Archive for Thursday, August 3, 2006

Oliver Moritz Solberg


August 3, 2006

Memorial services for Oliver Moritz "Swede" Solberg, 82, Eudora, were Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Mr. Solberg died Thursday, July 27, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Oliver and Gerda Solberg. He graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School and joined the U.S. Navy in 1940 as a Hellcat fighter pilot during World War II flying missions over Japan from an aircraft carrier. He returned home in 1945.

Mr. Solberg entered the post-war home-building business and oversaw construction of houses in the Kansas City area, Lawrence and Wichita. He owned Craftmark Homes in the 1960s and retired in the 1970s to his farm in Eudora.

He was a member of the Blue Lodge in Overland Park and the Abdullah Scottish Rite and was a 32nd Degree Mason.

He married Betty Ray on Dec. 9, 1945. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, George Edwin "Pepper" Solberg, Eudora; a daughter, Vicki Hanson, Lenexa; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A brother, Frederick M. Solberg Sr., and two sisters, Helen Lindberg and Ladine Files, preceded him in death.

The family suggests memorials to the Palliative Care Unit at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence 66044.

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