He was born on Dec. 15, 1925 in Larson, N.D. to Albert and Thilda (Ronholdt) Sorlie. He married Luella (Westphal) Olsen on Nov. 15, 1954. She passed away on Nov. 23, 1978. They had one daughter, Jewell.
He married Donna Walden Brockman on Oct. 28, 1983.
Blackie said one of the proudest things he ever did in his life was when he adopted his son Mark, and daughter Donna Rae, from his first marriage. To this day he loves them like they were his own.
Survivors include his loving wife, Donna; children, Mark (Lanette) Sorlie of Billings, Donna Warwick (Gary) of Conrad, and Jewell Sorlie of Billings; step-children, Jimmy Ellsworth of Portland, Ore., Wayne Ellsworth of Glendive, Vickie Globstad of Dickinson, N.D., Buddy Ellsworth of Conrad, Michelle Ellsworth of Bozeman, and Marla Jo (Kelly) Ellsworth Ball of Black Eagle; grandchildren, Richard Warwick and his children, Maddy and Zach of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Jodi Starke and children, Jeremy and Lauryn of Loveland, Colo., Tara (Zach) and children, Torey, Ashlynn, Sylas and Zayden, Natalie (Andy) Hill of Chicago, Ill., and son, Brady and daughter, Kaylie; brother, Lloyd (Viola) Sorlie of Yakima, Wash.; special granddaughter, Christy (Grinnell) Day Chief of Heart Butte. Christy lived with him off and on in her younger years. Grandpa and Christy grew to love each other and would do anything for each other.
Blackie was a carpenter and worked on the elevators in Montana, he worked on the Marias Bridge and built many decks in Conrad. He was a great master carpenter. A lot of people called him when they needed something built. He took pride in his work. He was missed when he could no longer work due to failing health. He loved making saw horses. Whatever paint color he had on hand went on the horses. Some were pink or pea green. He didn’t care what color he painted them. He would say, “I’m color blind and who cares what color they are.” He would mix paints together and sell them and apparently his customers didn’t mind the colors. When the sawhorses were all gone, the lumber yard would call him and tell him, “the horses are out” and he was back to work to make more.
He served in the Army and fought in the Korea conflict. He earned many medals such as The National Defense, Army of Occupation, Korean Service, and more. His medals will be displayed into a museum in the military section.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alvin, Roy, Chet, and Ernest and Marvin, who died in France during WWII.
Memorials can be made to Pondera Medical Center Extended Care or Pondera Valley Lutheran Church.
Services will be held at a later date. Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.