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Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Paul Sorrell

County Man Is Fatally Shot

Paul Sorrell Is Opening Day Victom; Three Wounded

   Gunfire in Gladwin county has claimed the life of one hunter and injured three others during the first four days of the deer season. Paul Veach Sorrell, 27, of near Beaverton was fatally wounded at two p.m. on Saturday while hunting with his father-in-law, Edward Ray, of Gladwin, in Buckeye township. They were seated on opposite sides of a campfire, eating, their lunch, when a bullet from the gun of Hazen S. Fisher of Beaverton, struck Sorrell in the face, killing him instantly.

   Fisher told officers that he was firing at a buck and did not know that anyone was in the line of fire. He was not held as there was no evidence of carelessness on his part. Funeral services for Mr. Sorrell will be held today at the Hall Funeral Home with the Rev. John Scott, pastor of the Gladwin Methodist church, officiating. Burial will be made in Highland cemetery.

   He was born in Louisa, Kentucky, on July 19, 1920, and came to Gladwin from Clare ten years ago. On March 28, 1943, he was married to Miss Sarah Ray, of Gladwin. They made their home in Beaverton. Mr. Sorrell served in the Army Air corps during the war, emerging as a lieutenant. Since his discharge he had operated a well drilling business with his brother-in-law and had acted as an instructor in the ground school at the Gladwin airport.

   Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Laraine Kay; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rupert L. Sorrell, of Plymouth; a brother, Kenneth, of Houghton School of Mining; and a sister Mrs. Lois Hull, of Orlando, Florida. Pallbearers at the services will be fellow servicemen of World War II.

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Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
P:1 C:8
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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