Robert "Bob" Owen Sorenson

May 25, 1945 - February 08, 2024


Obituary For Robert "Bob" Owen Sorenson

MCFARLAND – Robert Owen “Bob” Sorenson, age 78, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at Meriter Hospital with his family by his side. Bob was born on May 25, 1945, to Francis O. and Viola V. (Farris) Sorenson. In 1964, Bob graduated from Edgerton High School. He then enlisted in the Army National Guard. Bob was united in marriage to Cleo N. Kiergaard in Madison, WI, on June 6, 1986. For more than 30 years he was a very proud, dedicated and trusted employee at Wisco Industries in Oregon, WI.

Bob had a pretty hard outer shell. He was not one who verbally shared his emotions or affection. Bob did however show his feelings of love and friendship in person by being a very caring, loyal and dependable man who was always willing to lend a hand. Bob had many hobbies and interests throughout his life including archery, hunting, fishing, woodworking, photography, bowling, auto racing, building models and model railroading with his sons, birdwatching and spending time with his wife Cleo and her green thumb in their beautiful yard. His most notable hobby and passion for more than 40 years was as a proud member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He shared this love with his son Bob who was also a member.

He is survived by his wife Cleo; sons Robert P. (Tanya) and Edward J Sorenson; step-son Steven Kiergaard; brother Dave (Connie) Sorenson; sisters Linda Santos, Patricia Clark, and Virginia (Rick) Skare; grandchildren Danica “Bee” Sorenson and Cassie Kiergaard; and many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Henry John; sister Susan Hoffman; brothers-in-law Clint Hoffman, Howard Santos and Phil Clark.

A visitation will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N Sherman Ave., on Thursday February 15, 2024, from 4-6pm followed by a short memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice in Bob’s name.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at UW and Meriter Hospitals for the care and compassion they provided during this difficult time. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2418 N Sherman Ave



15 Feb


04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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06:00 PM

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  • February 15, 2024

    Bob will be truly missed by the entire staff at UPH-Meriter Wellness Ctr., where he came to exercise twice a week. Bob was a wonderful person and a joy to be around. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Cleo & the family.

  • February 13, 2024

    I always thought it was special that Bob and I went to high school together and then in my teaching career I had his son as a student. Rest In Peace. Ruby Murwin Cabibbo.

  • February 11, 2024

    Cousin Bob will be missed. Especially his contagious smile. Family reunions just won't be the same. Rest in peace. Melody


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