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Gil Zaragoza

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The family has invited the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) to attend the Military Honors of their loved one, Kevin Robert Sorrell as he makes his final journey.

It will be an honor to do so.

Kevin was in the Air Force from 1968 to 1989. His specialties included that of Airlift Aircraft Maintenance Technician, six years. Maintenance Scheduling Technician, twelve plus years, and Strategic Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, two years.

Kevin’s awards/citations were as follows: NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon w/one device, Air Force Longevity Service Award w/four devices, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Service Long Tour Ribbon w/one device, Air Force Training Ribbon, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/two devices, and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal w/five Oak Leaf Clusters. Kevin retired as a Master Sergeant (MSgt, E-7)

After retiring from the Air Force, Kevin went to work as an Aircraft Scheduler for Norton Air Force Base from 1990 to 2005. Kevin later became an Appraiser for the County of San Bernardino, where he again retired in 2015 after serving the public for another ten years.

Kevin’s hobbies included woodworking, mainly personalized clocks for many lucky recipients. He enjoyed gardening and baking homemade pies with the fruits from the garden. He had a deep passion for motorcycles and enjoyed long rides with his close friends and his loving wife. Kevin collected all things eagles and loved a great BBQ, especially surrounded by the large family he and Bea created. Most of all, Kevin adored his grandchildren and children, never missing an award ceremony, birthday party, childhood milestone or life event.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Beatrice, daughters, Karen, Julie, and Christina, and son, Chad. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, his sister Diana and brothers, Douglas and Norman.

Kevin’s funeral services at Riverside National Cemetery on 17 June 2021 would have been his seventy-first birthday.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring this Military Veteran. For those interested, and all PGR members are welcome, we will be accompanying the hero and his family from the family residence to his final resting place. Please see the timetable if you would like to participate. For those who would rather go directly to the cemetery, we will meet you there.

If you cannot accompany this Hero please consider meeting us at the entrance of the Cemetery with a flag line as the hero arrives.

NOTE: Please observe the latest “COVID-19” restrictions.

Time Table for Thursday 17 June 2021

1115 – Stage at Circle K, 1598 N Orange, Redlands,

1145 – Mission Briefing

1200 – KSU to the family residence (0.2 Miles)

1215 – Flag line as our Hero is moved to the family vehicle for transport.

1215 – KSU to Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518 (PGR Staging: on Normandy near the first roundabout, entering at East Normandy and passing Staging Area #9)

1315 – KSU to the assigned Shelter for Flag line, Service, and Military Honors or as authorized by the Cemetery Representative.

RC: Stephen “Opie” Zeeb MSgt, USAF (Ret)
SoCalPGR Ride Captain

You do not have to be a Veteran or a motorcycle rider to attend this mission. All PGR members are welcome. We encourage those who do not ride to attend in your car. If this will be your first mission go to the initial staging area and you will be briefed there by the R/C (Ride Captain). Dress for motorcycle riding or dress casually if you are driving a cage (car). Please feel free to attend any portion of this mission you can. Please ride/drive safely.

Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and respect for our Heroes. No talking, smoking, or cell phone use during the flag line or service.
Gil Zaragoza
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