 at the Washington County Hospital. A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 4 at the United Methodist Church in Washington. The Rev. Randy Jellison-Knock officiated. Sheilla Ouellette played the organ while Dr. James Smart sang. Burial was at 2:00 p.m., Thursday in the Fairmont Cemetery, Blue Rapids, KS. Floyd was born on August 29, 1927, the son of Floyd Dale, Sr. and Lola F. (Groff) Sorrick, at Osage City, KS, where his father was employed as a registered pharmacist. In 1930 the family moved to Blue Rapids, KS, where his brother Jerry Max Sorrick was born. He grew up in Blue Rapids and graduated from Blue Rapids High School in 1945. In December of 1945, he was drafted into the U.S. Air Corps. In June of 1946, he re-enlisted and was shipped to the Aleutian Islands where he served as a control tower operator. In August 1947, the GI bill provided his education for the first two years at Kansas State University. In May of 1951 he graduated from K-State. He was awarded a Lifetime Teaching Certificate from K-State. He enrolled in Washburn School of Law, Topeka, and graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree in January 1955. On August 21, 1949, he was united in marriage to Mary Joan vonRiesen. In April 1955 they moved to Washington where he opened a law office in the old First National Bank building. He served 16 years as county attorney. In 1972 he opened his law office on the west side of the square. He completed 50 years in the practice of law. Survivors include his wife, Joan, of the home; one son, Brad Sorrick and wife Debi of Lecompton, KS; two daughters, Cindy Sorrick and Alan Parker of Manhattan, KS, and Linda Newby and husband Stan of Winfield, KS; one brother, Jerry Sorrick and wife Delores of Houston, TX; and four grandchildren, Jacob and Bryant Newby, and Megan and Drew Sorrick. Floyd was a member of the Masonic Frontier Lodge #104 where he had served as Master for five years and District Deputy Grand Master one year; he served as president of the Washington Rotary International, and was supportive of many worthwhile causes throughout the city and county. Floyd enjoyed fishing, piloting, traveling, attending KSU football and women's basketball games. A memorial fund has been established to the Blue Rapids Historical Society and the United Methodist Church in Washington. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.
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